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Ten-man Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joins West Ham as Aaron Cresswell’s red card eclipses Europa League clash against Lyon


Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele denied West Ham a famous win over Lyon as his strike saw the sides play out a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium.

Ndombele, who is on loan at Lyon from Spurs, scored the equalizer for the French side after Jarrod Bowen put the Hammers ahead early in the second half.

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Bowen took advantage of poor Lyon defending to put West Ham ahead

Ten-man Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joins West Ham as Aaron Cresswell’s red card eclipses Europa League clash against Lyon

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But Ndombele assured that the spoils would be shared in the first leg

Lyon have the advantage going into the second leg on April 14, however, David Moyes’ men can be proud of the result after spending the second half a light man.

Aaron Cresswell was sent off for firing Moussa Dembele on the stroke of half-time, but referee Felix Zwayer’s decision did not sit well with Hammers boss Moyes being shown a yellow card for his protests at half-time.

Former West Ham player Alvin Martin said in a commentary for talkSPORT: “What I don’t understand is that I think he walks away from the goal… Zouma, I thought he was closer, but on the replay it seems to stop, it should continue.

“It’s a major turning point in the game, there’s no doubt about it. This game wasn’t difficult to officiate, but it made it even more difficult. He created problems of his own making.

“Dembele didn’t score the goal, Cresswell did touch it but maybe the referee could have been given a yellow card and I don’t think there would have been any argument from either the other of the managers.”

Martin added: “For me it was an all day yellow.


Ten-man Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joins West Ham as Aaron Cresswell’s red card eclipses Europa League clash against Lyon

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To the shock of the home crowd, Cresswell was sent off for the challenge on Dembele

Ten-man Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joins West Ham as Aaron Cresswell’s red card eclipses Europa League clash against Lyon

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Zwayer warned Moyes for his angry protests

“Two players came down for Lyon earlier and the referee stopped the game for them. He had no right to stop the game. But as soon as he does it sets a precedent for the game, but when Bowen falls, why doesn’t he do the same?

Nevertheless, a draw keeps West Ham’s dream of a place in the semi-finals, against Barcelona or Eintracht Frankfurt alive and well.

It promises to be a spicy second leg in France’s culinary capital after tempers sometimes boiled over, while Dembele’s wink, which looked like Cristiano Ronaldo’s wink after Wayne was sent off Rooney at the 2006 World Cup, after Cresswell’s red card did not go unnoticed in the ranks of the Hammers.

Lyon may be having an erratic season domestically – they are currently ninth in Ligue 1 – but they are unbeaten in this competition and knocked out Porto in the round of 16.

They are also seasoned European campaigners and soon began to showcase their darker arts repertoire, infuriating West Ham when Jérôme Boateng and Ndombele both stayed on the ground after no foul was committed.

Ten-man Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joins West Ham as Aaron Cresswell’s red card eclipses Europa League clash against Lyon

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The middle man didn’t have the best outing

German referee Zwayer seemed caught up in their antics, stopping play each time with West Ham looking to attack.

Then, in first-half stoppage time and with West Ham’s growing frustration, Cresswell suddenly found himself chasing Dembele and dragging him back to the edge of the box.

Kurt Zouma was also on the scene as cover, but Zwayer decided Cresswell was the last man and pulled out a straight red card, much to the delight of Dembele’s wink and the dismay of David Moyes.

The Hammers manager’s fluency in German is not known, but he obviously expressed his feelings quite clearly when Zwayer booked him as he rushed through the tunnel.

Ten-man Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joins West Ham as Aaron Cresswell’s red card eclipses Europa League clash against Lyon

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Cresswell is suspended for the return match in Lyon

But West Ham’s sense of unfairness saw them take the lead seven minutes into the second half.

Michail Antonio’s burst wreaks havoc on the Lyon defense and Pablo Fornals tries to sneak past Bowen.

Boateng missed his attempt to control the ball and it rolled behind Bowen, but the winger managed to collect it, spin and clip the ball over Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes via a deflection from the sliding Boateng.

However, Lyon equalized in the 66th minute when Ndombele entered the box to shoot from six yards out after a cross from substitute Tete hit Ryan Fredericks.

Ten-man Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joins West Ham as Aaron Cresswell’s red card eclipses Europa League clash against Lyon

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Bowen was aware of a sloppy Boateng defense to give West Ham the lead

Ten-man Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joins West Ham as Aaron Cresswell’s red card eclipses Europa League clash against Lyon

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But Ndombele equalized from close range in the 62nd minute

Ten-man Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joins West Ham as Aaron Cresswell’s red card eclipses Europa League clash against Lyon

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Everything is to be played before the return match

There was a sour note in the game after a pitch invader – the game’s second – jumped off the pitch and actually stopped a promising Hammers attack before it was escorted away.

Dembele headed in as West Ham saw a nervous eight minutes of stoppage time to give themselves a fighting chance in seven days.

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