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Summary

  1. Noble penalty after Sapunaru handles
  2. Alibec smashes in from tight angle
  3. Final round before group stage
  4. Astra knocked West Ham out last season

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By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

West Ham lost at this stage of the Europa League against Astra Giurgiu last season, could history about to repeat itself next week?

Have a read of Emlyn Begley's match report

We are back on Friday, yes Friday, for Premier League action as Manchester United take on Southampton.

Until then.

'Ayew injury a big, big blow'

Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic on the news Andre Ayew will be out for four months through injury: "It is not good and he needs surgery. Four months is a big, big blow for us but he’ll be back. If he’s a good healer he can be back before Christmas. We have to cope with it. There’s no point moaning about it."

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic on debutant Jonathan Calleri: "I played and managed in these kind of atmosphere, it is hard for them to get used to non-Premier League environments. 

"It was hard for him but he had a great chance and the goalkeeper made a good save. He showed a glimpse of his quality. He can be good in the link-up play and we are expecting a lot of him."

'A good result'

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: "It is a shame, but it is a good result. A couple of minutes before the goal we had a good counter with Marcus Browne but unfortunately we missed the target. Instead of 2-0, and probably killing the game, they get a corner and score.

"We hope we will win the second leg but this was a mixed side with senior and youngsters, it is a good result. We played with some young kids and it was a great experience for them.

"We only wanted to rest two or three players but the rest are out because they could not play."

Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham

West Ham skipper Mark Noble: "It is another late goal, just like Monday night [against Chelsea]. We have another game, we have an away goal but a massive game on Sunday against Bournemouth. We need to get a couple of players back.

"This is the first week of the season and we travelled a long way, we should have held on. I am pretty sure the second game will be a good one.

"We didn't score from open play tonight, we have to score and win games.

"It is not ideal if you fly for three hours then drive an hour-and-a-half to a game and don't come away with a result."

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Slaven doesn't look too happy...

Slaven Bilic
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FULL-TIME

Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham

There goes the final whistle. Astra clicked into gear late on, but West Ham take an away goal back to London for next week's return leg.

SUBSTITUTION

Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham

Astra make their last change deep into injury time.

Filipe Teixeira makes his way off the pitch, while Silviu Balaure comes on.

He should be sent off straight away, he's got number 96 on his shirt.

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Into the last minute, is there a final chance in this match?

Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham

Another cross from the right, this time from Daniel Niculae, but James Collins gets it away.

Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham

Denis Alibec, where are you??

Brilliant play from Cristian Sapunaru to flash a cross across the six-yard box, but no Astra player is there to tap the ball in.

That would have been the winner. It's been all Astra since the second goal.

YELLOW CARD

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Michail Antonio gives his shin a rub and gets up to a yellow card from the referee.

Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham

Painful, this one is painful.

Astra defender Gerardo Alves comes across to clear the ball and Michail Antonio runs in to catch him on the leg.

Shin on shin clatter, a sound that echoes around the stadium. Nasty.

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No communication between West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph and defender James Collins, who heads the ball away for a corner when the keeps had an easy catch.

Luckily for the Hammers, it's a poor corner from the home side.

Two minutes to play.

YELLOW CARD

Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham

Goalscorer Denis Alibec was booked for his over-exuberant celebration.

SUBSTITUTION

Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham

A change from Astra. The impressive Alexandru Ionita comes off to applause from his manager and on comes Constantin Flores.

Five minutes left.

GOAL - Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham

Denis Alibec (82 mins)

West Ham are punished.

About 90 seconds after their missed chance, they concede at the other end.

Filipe Teixiera plays in a low corner to the front post at the feet of Denis Alibec.

The Romanian striker has plenty to do with his back to goal, but rolls the West Ham defender and smashes a left-footed strike into the roof of the net.

Alibec rips his shirt off in celebration.

Alibec goal
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Oh dear, West Ham should have put this tie to bed.

Sub Marcus Browne leaves the Astra defence trailing with a superb run forward. He's one-on-one with the goalkeeper and elects to roll the ball across to Michail Antonio.

