West Ham knocked out of Europa League….

West Ham

West Ham were knocked out of the Europa League in the third qualifying round following a 2-1 defeat by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu to lose 4-3 on aggregate. After letting a two-goal lead slip in the first leg, debutant Manuel Lanzini put the much-changed Hammers ahead. But two goals in four minutes from Astra skipper Constantin Budescu earned the Romanian side victory. Defeat ends a stuttering campaign for Slaven Bilic’s team, who qualified through the Fair Play League. Modibo Maiga missed a late chance to take the game to extra time but with Astra also hitting the post twice, they created better chances at more regular intervals. The result meant the Hammers, in their first European outing since the 2006-07 season, are eliminated from Europe before the start of their domestic season. But with 11 changes made to the side from the first leg, with three players making their debuts, there was an obvious lack of experience on the field and an apparent lack of desperation to save the tie on a hot night in Romania.

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