West Ham United put in a brilliant performance in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals, beating Lyon 3-0, but Tomas Soucek couldn’t celebrate properly
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Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal were left alone with water bottles to celebrate West Ham’s win over Lyon after being summoned for a drug test.
The Czech duo both played the full 90 minutes at the Hammers tremendously 3-0 victory in the quarter-finals of the Europa League in France on Thursday evening. west ham booked the club’s first European semi-final in 46 years with a dominant performance to come through against Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 on aggregate. who shocked Barcelona at Camp Nou.
West Ham held on early on to take a 1-0 lead when Craig Dawson headed into Pablo Fornals’ corner. It was 2-0 before halftime when Declan Rice found the bottom right corner with a deflected shot and Jarrod Bowen added a third with a precision finish into the bottom corner.
It was a historic night for David Moyes’ side, who enjoyed their win with a party atmosphere in the dressing room. Pictures posted to social media showed longtime club captain Mark Noble in tears as Rice treated his teammates to some dancing after his brilliant performance.
But Soucek and Coufal weren’t with the rest of the team, having been selected by authorities for a drug test. Soucek posted a picture on Twitter shows the Czech players their jerseys and holds large water bottles next to the caption: ‘They won’t trust us again!!! Doping test after a single game!!!! Yeeeee!! We go through.”
That was far from the only social media activity from West Ham following their win, as Lyon’s tweet came back to haunt them after the first leg. “Are you really asking like there’s a chance we won’t pull through?” the club’s official account wrote earlier this week. Rice couldn’t resist the chance to respond, adding, “That aged well,” alongside a thumbs-up emoji and a laughing face.
There was also more humiliation as West Ham’s Twitter account was keen to join in by poking fun at Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, who had angered the Hammers by winking after sending Aaron Creswell off in the first leg. The club posted a video of Dembele’s wink with the lyrics “Hello darkness my old friend” played over the top and Rice’s celebrations appear.
Moyes was full of praise for his players in his post-game interview. “If you have a good team spirit… all managers would love to get that and it’s not easy,” he told BT Sport. “It mainly comes from winning. Good results build on it. We have a great group of guys. I am lucky.
“They were great during the time I was here. And the journey in two years from trying to avoid relegation and now we’re talking about reaching the semi-finals of a major European tournament. It is fabulous and we will all look forward to it.”
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