West Ham reach Europa Conference League Final


West Ham United got past AZ Alkmaar in their Europa Conference League semi-final to reach their first major European Final since 1976, after a 1-0 second-leg win.

Hammers won the first leg 2-1 at the London Stadium and piled pressure on their Dutch opponents to secure their place at the Final in Prague on June 7.

Pablo Fornals capitalized on a second half counter-attack, finding the net and sealing the winner in second-half injury time, ending West Ham’s 47 year-wait for final.

West Ham will face Fiorentina, who beat Basel in extra time in the other semi-final.

David Moyes’ side are hoping to lift their first major trophy since they made away with the 1980 FA Cup title.

West Ham’s last European final had been in the 1975-76 Cup Winners’ Cup when they lost 4-2 to Anderlecht.

The Hammers lost 3-1 on aggregate to eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-finals last season and will be hoping to turn tides around.


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