West Ham went 0-1 down to Sevilla in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League (UEL) last 16 clash staged on Thursday evening.
The win saw the Spanish side extend their unbeaten run in the competition against English sides to seven games with their intention f the game having been shown as early as the fourth minute when Munir El Haddadi was unable to steer a free header on target.
West Ham recovered well, though, and had a golden opportunity of their own after 11 minutes when Nikola Vlašić headed straight at Yassine Bounou from a well-worked free-kick, before Michail Antonio miskicked the rebound from point-blank range.
It was a surprise when both teams went into halftime without a goal going by the chances that had been created in the tie.
The Hammers would be pleased heading into the second game going by the chances they created as another brilliant piece of hold-up play from Antonio saw him lay one into the path of Tomáš Souček just minutes into the second half, but Bounou was able to paw away from his effort.
Sevilla found the moment they were waiting for in the entire game after an hour when Munir, unmarked at the back post, exquisitely volleyed in from a free-kick to open the goalscoring proceedings.
West Ham’s Pablo Fornals’ cross deflected into the path of Manuel Lanzini after 71 minutes, only for Sevilla captain Jesús Navas to heroically dive in and block the shot and while they didn’t get the needed equalizer, they will be heading into the second leg with a lot of hope going by their display.