Sevilla Scores One to Win West Ham United
Munir El Haddadi scored the game’s only goal for the six-time winners, sweeping in superbly from Marcos Acuna’s free-kick on the hour mark. Until that point David Moyes’ West Ham United side had more than held their own in their first knockout tie in a major European competition since 1981. Nikola Vlasic headed an early opportunity straight at Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, while Michail Antonio missed his kick with a follow-up up from close range.
Croatian forward Vlasic also saw Bounou ti low-driveniven effort around the post with Tomas Soulso testing the home goalkeeper and Manuel Lanzclose-ranging effort was blocked as the Hammers tried to breach the meandefenseence in La Liga. An end-to-end affair also saw the hosts create several openings of note with Munir heading wide from Jesus Corona’s cross, Youssef En-Nesyri going close and Lucas Ocampos flashing an effort across the face of the West Ham goal.
With Julen Lopetegui’s side occupying the second spot in La Liga, it will be difficult for the Hammers’ best the Spanish side but it is football and can happen. However, Moyes will be more than satisfied by the efficient manner in which his side went about their work.
And he will also have noted the impact of substitute Said Benrahma, whose elusive running caused the Spanish side several problems after his introduction and he may come into consideration to start the return leg at London Stadium on 17 March.