West Ham Draw Lion With 10 Men
West Ham United held Olympique Lyonnais to a 1-1 draw. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

West Ham United held Olympique Lyonnais to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie.

Ten-man West Ham United fought with resilience to a 1-1 draw in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg against Olympique Lyonnais. 

In front of another sell-out crowd at London Stadium, the Hammers bounced back from a first half that ended with Aaron Cresswell seeing red for a challenge on Moussa Dembélé. 

Jarrod Bowen was the man for the massive moments again for West Ham, as he pounced on a mistake at the back from the experienced Jérôme Boateng to finish beyond Anthony Lopes and put his side ahead seven minutes after the restart. 

Tanguy Ndombélé levelled for the French side 14 minutes later as Peter Bosz’s team looked to take advantage of them ahead of the second leg in Lyon next week. 

Speaking shortly after the game, Westham’s David Moyes applauded his charges for the brave performance however, raised his disappointment at the referee Felix Zwayer’s officiation.

Zwayer was awarded a red card that saw Aaron Cresswell sent off. Speaking about the decision, Moyes who was booked by the ref as he berated him over the incident said he did not want to be drawn into discussions concerning the match referee.

He, however, indicated that he was disappointed at the tackle in the lead up to (the red) on Jarrod which he thought was a foul that should have been called.

“Not a good performance. Poor but good resilience down to 10 men. The only thing I’m going to say is the tackle in the lead up to it (the red) on Jarrod was a foul so I expect that to be bartered into it. That’s the disappointment for me,” he said.

“I’m certainly not going to talk about the referee. I’m not discussing the red card. If they say it wasn’t a free kick (on Bowen) that’s OK. It was in the same sequence. I’d have expected VAR to check that,” added.

Meanwhile, in other games, Ferran Torres scored the equaliser as Barcelona fought back to earn a 1-1 draw against a spirited Eintracht Frankfurt. In others, Atalanta and RB Leipzig also ended in a 1-1 draw. 

In the Europa Conference League, Roma, one of the favourites to win UEFA’s new third-tier competition, failed to get their revenge at Bodo/Glimt, losing 2-1. 

Leicester was also held 0-0 at home by PSV Eindhoven, Marseille beat PAOK Salonika 2-1 while Slavia Prague earned a 3-3 draw at Feyenoord.