Hammers inflict first defeat at new ground ahead of Champions League semi-final

West Ham United inflicted the first defeat for Tottenham Hotpsur at their new ground with a 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon.

13 years on from being the first side to beat Arsenal at the Emirates, the Hammers struck just past the hour mark to make history through Michail Antonio.

Michail, Antonio celebrates scoring the winner for West Ham United against Tottenham
Michail, Antonio celebrates scoring the winner for West Ham United against Tottenham

The 29-year-old became the first player to score against Spurs at their new ground but, in truth, he could have had a hat-trick.

Although they were poor in the second half and defensively all over the place, Vincent Janssen had a chance to draw level in stoppage time, but saw his header cleared off the line by Fabian Balbuena.

With a Champions League semi-final against Ajax looming, Maurico Pochettino will be demanding a reaction from his lacklustre Lilywhites side.

Spurs dominated the first half hour, with Heung-min Son denied early on by Lukasz Fabianksi before Lucas Moura drilled an effort from the edge of the area just wide of the far post.

Fabianski was on hand again to deny Christian Eriksen from close range as Spurs continued to probe. But it was goalless at the break, with the hosts still yet to concede a goal at their new stadium.

However, history was made just after the hour mark by Michail Antonio.

The winger scored the first goal against Tottenham at their new stadium to give West Ham the lead in the 67th minute.

Marko Arnautovic lifted the ball in from the right wing, with Antonio finding space before providing the finish from close range.

Antonio had another shot saved by Llrois just moment later and the Hammers were unlucky not to score at least once more as the frailties at the back for Spurs became more and more evident.

Issa Diop ran from his own half to go clean through, but saw his tame effort pawed away by the World Cup winner.

The afternoon could have ended in tears for the visitors, when Janssen met Juan Foyth’s cross with a header. However, Balbuena reacted superbly to clear the effort off the line.

STAR MAN – Issa Diop

Although his effort in the dying stages was not particularly impressive, the 21-year-old’s performance as a whole was.

When faced with the pace of Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son, Diop coped fantastically well – even managed to deal with the late runs into the box from Dele Alli.

And when Pochettino threw on Fernando Llorente, the youngster was able to deal with the physical threat as Spurs bombarded the box.

After initially struggling in the first half of the season, the former Toulouse captain looks right at home at the heart of the Hammers’ defence.

MOMENT OF THE GAME

With the clock ticking and the points slipping away from Spurs, Foyth made a late burst into the West Ham box as he skipped away from several challenges.

Picking his head up, the Argentine whipped in a beautiful cross for the waiting Janssen. Although the Netherlands international has waited so long for a moment like this, he did everything right.

But, as his nickname of ‘The General’ suggests, Balbuena is able to take charge at the back and cleared the ball off the line to deny Spurs and secure a famous win for West Ham.

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