Didn’t see a match thread so I thought I’d post one. Will keep it updated as the game progresses.
4’- Pogba is down following a rash tackle from Zouma. Not intentional, shouldn’t be a yellow either. He’s come back on, limping but should be fine.
14’- we’ve had around 70% of possession so far, and have been pretty convincing in keeping the ball around our attacking third.
Bruno goes down after a coming together with Coufal but there’s nothing in it and play resumes.
16’- Maguire gets caught out dribbling in the corner and West Ham snatch at the chance, getting a shot off that’s blocked by Varane.
21’- Bowen gets off a good shot, saved by De Gea, following a decent attacking play from West Ham. Rebound is hit over the bar by Soucek.
23’- Ronaldo with what I think is our first shot of the game, but it’s hit straight at Fabianski.
27’- Shaw’s corner comes out to Fernandes who hits it on the half volley, hitting the post. West Ham clear but we maintain possession.
Shaw hits a solid low drive but it’s again hit at Fabianski. Replays show that Fernandes’ shot was just saved by the keeper.
29’- Shaw gets a bit too physical with Coufal and concedes a free kick on halfway.
29’- 1-0 West Ham! Benrahma’s shot is deflected off Varane and into the back of the net. Not sure if it’s going down as an OG. The bubbles fly through the air for the first time this match.
32’- great ball by McTominay finds Ronaldo who is dispossessed. Possession retained and goes out for a corner after a fierce Wan-Bissaka drive.
34’- SIUUUUUUU! Ronaldo scores after a great cross from Bruno, Fabianski saves but he hits in the rebound! 1-1!
VAR determines Ronnie is onside!
41’- Cresswell finds space on the left and hits a good cross to Vlasic at the near post, but he can’t keep it down.
43’- Ref gives a rather dodgy free kick in their half off of a nothing challenge from Fred.
45+1’- our spell of possession from corners leads nowhere, ball goes down to West Ham in the attack but AWB clears and the move dies off.
Half Time! We go in at the break all square, 1-1 from a Benrahma’s deflected shot and a Ronaldo strike.