West Ham United 0-1 AZ Alkmaar

(41′ mins): The game continued to ebb and flow. Benraham sent another ambitious attempt wide of the target. Alkmaar stood firm in the face of what the home side had to offer. The temperature cranked up a notch. Individual battles ensured that Turkish referee Halil Umut Meler needed his wits about him, but instead infuriated the home crowd with several bizarre calls, much to their anguish. The mood would soon darken further when Tijjani Reijnders rifled home from twenty-five yards after Paqueta had been clearly fouled in in build-up.


Brian Jeeves

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