Despite a Michail Antonio opener, West Ham 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Agg: 1-3) saw the Hammers eliminated from Europe

Apr 19, 2024 | Sports

West Ham delivered a nail-biting contest against Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen, ultimately succumbing to a 3-1 aggregate loss as Jeremie Frimpong’s late goal secured Leverkusen’s spot in the Europa League semi-finals.

Facing the daunting challenge of breaking Leverkusen’s season-long unbeaten streak, West Ham fought fiercely from the start. Michail Antonio’s 13th-minute header provided a glimmer of hope for the hosts, igniting anticipation among fans.

However, despite their valiant efforts, West Ham needed another goal to erase the 2-0 deficit from the first leg. Despite close calls from Jarrod Bowen and James Ward-Prowse, the elusive goal has yet to materialize.

Leverkusen, albeit with a much-changed lineup, struggled in the first half, prompting manager Xabi Alonso to make three substitutions early on. Yet, after the break, the visitors regained composure, thwarting West Ham’s attempts to level the tie

Though West Ham pressed on, Leverkusen remained resolute, with only Bowen’s near miss posing a threat. In a cruel twist of fate, Leverkusen sealed their progression with Frimpong’s 89th-minute strike, deflecting off Aaron Cresswell and past Lukas Fabianski, ensuring their unbeaten streak remained intact.

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