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West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


West Ham United

, Kurt Zouma ‘45' , Saïd Benrahma ‘90'+2' (Pen)

AFC Bournemouth

FT 24th October 2022 8:00 PM
London Stadium

VAR features as Cherries fall to West Ham

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

David Coote

VAR took centre-stage as AFC Bournemouth fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Monday night.

Goals in the latter stages of each half through Kurt Zouma and Said Benrahma gave the home side victory at London Stadium. 

The Cherries had looked comfortable for long periods and felt aggrieved after appeals for handball against Thilo Kehrer in the build-up to the decisive goal had been turned down both in the stadium and after a VAR review. However Zouma’s effort stood and David Moyes’ side claimed all three points.

Substitute Jordan Zemura was penalised for handball by VAR in stoppage time and Benrahma stepped up to slam home the penalty and secure the points for the home side. 

Gary O’Neil named an unchanged line-up from Wednesday’s home defeat to Southampton, with Jack Stephens returning in place of Siriki Dembele.

The Cherries started well and fashioned the first sight of goal after eight minutes as former Hammer Ryan Fredericks broke well on the right flank and clipped a cross into the box. The hosts failed to clear completely and Phil Billing was able to help the ball back towards Dom Solanke just inside the six yard box, but Lukasz Fabianski was off his line sharply to clear.

The first chance for David Moyes’ side fell to Tomas Soucek after 11 minutes as he rose highest to meet a dangerous cross from Aaron Cresswell, but he could only head over the bar when he might have done better.

Though the visitors continued to look confident in possession, they nearly found themselves a goal behind after 18 minutes. Ben Johnson’s low cross ping-ponged around inside the box before falling to Flynn Downes, whose low shot was well blocked by Chris Mepham, before Neto acrobatically tipped Cresswell’s left-footed follow up over the bar.

The game became disjointed after that period of home pressure, with neither side able to gather any momentum.

It took until the 37th minute for the next attempt from either side, as Solanke picked up a wayward Soucek pass on the halfway line and drove powerfully past Thilo Kehrer into the box, but his low left footed shot was easily gathered by Fabianski.

Then, on the stroke of half time, West Ham were in front as the Cherries struggled to clear a corner and Zouma was able to divert a Soucek header into the corner from six yards out.

The visitors were insistent the goal should have been ruled out after Kehrer had appeared to divert the ball goalwards with his hand in the build up, but a VAR review ruled it should stand.

O’Neil and Adam Smith both remonstrated with the referee as the half time whistle blew, with the former receiving a yellow card on his way off the pitch.

The hosts were on top after the restart but were limited to two long range efforts from Benrahma, neither of which troubled Mark Travers – the Irish ‘keeper having been introduced at half-time in place of the injured Neto.

He was called into action on the hour mark, having to react well to beat away a powerful 20-yard effort from Declan Rice.

The Cherries began to find their feet shortly after with substitutes Jordan Zemura and Jaidon Anthony combining well on the left flank. Kieffer Moore, introduced just before the break in place of Solanke who looked to be carrying a knock, was also proving a handful up front but a clear cut chance still eluded them.

Moore did well to tee up Jeferson Lerma with a header back across goal after 72 minutes, but the Colombian could only nod wide from 10 yards out.

The Cherries continued to press for an equaliser and had a penalty shout of their own as Johnson appeared to commit a handball, but the referee waved play on. 

West Ham secured the victory in the final stages of the match as Vladimir Coufal's cross was blocked by Zemura. The referee waved away initial claims for handball but VAR overruled and awarded the spot-kick. 

Benrahma stepped up and confidently sent Travers the wrong way, slamming the ball into the back of the net to wrap up the points. 

West Ham: Fabianksi, Johnson, Zouma, Kehrer, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen (Coufal, 88), Downes (Fornals, 88), Benrahma, Scamacca (Antonio, 74). 

Unused subs: Lanzini, Ogbonna, Coventry, Emerson, Areola (g/k), Randolph (g/k).

AFC Bournemouth: Neto (Travers, 46), Fredericks (Zemura, 57), Mepham, Senesi, Smith, Tavernier, Lerma, Cook, Christie (Anthony, 57), Billing, Solanke (Moore, 45).

Unused subs:
 Stephens, Rothwell, Stacey, Stanislas, Pearson.

Booked: Mepham, Lerma.

Referee: David Coote.

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