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Anderlecht v West Ham United Live Commentary, 06/10/2022

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G. Scamacca (79)
Lotto Park


That's all for today, goodbye!
West Ham extend their gap at the top of the group to five points, with Anderlecht remaining in second. Moyes' side host Fulham in the Premier League and Anderlecht face KV Mechelen before the reverse fixture next Thursday between these two sides.
The first half was very evenly contested by both sides. West Ham started better in the opening minutes but Anderlecht grew into the game. Benrahma had multiple chances to open the scoring for West Ham inside the Anderlecht box, but his first shot was blocked and his second flew over the bar despite it being an almost open goal. The visitors dominated the second half and were comfortable on the ball for most of it but it was the substitutions of Rice, Paqueta, and Scamacca that won the game for the Hammers. All three combined for Scamacca's winner in the 79th minute as the Italian finished with great quality. Areola made a great save in the dying minutes to stop Silva's header from point-blank range to secure all three points for West Ham.
F. Downes
Yellow Card
West Ham United
90' + 3' Downes receives a booking for a clumsy foul near the halfway line.
90' + 2' Anderlecht try a more direct route toward goal as Exposito is found with a long ball, but he is offside and West Ham regain possession.
90' There will be a minimum of four additional minutes.
89' Refaelov wins a free-kick in the attacking third for Anderlecht. He sends a cross in but none of his team-mates can guide the ball home.
M. N'Diaye
H. Delcroix
87' N'Diaye replaces Delcroix in the Anderlecht defence.
S. Esposito
A. Diawara
87' Anderlecht make another attacking change as forward Esposito replaces midfielder Diawara.
Pablo Fornals
J. Bowen
West Ham United
86' Fornals comes on for Bowen on the right side of the West Ham attack.
86' The substitutes are changing the game for West Ham as Rice, Paqueta, and Scamacca are taking the game away from Anderlecht.
84' WHAT A SAVE! Areola makes a sensational save from point-blank range as Silva sends a powerful header low toward the goal.
V. Coufal
Yellow Card
West Ham United
82' Coufal receives a yellow card for dissent after complaining to the linesman following a decision against him.
L. Refaelov
Y. Verschaeren
80' Refaelov replaces Verschaeren in the Anderlecht attack.
G. Scamacca
West Ham United
79' GOALLL!!!! 1-0 SCAMACCA!!! West Ham take the lead as Scamacca fires into the bottom left corner! Rice switched the ball to Coufal, who then passes to Paqueta. The Brazilian lifts the ball over the defence for Scamacca to finish.
Lucas Paquetá
West Ham United
79' Paqueta has been brilliant since coming on, and he plays a brilliant lofted pass to Scamacca and gives his striker plenty of time to fire home.
77' Paqueta tries to find Scamacca with a long, lofted-pass in behind but Hoedt gets to the ball first and clears.
H. Delcroix
Yellow Card
75' Delcroix goes into the referee's book after a poor tackle on Downes.
75' Hoedt has a free-kick in a very good position and shoots over the wall but also over the bar as he leans back too much.
A. Ogbonna
Yellow Card
West Ham United
73' Ogbonna receives a yellow card after he trips Silva to the ground.
73' Downes has a great chance to score after Scamacca flicks the ball to him following good build-up from Paqueta, but the shot is wayward.
71' Duranville is the best player on the pitch right now. He is giving his team more confidence and giving the crowd something to cheer about.
D. Rice
M. Lanzini
West Ham United
70' Rice replaces Lanzini in the Hammers' midfield.
G. Scamacca
M. Antonio
West Ham United
70' Scamacca comes on for Antonio to lead the West Ham frontline.
Lucas Paquetá
S. Benrahma
West Ham United
69' Paqueta replaces Benrahma in the West Ham attack after a poor showing from the Algerian.
M. Lanzini
Yellow Card
West Ham United
67' Lanzini receives the first booking of the game after a poorly-timed challenge.
67' Anderlecht are struggling to get the ball under control and keep possession, but they are drawing clever fouls to get free-kicks in good positions.
B. Raman
M. Ashimeru
65' Anderlecht make an attacking change as Raman replaces Ashimeru.
63' West Ham are starting to increase the pressure on Anderlecht as they send in more crosses to try and find Antonio in the middle.
61' Including qualifiers, West Ham have won each of their last four games in European competitions, their longest-ever winning streak.
59' The tempo in the second period has been very slow and neither team is rushing any attacks. Both are patiently waiting for an opening.
57' West Ham are starting to dominate possession in this half but Anderlecht are defending well when the visitors test them.
55' Lanzini takes a corner for West Ham and he finds Dawson at the near post, but the defender cannot guide the ball toward the target.
53' West Ham start a quick counter-attack and Antonio lays the ball off to Benrahma to shoot first time. Van Crombrugge stops the chance well.
52' Debast sends in a cross from a deep position in search of Silva in the box, but the pass is just behind the striker and Johnson clears the chance.
50' Half-time substitute Duranville has been very lively since coming on and is making a good impact for Anderlecht. He is taking on both Downes and Coufal with confidence.
48' West Ham start the second period much like they started the first as they look to attack through Bowen and Coufal on the right side.
46' Anderlecht get the second half underway!
J. Duranville
F. Amuzu
46' Duranville replaces Amuzu, who picked up an injury late in the first half.
This game could still go either way, with both team attacking with confidence. Bowen has been West Ham's best player and a lot of their chances are coming down the right wing. Verschaeren is getting involved in most of Anderlecht's attacks and he is looking very lively in the opposition half.
