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Date Heure de publication : 2024-03-08 00:36:13

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Michael Gregoritsch has scored five goals in the Europa League this season – the most by a Freiburg player in a single European campaign

West Ham fell to defeat at Freiburg in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

The Hammers beat their Bundesliga counterparts twice in the group stage and were looking fairly comfortable until Michael Gregoritsch pounced soon after coming off the bench.

The Austrian lost several defenders to tap in Roland Sallai’s mis-hit shot across the penalty area nine minutes from time.

The Hammers thought they were going to get a penalty in injury time, but after a long Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check for a potential Noah Weisshaupt handball, it was not given.

“I believe it’s a penalty kick,” said West Ham boss David Moyes afterwards. “In Europe they nearly give all the handballs. I don’t believe it’s the right way to go about it but I think that’s the way Uefa work.

“I find it difficult to see why not. It was harsh on us.”

His side should have been ahead long before Freiburg’s goal though.

Jarrod Bowen and Lucas Paqueta both missed the target from fine Mohammed Kudus crosses, and Bowen’s curling effort from the corner of the box was well saved by Noah Atubolu.

This was only Freiburg’s second win in 90 minutes in any competition in 2024.

West Ham must win next Thursday in London to have a chance of following on from their last two European runs.

Hammers fume over late VAR call

West Ham’s players and boss Moyes were furious with the officials right at the end because they thought they should have had a penalty.

A VAR check, which lasted several minutes and included referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez going to the monitor, checked if Weisshaupt had handled the ball in the box.

The German had his hands in the air when Tomas Soucek, standing behind him, hooked the ball against his arms.

But the referee stuck with his initial decision of no penalty and immediately blew the final whistle.

Moyes continued: “Soucek kicks it up onto his arms. When two arms are above your head it’s nearly always given because the arms are not in a natural position.

“Someone is trying to claim there was a push but then play should restart with a free-kick which he didn’t do. If anything, technically the player who went to clear it probably made a mess of his clearance. That should probably be punished as well if he kicked it on to his own arm.”

Better finishing needed in home return

West Ham failed to score in a European game for the first time since a 1-0 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt in May 2022

West Ham reached the Europa League semi-finals in 2022 and won the Europa Conference League last season. They also topped a group that included Freiburg this term to qualify automatically for the last 16.

Last season they won every game in Europe so never had to overcome a first-leg deficit, but they did manage it at this stage two years ago when they lost 1-0 at Sevilla before going through after extra time at London Stadium.

That Sevilla side looked a tougher opponent than Freiburg, who sit mid-table in the Bundesliga. So there’s no need to panic for West Ham, who have won their last 10 European home games.

But they will have to improve their finishing on Thursday.

Bowen is their top scorer this season with 17 goals, but none in Europe, and he had chances to break that duck in Germany.

He had a shot saved from a tight angle and snatched at a volley from Kudus’ cross.

Paqueta headed wide from a Kudus cross and Konstantinos Mavropanos did the same from James Ward-Prowse’s corner. Kudus caused plenty of problems for the home defence and had an effort saved himself.

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  • West Ham United

SC Freiburg

  1. Squad number38Player nameGregoritsch
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  2. Squad number17Player nameKübler
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  3. Squad number7Player nameWeißhaupt
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  4. Squad number8Player nameEggestein
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  5. Squad number23Player nameMuslija
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  6. Squad number34Player nameRöhl
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  7. Squad number22Player nameSallai
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  8. Squad number27Player nameHöfler
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  9. Squad number28Player nameGinter
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  10. Squad number1Player nameAtubolu
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  11. Squad number42Player nameDoan
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  12. Squad number9Player nameHöler
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  13. Squad number32Player nameGrifo
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  14. Squad number5Player nameGulde
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  15. Squad number30Player nameGünter
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  16. Squad number25Player nameSildillia
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West Ham United

  1. Squad number14Player nameKudus
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  2. Squad number5Player nameCoufal
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  3. Squad number20Player nameBowen
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  4. Squad number1Player nameFabianski
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  5. Squad number11Player namePhillips
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  6. Squad number15Player nameMavropanos
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  7. Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez
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  8. Squad number28Player nameSoucek
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  9. Squad number33Player nameEmerson
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  10. Squad number7Player nameWard-Prowse
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  11. Squad number10Player nameLucas Paquetá
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  12. Squad number3Player nameCresswell
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  13. Squad number9Player nameAntonio
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  14. Squad number4Player nameZouma
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Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Atubolu
  • 25SildilliaBooked at 40minsSubstituted forKüblerat 82′minutes
  • 28Ginter
  • 5Gulde
  • 30Günter
  • 27Höfler
  • 42DoanSubstituted forMuslijaat 82′minutes
  • 8Eggestein
  • 9HölerSubstituted forGregoritschat 70′minutes
  • 32GrifoSubstituted forWeißhauptat 70′minutes
  • 22SallaiBooked at 50minsSubstituted forRöhlat 88′minutes


  • 6Szalai
  • 7Weißhaupt
  • 14Keitel
  • 17Kübler
  • 20Adamu
  • 21Müller
  • 23Muslija
  • 26Philipp
  • 31Uphoff
  • 33Makengo
  • 34Röhl
  • 38Gregoritsch

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 15Mavropanos
  • 4Zouma
  • 33EmersonSubstituted forCresswellat 68′minutes
  • 28Soucek
  • 19Álvarez
  • 14Kudus
  • 7Ward-ProwseSubstituted forPhillipsat 81′minutes
  • 10Lucas PaquetáBooked at 58minsSubstituted forAntonioat 90+1′minutes
  • 20Bowen


  • 2Johnson
  • 3Cresswell
  • 9Antonio
  • 11Phillips
  • 18Ings
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 23Areola
  • 40Earthy
  • 42Casey
  • 45Mubama
  • 49Anang
  • 61Orford
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, SC Freiburg 1, West Ham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, SC Freiburg 1, West Ham United 0.

  3. Post update

    VAR Decision: No Penalty West Ham United.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Konstantinos Mavropanos (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kalvin Phillips (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Konstantinos Mavropanos (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mohammed Kudus with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Lukas Kübler.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Michail Antonio replaces Lucas Paquetá.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, SC Freiburg. Merlin Röhl replaces Roland Sallai.

  11. Post update

    Florent Muslija (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United).

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match because of an injury Kurt Zouma (West Ham United).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nicolas Höfler (SC Freiburg).

  16. Post update

    Tomás Soucek (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Maximilian Eggestein (SC Freiburg) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Christian Günter.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, SC Freiburg. Florent Muslija replaces Ritsu Doan.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, SC Freiburg. Lukas Kübler replaces Kiliann Sildillia.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Kalvin Phillips replaces James Ward-Prowse.

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