Analysis: West Ham 2-1 Anderlecht


Simon Stone, BBC Sport at the London Stadium

West Ham were too good for Anderlecht throughout – Said Benrahma’s well-taken free-kick put the hosts ahead before Jarrod Bowen slotted in his European record goal.

The final 15 minutes saw nasty scenes as rival supporters threw seats at each other, prompting police to intervene to separate them.

Aside from that, the simmering tension in the stands, the negatives for West Ham came on the injury front.

Angelo Ogbonna missed the final six months of last season after suffering a cruciate injury and has been working hard all summer on his rehabilitation.

But the 34-year-old lasted just 22 minutes before signaling he couldn’t continue and was replaced by Craig Dawson.

The substitute then had to be substituted himself 15 minutes before the end, shortly after a clash of heads with team-mate Flynn Downes.

In his post-match press conference, David Moyes said Ogbonna had a tight hamstring, while Dawson left with a dead leg.

With new signing Nayef Aguerd still a bit far from a first-team return, despite being in training after recovering from an ankle injury suffered in pre-season, it could mean the Hammers are short on defense as they face three Premier League games in a week, which includes a trip to Liverpool.


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