Player ratings as 10-man Hammers hold on for draw

West Ham held Lyon to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final, despite playing the entire second period and eight minutes into injury time with ten men.

The first half was largely uneventful until a big sticking point occurred in stoppage time when Aaron Cresswell was given a straight red card in controversial circumstances.

Lyon controlled possession in early exchanges without threatening too often. Moussa Dembele came the closest ten minutes when Lucas Paquetá’s cross essentially hit him and narrowly went flying.

The hosts created their own opening after a quarter of an hour, with Said Benrahma holding off his man in the left channel before forcing Anthony Lopes into a decent save from the angle.

London Stadium held its collective breath as Houssem Aouar came under challenge from Ryan Fredericks in the penalty area, but the midfielder’s appeal was rejected and West Ham survived the inevitable VAR review. Replays showed the right back had made some contact with his man.

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