West Ham VS AZ Alkmaar 2-1 | Europa Conference League semi-final

In West Ham vs AZ Alkmaar, Michail Antonio’s goal gave West Ham a 2-1 lead against AZ in the first leg of their European Conference League semi-final, David Moyes stated he was about to pull him off. Tijjani Reijnders beat Alphonse Areola at his near post four minutes before halftime but Said Benrahma’s penalty brought the Hammers back into the game after a sluggish start to the second half. Following that, the tide shifted, and David Moyes’ side took the lead for the first time when Antonio prodded in after Nayef Aguerd’s header was cleared off the line. Antonio’s 14th goal of the season was his most in eight seasons in east London.

West Ham VS AZ Alkmaar 2-1 | Europa Conference League semi-final

It was enough to give West Ham an aggregate advantage going into the return leg next Thursday in the Netherlands. “I was about to change him for Danny Ings,” Moyes revealed afterward. “At the end, I felt like we just needed a different approach, and if it hadn’t been five minutes earlier, I might have taken him

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off.”  West Ham faced their second European semi-final in a year as they attempted to reach their first European final since 1976. The teams were met by pyrotechnics, pyrotechnics, and a maelstrom of noise in east London. The mood was appropriate for a final, let alone the final four. The Hammers produced lots of chances because they were eager to hand the ball over to their Dutch rivals in order to play on the break. Jarrod Bowen headed over after Declan Rice’s cross, and Benrahma made a fingertip stop from ex-Brighton custodian Mat Ryan before firing over from deep. Their half-time expected goals figure of 0.71 from eight shots, on the other hand, indicated a lack of instinct.

AZ snatched the lead out of nowhere and under extremely disputed conditions. Sam Beukema looked to shove Lucas Paqueta as the pair leaped for an aerial pass, but referee Halil Umut Meler allowed play to continue, with the ball being passed up the pitch to Reijnders, who beat Areola with one touch. With each poor last ball or cheap turnover in the second half, West Ham’s ambition seemed to diminish, and the frustration in the crowd grew. AZ was keeping control of the tie and doing an excellent job of it. The Hammers were then given a reprieve. Ryan leaped to clear a cross but was beaten to the ball by Bowen, who was hit in the face with a heavy hand and won a penalty as a result. Benrahma came up and used the ideal combination of power and placement to completely destroy the Australian. In the aftermath of the equalizer, AZ was unable to nullify West Ham’s quick impetus and, 14 minutes from time.

“West Ham favorites following comeback victory

“Two-one is never an easy score to achieve, but West Ham is the favorite going into the second leg next week. Now, for AZ, the tactical conflict will be different. They sat back a little after taking the lead at the London Stadium, but they’ll need to start attacking right away now. West Ham prefers that. They frequently engaged in counterattacks during the early half of the first leg since they prefer to sit slightly deeper. In Alkmaar, there will be an intriguing tactical fight, but West Ham is just happy to be ahead going into the second leg.

“I’ve seen West Ham a lot this season, and for the most part, it hasn’t been enjoyable to watch. When they required a result recently, they were able to get it. This has been the situation all season. When there was a need for a solution, they discovered one. However, they are finally beginning to put together some performances. The players are beginning to regain their previous level from last season. “The victory over AZ Alkmaar was crucial, and the result versus Man United at the weekend was significant. They are at their best right now.

“The win over AZ Alkmaar was essential, and the weekend result against Man United was critical. Right now, they are at their best.

In West Ham vs AZ Alkmaar, Michail Antonio's goal gave West Ham a 2-1 lead against AZ in the first leg of their European Conference League semi-final

“I firmly feel that this community is incredibly resilient,” said Moyes of his team.

I think we’ll need it, and I think we have it thanks to the team and the club. We’ve needed it in the Premier League games we’ve played. But most recently, we won the first leg of the semi-final by a score of 2-1 over Manchester United. You’d have to say that’s okay.

“It really doesn’t matter how you do it when it comes to cup competitions; the task is accomplished.”

“The win over AZ Alkmaar was essential, and the weekend result against Man United was critical. Right now, they are at their best.

“I firmly feel that this community is incredibly resilient,” said Moyes of his team. I think we’ll need it, and I think we have it thanks to the team and the club. We’ve needed it in the Premier League games we’ve played. But most recently, we won the first leg of the semi-final by a score of 2-1 over Manchester United. You’d have to say that’s okay.

“It really doesn’t matter how you do it when it comes to cup competitions; the task is accomplished.”

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