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West Ham beat Az Alkmaar to take control ECL semi-final

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West Ham produced a spirited second-half comeback to beat AZ Alkmaar 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final at the London Stadium.

The Dutch side took the lead four minutes before the break when Tijjani Reijnders beat Alphonse Areola at his near post after a controversial build-up, but after a laboured start to the second half, Said Benrahma’s penalty brought the Hammers back into the game.

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There was a momentum shift thereafter, and David Moyes’ side took the lead for the first time when Michail Antonio was on hand to prod in after Nayef Aguerd’s header was cleared off the line

Antonio’s 14th goal of the season – the best return of his eight campaigns in east London – was enough to hand West Ham the aggregate advantage heading into next Thursday’s return leg in the Netherlands.

Written by Ibrahim Oladamola

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