The fight to reach the Champions League is raging in the Premier and, after losing Chelsea on Saturday, David Moyes’ West Ham did not waste the opportunity to reach fourth place thanks to their 2-3 victory against Wolves in a great first part. Eight exciting days remain.
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West Ham had a spectacular start to the game at the Molineux with Michail Antonio and the resurgent Jesse Lingard as main players. Antonio barely took 4 minutes to warn of his intentions with a play and final whiplash that Rui Patricio deflected to the post with a save.
Lingard opens the scoreboard on a dizzying diagonal
But West Ham did not forgive just two minutes later in a manual contral started in their area that Lingard culminated after a dizzying diagonal crossing against Rui Patricio when taking advantage of the fact that Antonio dragged several defenders. It is the sixth goal in eight league games since he arrived from Manchester United in January.
Fornals makes it 0-2
At a quarter of an hour West Ham struck again in another of its continuous arrivals. Arthur Masuaku delayed from the baseline and Pablo Fornals put his right foot perfectly to cross the ball into the net.
Wolves had some option but West Ham did not give him respite anticipating in all the balls and with the tireless Lingard and Antonio, this one until in the 34th minute he had to retire injured, although his substitute, Jarrod Bowen, also scratched a great level.
Adama finally appears but Bowen puts the 0-3
Adama Traoré appeared for the first time in the 37th minute with a centered shot that was saved by Lukasz Fabianski, but West Ham’s reply was devastating in another against. Lingard went for speed between four rivals and put a great ball in the race to Bowen, who scored at the short post only against Rui Patricio (38 ‘).
0-3 but the game was not decided far from it. In the 41st minute, Wolves had already scored twice for William José, frustrated by Fabianski, and Pedro Neto, who missed a sung goal in the rebound of the Pole.
Adama’s impressive ride in the 1-3
There was time before the break for Adama Traoré to star in the play of the match, starting from his field and dodging rivals on the left in a prodigious ride to the baseline. There he crossed and Leander Dendoncker made it 1-3 with an accurate header (44 ‘).
Fabio Salva scores and West Ham resists in the end
In the second half Bowen was able to kill the game twice, but Wolves never threw in the towel. Pedro Neto sent a great pass from the midfield that left only Fabio Silva, who crossed to the net against Fabianski (68 ‘).
The ‘wolves’, led by Adama Traoré and Pedro Neto, turned against a West Ham already dedicated to defending its cut advantage tooth and nail. The ‘hammers’ dream of the Champions League, while Nuno Espirito Santo’s team, 14th in the table, could not avoid their fifth consecutive day without winning.
Wolves: Rui Patrício; Nelson Semedo, Coady, Saïss, Aït-Nouri (Hoever, 91 ‘); Dendoncker, Rúben Neves; Pedro Neto, Podence (Fábio Silva, 46 ‘), Adama Traoré; Willian José (Vitinha, 72 ‘)
West Ham: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell; Soucek, Noble; Fornals (Benrahma, 78′), Lingard, Masuaku (Ben Johnson, 67′); Antonio (Bowen, 36′)
Goals: 0-1 Lingard (6 ‘), 0-2 Fornals (14’), 0-3 Bowen (39 ‘), 1-3 Dendoncker (44’), 2-3 Fábio Silva (68 ‘)
Referee: Michael Oliver. Cards: YELLOW: Dawson (5 ‘), Diop (10’),
Rúben Neves (86 ‘), Soucek (91’), Lingard (93 ‘)
Stadium: Behind closed doors at the Molineux Stadium