West ham dumped out of europe by astra giurgiu

West ham dumped out of europe by astra giurgiu

West ham dumped out of europe by astra giurgiu

The Hammers host Romanian outfit Astra Giurgiu in the second leg of their Europa league qualifier on Thursday, with the tie finely poised at 1-1.

The victor of the tie will qualify for the Europa League proper and progress is essential for the Hammers if they want to continue to grow on and off the pitch now they have moved into their 60,000 seater home.

Slaven Bilic's side had left the tie in the balance after a disappointing 1-1 away draw a week ago and that result came back to haunt them as Astra took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Filipe Teixeira.

Slaven Bilic's side are in pole position to go through but have plenty of work to do after their1-1 draw in Romania last week. "We were second best", he told reporters.

In contrast, the Hammers had 17 unsuccessful attempts at goal - again highlighting Bilic's need for attacking reinforcements.

Manchester City's Wilfried Bony and Simone Zaza of Juventus remain targets but, in the meantime, rookie Argentine forward Jonathan Calleri was handed the responsibility in attack.

Bilic has suffered a wave of injuries to key players already this season with Andy Carroll, new record signing Andre Ayew, Aaron Cresswell, Diafra Sakho, Sofiane Feghouli, Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini all sidelined. They put on enough second half pressure to create chances but could never claim that they deserved to win this match.

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Italian giants Inter Milan, Dutch runners-up Ajax and Spanish side Athletic Bilbao are all potential opponents for the English pair, along with Dundalk, who fell short of becoming the first Irish team to reach the Champions League group stage.

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