West Ham 0 Astra Giurgiu 1 (Agg 1-2): Hammers dumped out of Europe by Romanian minnows

26 Aug

Calleri, who was playing for Argentina at the Olympics two weeks ago, had not done much to impress, but was almost clean through soon afterwards.

Only a fine tackle from Geraldo Alves denied him a sight of goal.

Lung then made a full-length save from Calleri, and then got some help from Michail Antonio, who got in the way of a shot from Byram to deflect it over the bar.

West Ham had finally built up a head of steam but it wasn’t enough as Astra held on for a famous win.

❑ WEST HAM have signed Swiss midfielder Edimilson Fernandes from FC Sion for £5m.

WEST HAM (4-3-3): Randolph; Byram, Reid, Ogbonna, Burke (Collins 88); Nordtveit (Valencia 46), Kouyate, Obiang; Tore, Antonio, Calleri (Fletcher 61).
Subs: Adrian, Oxford, Browne, Diangana.

ASTRA (4-2-3-1): Lung; Sapunaru, Alves, Fabricio, Morais; Seto, Lovin (Florea 88); Ionita (Stan 75), Niculae (Oros 57), Teixeira; Alibec.
Subs: Gavrilas, Raileanu, Moise, Balaure.

Referee: Manuel Grafe (Germany).


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