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West Ham triumphs in an exciting Europa League final.

The way West Ham won couldn’t have been more satisfying.


At the game’s conclusion, Nayef Aguerd took a moment to comfort Sofyan Amrabat and the rest of the Moroccan team, but the Premier League team’s celebrations were something to behold.

All shared in the euphoria, leaping around in an attempt to soak it all in, from 18-year-old striker Divin Mubama, who had no part to play, to Moyes himself, who had finally won a trophy after such a lengthy career in management.

Unwanted post-script: Uefa will undoubtedly punish the Hammers harshly for the uncalled-for first-half incidents that forced Biraghi to play with a bandage over his head for the final hour of the game and compelled the club to denounce those guilty.

Biraghi is given medical care.
An object that was hurled from the West Ham end struck Fiorentina’s Biraghi in the head.
But that is a topic for another day.

Anybody who thinks this competition is beneath them will be shown wrong by the response from the field and the spectators after the final siren, and Aston Villa, England’s entry for next season, should have reason for optimism.

Rice was at the center of it all. He basked in the admiration of the supporters who had followed his progress from budding academy star to full England honors without giving any regard to the future.

West Ham would not give up.

David Moyes on the West Ham’super season’ in Europe and the goal celebration
When Benrahma calmly converted his penalty kick after the video assistant referee intervened to determine Biraghi had handled Bowen’s header, some West Ham supporters must have thought they had won it.

Alphonse Areola, who was chosen in goal over first-choice Lukasz Fabianski and kept up his 100% appearance record in the competition, was unable to stop Bonaventura’s excellent control and shot after Nicolas Gonzalez had provided the knockback. This was because Kurt Zouma’s injury, which occurred just before Benrahma’s goal, had disrupted West Ham’s rhythm.

Areola was fortunate to avoid giving up the first goal when he failed to react to a Christian Kouame header that bounced off a post and landed pleasantly for Luka Jovic in the closing second of the first quarter.

Jovic’s header was directly at Areola, and he ought to have stopped it. He stumbled it across the line instead. The offside flag was raised, and the VAR judgment was greatly relieving to the Frenchman. Tomas Soucek accidentally booted Jovic in the face, forcing him to be substituted at halftime.

It was a difficult evening for Spanish referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande, just like it was for Anthony Taylor in the Europa League final seven days earlier, as too many players exaggerated non-existent fouls.

Grande did remain in control of the match, and at one point, she correctly called Benrahma out for diving.

But in the end, everything was only a footnote.

Bowen won. Rice was able to hoist the trophy after West Ham won it.


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