David Moyes’ West Ham have lingered in the bottom half of the Premier League for the majority of this season – and that’s widely been viewed as a staggering underperformance given their 7th place finish in the last campaign. However, their run to the semifinals of the UEFA Europa Conference League has given the Hammers the opportunity for redemption.
AZ Alkmaar stood in their way – and it was the Dutch side that opened the scoring at the London Stadium as Tiijani Reijnders found the back of the net just moments before half-time. A valiant performance in the second half saw the Hammers fight back to take the lead, with Said Benrahma hammering home an effort from the spot before Michail Antonio poked home minutes later.
That set up a rather interesting return leg in the Netherlands, with West Ham knowing that a draw would see them progress to their first European Final in over forty years. The game looked set to play out as a goalless draw, until Pablo Fornals darted towards goal deep in stoppage time to give the travelling contingent something to cheer about.
With that, David Moyes’ West Ham United are heading to Prague’s Fortuna Arena, where they’ll face Fiorentina. Antonín Barák’s 129th minute goal was enough to send the Italian side through. The final is scheduled to take place on June 7, with kickoff at 8pm UK time. We’ll be bringing you the buildup to that match, in addition to a detailed report just seconds after the final whistle.