It looks for all the world that the Hammers winger is going to slip the ball into an open net, but instead whacks it into the side netting.

A glorious chance missed. Unselfish play from Browne, but he should have gone himself.

YELLOW CARD

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

Now there is a booking.

Reece Oxford comes across to the right and chops down Denis Alibec, for which he gets a yellow, but the home side are unable to make their opportunity count.

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No second yellow??

Cristian Sapunaru almost gets Michail Antonio in a chokehold, in front of the referee. The whole stadium had stopped, it was almost as if time itself had stopped.

But the man in black blows his whistle and awards just a free-kick to West Ham.

Sapunaru lucky to get away with that one.

SUBSTITUTION

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

That is Gokhan Tore's last action of the match.

He comes off and youngster Marcus Browne comes on.

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When Gokhan Tore is on, he really can cause problems.

The little winger wriggles away from his marker Fabricio and rolls a ball into the box, but Mark Noble can't get a shot away.

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

Astra get in behind for the first time in the match.

Striker Denis Alibec peels away from James Collins inside the area by beating the offside trap, but his left-footed shot from the angle is weak and Darren Randolph can gather.

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Astra's most impressive player has been Alexandru Ionita, playing on the right wing.

The left-footer shuffles the ball forward with small touches of the football, but his team-mates around him are not quite on his wavelength as he plays a ball into the box.

YELLOW CARD

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

Excellent covering work from young full-back Reece Burke, who gets across to clear the ball, which had been played inside the six-yard box.

From the resulting break, Astra defender Geraldo Alves is booked for a tug on Andy Carroll.

Andy Carroll fouled
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Again, it's speculative.

Astra play a short corner out to skipper Junior Morais on the left.

The full-back attempts to smash one in to the top corner, but it sails high over the crossbar.

The home side have had to resort to pot shots in this match. Sooner or later one will go in?

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

Under no pressure, Sam Byram concedes a corner in trying to head the ball back to Darren Randolph.

Can Astra make this count?

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

The game has gone a little flat, with neither goalkeeper having any work to do. The game ebbing away, which West Ham will be pleased about.

SUBSTITUTION

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

Double change from West Ham.

Andy Carroll and James Collins on, Enner Valencia and Jonathan Calleri come off.

West Ham Substitute
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Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

Astra have not been able to carve West Ham open and they have not been able to get in behind with craft or clever incisive play.

The Hammers defenders have sat back and waited for the home players to make their runs forward before picking them off.

All too easy for Slaven Bilic's men after an hour.

SUBSTITUTION

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

Romania international Denis Alibec, once of Inter Milan, is being sent on in place of right-back Kristi Vangjeli.

It's a reshuffle of the side, with Cristian Sapunaru slotting back into defence.

YELLOW CARD

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

Number 32 on number 32 and into the book.

Astra full-back Kristi Vangjeli is slow to react and trips West Ham full-back Reece Burke who had played a neat one-two with Michail Antonio.

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

Astra boss Marius Sumudica has clearly given his boys a talking to at half time, they have started brightly and are seeing a lot of the ball. Can they find a way past Darren Randolph though?

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

At the other end, Michail Antonio's long-rang effort is straight into the hands of Silviu Lung.

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

Filipe Teixeira plays a no-look pass into the path of Florin Lovin in the area, who attempts a Rabona cross but it's straight into the hands of Darren Randolph.

Easy for the West Ham keeper, who is Lovin that one. 

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

West Ham have not woken up yet in the second half and almost concede.

Defender Geraldo Alves gets forward for a corner and heads back Alexandru Ionita's cross but no Astra player can get on the end of it inside the six-yard box.

Slaven Bilic
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Taking a look back at the penalty, I have to say the referee got the handball decision spot on.

Cristian Sapunaru clearly had his left arm raised.

Astra handball
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KICK-OFF

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Astra get us back under way in Romania.

Astra Giurgiu 0-1 West Ham

Can the home side respond in the second period?

Having watched Astra boss Marius Sumudica's angry antics on the touchline during the first half, I would not want to be in Cristian Sapunaru's boots right now.