Hammers hold on for a draw despite Aaron Cresswell first half red card2 min read
Tanguy Ndombele was on target as Lyon held 10-man West Ham United to a 1-1 draw in their Europa League quarter-final first leg.
Ndombele – on loan from Tottenham opened his account for the Ligue 1 side equalising midway through the second half at the London Stadium on Thursday.
Jarrod Bowen had broken the deadlock early in the second half as David Moyes’ side capitalised on sloppy defending by the visitors.
The Hammers played the entire second period with 10 men after Aaron Cresswell was controversially shown a straight red card just before the break.
Unbeaten in six European matches against English opposition, including their elimination of Manchester City in the 2019-20 Champions League quarter-finals, Lyon had the first sight on goal after 10 minutes.
The in-form Moussa Dembele lost Declan Rice at the near post, but was unable to direct Lucas Paqueta’s inviting cross towards the target.
Said Benrahma latched onto Craig Dawson’s long ball over the top of the defence at the other end before he was denied by Antony Lopes from a tight angle.
The Hammers suffered a big blow when they were reduced to 10 men just before half-time; Cresswell shown a straight red card after dragging back Dembele when he was deemed to be the last defender.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, the hosts took the lead seven minutes after the restart. Pablo Fornals won possession high up the field and after a couple of fortunate ricochets, Bowen’s goal-bound effort deflected up and over Lopes via Jerome Boateng.
Lyon responded 14 minutes later as Ndombele tucked away after the Hammers failed to deal with Tete’s initial cross – leaving the tie finely poised heading into the second leg at the Groupama Stadium next week.