Londoners West Ham visited Bristol this Tuesday (16/1) in the third phase of the FA Cup. They got it wrong. With significant absences in the offensive sector (including Lucas Paquetá), they played at the cramped Ashton Gate Stadium (21,500 seats) and lost 1-0, with a goal from Conway early on. Thus, they are eliminated from the oldest tournament in world football. The Bristol fans, who are only 14th in the English Premier League, had a lot of celebration after the great result against an elite team.
This game was a replay. After all, the teams faced each other in London and drew 1-1. According to the FA Cup regulations, equality in a single game requires a return match, at the home of the team that was visiting on the first leg. In that match, Bowen scored the Hammers’ goal and the same Conway, the 21-year-old boy who decided this Tuesday’s match, equalized.
To give you an idea, West Ham’s three main attacking players were out of action. Brazilian supporter Paquetá, with a calf injury (only returns in March), and strikers Michail Antonio, with a right knee injury (only returns at the end of February) and Ghanaian Kudus, with his team in the African Cup (only returns in February).
Bristol lightning goal
West Ham were in for a surprise. After all, after just three minutes, Bristol scored. Greek left-back Mavropanos mistimed the ball to Fabianski. But very weak. So, Conway arrived first than the archer, dribbled him and played into the empty goal. And Bristol almost expanded, again with Conway. At 46, in a shot for a great save by Fabianski.
West Ham on top
In the second half, West Ham, even with one less (Banhrama received red after six minutes) were much more active in attack. Soucek only didn’t equalize because of a great save from O’Leary. But Bristol was also scary. Goalkeeper Fabianski had to turn around to prevent what would have been the home team’s second goal, from a shot by Wells. In the final ten minutes, the Londoners were on top. But without success. End of game and party in Bristol
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