NUSADAILY.COM -JAKARTA – West Ham United moved into fourth place in the Premier League standings, having beat visiting Sheffield United 3-0 in a Premier League match played at the London Stadium on Monday or Tuesday morning.
The Hammers have now collected 42 points, two ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool and four points adrift of third-placed Leicester City. Sheffield, meanwhile, are bottom of the table with 11 points, according to the Premier League’s official website.
Declan Rice scored the opening goal of the game with a penalty in the 41st minute. West Ham’s next two goals came in the second half. Issa Diop doubled his team’s lead thanks to his goal in the 58th minute, and substitute Ryan Fredericks’ 96th-minute goal completed David Moyes’ men’s victory.
West Ham had a penalty early in the game when Enda Stevens dropped Craig Dawson in the box. But after conducting a VAR review, referee Simon Hooper took the decision not to award a penalty because Dawson had been in an offside position.
After that the two teams took turns getting threats. Lingard unleashed a shot that sheffield goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale could only clear, while Lukasz Fabianski was able to thwart Ben Osborn’s strike.
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West Ham finally broke the deadlock from the white spot.
Chris Basham’s foul on Jesse Lingard in the box led to the referee pointing to a white spot. Rice, who acted as the executioner, did not waste the opportunity to open west Ham’s lead.
The hosts then doubled their lead after going down drinking. Diop’s header from Aaron Creswell’s corner.
Sheffield, who trailed by two goals, did not give up. Several chances came from David McGoldrick and Oliver McBurnie, both of which Fabianski could have scored.
It was West Ham who added to their collection of goals ahead of the game. Substitute Frederick received a pass from Said Benrahma, to then unleash a shot into the near post that nestled in the Sheffield goal.
In the next round of matches played Sunday (21/2), West Ham will host another London team Tottenham Hotspur, while Sheffield will attempt to end its streak of two consecutive defeats when they host Fulham on Saturday (20/2). (sak)