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16 mins: West Ham comes to life! This is another long, but accurate ball from Dawson. Benrahma controls him on the run and gets a firm shot, but the angle is too tight.


14 mins: The game developed a pattern: patience and passing mesh from Lyon, long balls and high pressing from West Ham, cutting edge from neither.


9 minutes: A shot! From a Lyon player – about 30 yards away, instantly blocked. But they warm up and play their first threatening cross, launched from the left, well defended by West Ham.


8 minutes: You know how some matches start at a breakneck pace? It’s not one of them.


7 minutes: Lyon enter the box, Dembele holding the ball well, à la Lukaku, but again the final ball is poor.


5 minutes : Gusto, Lyon’s fast right winger, has plenty of time to score a cross, but he overcooks it.


3 minutes: Lyon is quiet, West Ham more direct. Antonio takes the lead on a punt from Areola but doesn’t quite find Bowen with his flick.


1 minute: Lyon opens the party with a few neat little passes.


Declan Rice bumps fists with Lyon captain – Moussa Dembele. Rice must avoid a caution if he wants to play the rematch.


West Ham have won their last four home games in all competitions, their best streak for ten years. But Lyon have won their last six away matches in the Europa League. Something has to give.


The public loves it. The London stadium is moving like it hasn’t since the Rolling Stones played there a few years ago.

West Ham v Lyon: Europa League quarter-final first leg – live!  |  Europa League
Come on, Irons! Photography: Simon Dael/REX/Shutterstock


Bubbles are blown. And sang.


David Moyes talks to BT, seems calm. “A slightly different match, he said, is the first leg. We would like to win, but it’s not settled tonight.

He says he picked Ryan Fredericks (over Ben Johnson) in part because of the pace of Karl Toko-Ekambi – who, as he doesn’t specify, is on the bench.


Teams: Lyon unchanged

Lyon (4-2-3-1?): lopes; Gusto, Boateng, Lukeba, Emerson; Mendes, Ndombele; Faivre, Paqueta, Aouar; Dembele.

Replacements: Pollersbeck, Da Silva, Denayer, Barcola, Henrique, Dubois, Reine-Adélaïde, Barcola, Kadewere, Tete, Toko-Ekambi.


Teams: West Ham as planned

West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Areola; Fredericks, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio.

Replacements: Fabianski, Johnson, Coufal, Masuaku, Diop, Alese, Noble, Kral, Perkins, Randolph, Vlasic, Yarmolenko.



Good evening everyone and welcome to West Ham’s biggest European game since… well, I’m doing it in 1981. That one didn’t go too well: after storming the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners’ Cup, they lost 4-1 at home to Dinamo Tbilisi. But that was then, so long ago that one of their regulars was Frank Lampard (Senior). And it is now that they have just seen Sevilla, who pretty much own the Europa League.

Manchester United, eat your heart out. David Moyes isn’t just watching United in the standings: he’s still in Europe and they’re not. But he won’t allow himself much gloating as his team faces a tricky mission here. At, Nate Silver’s prediction machine, West Ham are favored to pass this round, but only by 55% to 45.

Lyon waltzed through their group, winning five games and losing none. When they last came to the UK in September, they beat the mighty Rangers. They are erratic in Ligue 1, where they are ninth, but effective in Europe: in the last round, against Porto, they won 1-0 away before drawing 1-1 at home. It could be the loudest night at the London Stadium since the win over Sevilla.

Kick-off is at 8 p.m., so I’ll be back shortly after 7 p.m. with the teams.

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