The first half was very evenly contested by both sides. West Ham started better in the opening minutes but Anderlecht grew into the game. Benrahma had multiple chances to open the scoring for West Ham inside the Anderlecht box, but his first shot was blocked and his second flew over the bar despite it being an almost open goal. Verschaeren came closest for the hosts as he led the counter-attack and unleashed a fierce shot at Areola, but the goalkeeper made a good diving save.
45' There will be a minimum of one additional minute.
43' Verschaeren takes a free-kick and tries to cross it towards the back post, but it is overhit and out for a goal kick.
42' Amuzu is receiving treatment on the pitch after Coufal fouls him.
40' HUGE MISS! Benrahma misses a huge opportunity to score from eight yards out after Bowen dribbles past a sliding challenge and cuts the ball back to his team-mate. Van Crombrugge was out of position but Benrahma still fires over the bar.
39' Diawara wins the ball for Anderlecht in midfield and plays a give-and-go with Ashimeru before trying to find Silva with a lofted pass. The pass is headed out by Dawson.
37' Coufal wins a header on the right side and plays the ball to Benrahma. The Algerian international drives forward before sliding Antonio in on goal. The striker blazes his shot over the bar with his weaker foot.
35' Anderlecht are defending well in the final third and blocking any shots at goal if they do not intercept the ball earlier in the play. The visitors are struggling to find a way through.
33' West Ham are starting to enjoy a bit more possession now and are gaining in confidence since Benrahma's chances moments ago.
31' CHANCE! Benrahma has another chance to score after Coufal picks him out with a low cross, but he cannot beat the defender with his shot.
29' West Ham are struggling to move forward with the ball and are not taking as many risks as Anderlecht are when in possession to create a scoring opportunity.
27' Anderlecht have had 53 per cent of possession so far and are growing into the game well after a slow start.
25' SAVE! Verschaeren drives forward with the ball on the counter-attack and unleashes a powerful shot at goal, but Areola makes a great diving save!
23' Lanzini passes the ball out to Emerson, who sends a cross to Ogbonna at the back post. The defender tries to loop his header into the goal but it lands on the roof of the net.
21' Anderlecht are letting West Ham play the ball around the defence and force them to take a risk to try and break them down. The visitors seem comfortable enough to take on the challenge.
19' West Ham are looking more dangerous on the ball with a lot of their play going through Bowen on the right-wing.
17' CHANCE! Silva has a great chance to open the scoring after Verschaeren cuts the ball back to him inside the box, but his team-mate blocks his shot!
16' A lot of Anderlecht's positive attacks are involving Verschaeren dropping deeper and linking the play between the narrow and wide areas of the pitch.
14' Ashimeru is down after an accidental elbow from Coufal. The player is back on his feet and the match resumes.
12' Anderlecht find their way into the attacking third for the first time but end up playing the ball all the way back to the goalkeeper after failing to break down the West Ham backline.
10' Lanzini crosses the free-kick into the box and finds Antonio, whose header is poor and Anderlecht clear the ball.
9' Antonio wins a free-kick deep in the Anderlecht half as Debast brings him down during an aerial battle.
7' Anderlecht manage to spend some time on the ball but Ashimeru takes too long and Benrahma tackles him. The West Ham forward loses the ball soon after on the right-hand side.
5' Coufal wins a free-kick for West Ham in the opposition half and in a dangerous position. The cross comes in but is dealt with by the Anderlecht defenders.
3' West Ham are choosing to prioritise keeping the ball rather than forcing an early attack. It works well for them as Bowen finds space on the right-wing for a cross but it leads to nothing.
1' West Ham get the game underway from kick-off!
The players are making their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch!
This will be just the second meeting between Anderlecht and West Ham on the European stage, with their previous matchup coming in the 1976 Cup Winners’ Cup final when Anderlecht won 4-2.
Felice Mazzu makes three changes to his Anderlecht starting lineup as Delcroix, Diawara, and Verschaeren come into the team. David Moyes makes nine changes as Dawson and Bowen keep their place in the starting 11.
SUBS: Conor Coventry, Aaron Cresswell, Lukasz Fabianski, Pablo Fornals, Thilo Kehrer, Lucas Paqueta, Darren Randolph, Declan Rice, Gianluca Scamacca, Oliver Scarles, Tomas Soucek, Kurt Zouma.
West Ham (5-2-3): Alphonse Areola; Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna, Benjamin Johnson, Emerson; Manuel Lanzini, Flynn Downes; Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma.
SUBS: Colin Coosemans, Julien Duranville, Sebastiano Esposito, Moussa N’Diaye, Benito Raman, Lior Refaelov, Noah Sadiki, Killian Sardella, Lucas Stassin, Mario Stroykens, Bart Verbruggen, Jan Vertonghen.
Anderlecht (3-5-2): Hendrik Van Crombrugge; Zeno Debast, Wesley Hoedt, Hannes Delcroix; Michael Murillo, Majeed Ashimeru, Amadou Diawara, Kristian Arnstad, Francis Amuzu; Fabio Silva, Yari Verschaeren.
West Ham are top of the group after the Hammers beat FCSB 3-1 and Silkeborg 3-2. A 2-0 win over Wolves in their most recent league also lifted them out of the relegation places in the Premier League.
Anderlecht are currently second in Group B after beating Silkeborg 1-0 and a goalless draw against FCSB. They are however struggling in the league as a 1-0 defeat to Charleroi on the weekend leaves them in 10th place.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Europa Conference League fixture between Anderlecht and West Ham.