After the draw between RB Leipzig and Atalanta Bergamo in the early afternoon (1-1), the other three quarter-finals of the Europa League were played this Thursday night with a French club that is still in the competition: Olympique Lyonnais, who traveled to the Olympic Stadium in London to face West Ham. After a narrow victory against Angers last weekend (3-2), Les Gones wanted to get a good result on English soil to put themselves in a favorable position for the semi-finals. For their part, the Hammers had experienced the same scenario as their rival in the afternoon, it was against Everton (2-1) and they wanted to start this double confrontation in the best possible way.
To do this, David Moyes fielded the same winning eleven at home against the Toffees in the Premier League, with Benrahma supporting Antonio in the center of attack and the Frenchman Zouma in central defence. As for Peter Bosz, the Dutch coach placed the same confidence in his players with a team identical to the one proposed last Sunday, Aouar accompanying Paquetá, Faivre and Dembélé on the front line. The match got off to a good start for Lyonnais, who pushed West Ham to the limit. But if the first occasion was Rhône (10th), the Hammers also got some opportunities, thus looking for a reassuring Lopes in their outings (16th, 32nd), somewhat less with the ball.
OL surprised in numerical superiority
Just before the break, OL could count on a numerical superiority after Cresswell was sent off, guilty of pulling his shirt as the last defender over Dembélé (45+3rd). And yet, the locals opened the scoring after a great dominance in the locker room return: after a turnover by Gusto, the pass blocked by Fornals in the area finally found Bowen, only to push the ball into the net of Lopes. (1-0, 52nd). Antonio was even able to make the break ten minutes later, but the Portuguese goalkeeper went well to the center of the striker (63rd). Taking advantage of the English inefficiency, Tanguy Ndombele took advantage of Tetê’s center blocked by the defense to shake the empty goals and revive his team (1-1, 66th).
A goal that restored the confidence of Peter Bosz’s men, who dominated the opposite field for the rest of the second half. However, the Hammers, buoyed by the good atmosphere after the break, doubled but did not break against the wave of Lyon. West Ham were even penalized by… their own fans, as an individual had entered the pitch during an English counter-attack (87th). Despite 8 minutes of extra time, Lyon and West Ham left with a parity score (1-1). In the rest of the afternoon’s games, Ferran Torres’ Barça tied in Frankfurt before returning to the Camp Nou after the debut of a very willing Eintracht but reduced to 10 in the second half. Finally, Braga take the lead against Rangers thanks to Abel Ruiz before flying to Scotland next week.
The results of the night:
RB Leipzig 1-1 Atalanta Bergame: Zappacosta (csc, 58e) / Muriel (17e)
panties 1-0 Rangers: Abel Ruiz (40e)
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 FC Barcelona: Knauff (48th) / Ferran Torres (65th)
West Ham 1-1 Olympique Lyonnais: Bowen (52nd) / Ndombele (66th)