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Summary

  1. Astra knock West Ham out for second consecutive year
  2. Astra keeper Lung makes several excellent saves
  3. Former WBA midfielder Teixeira scores winner

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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That's us done for this page - our friends on the TV have gone off air before we hear from Slavan Bilic but we shall bring you his reaction once we have it.

Check out the football page shortly. We bid you good night. 

Zaza? For sure

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

The latest reports reaching us are that West Ham are now very close to signing Simone Zaza from Juventus for an eye-watering, trouser-scrunching £24m.

(TWENTY-FOUR MILLION!)

You may remember Zaza from his penalty miss for Italy at Euro 2016. 

Euro 2016: Fans' versions of Ronaldo tantrum, Ledley dance and more

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Next up for West Ham? Manchester City (a). 

Pep Guardiola
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Michael Bairstow: Bye bye Europe. It wasn't fun while it lasted. More Saturday games at the Olympic Stadium though..... every cloud.

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Bradley Allen

Former QPR striker on BBC Radio London

Going out to these opponents the second year running is a shock. But the West Ham fans know the game and I think some of them will be quietly happy. That's six fewer fixtures between now and Christmas. 

But with this venue it still would have been nice to play a few different opponents, to have had that experience of European football.

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John, Milton Keynes: Why are we bothered about going out? It's a sub-standard competition and we haven't got the squad to compete in it and the Premier League, as has been proven tonight! 

Adam: We're going to have the nicest ground in the Championship on this form. Useless.

'Awful result'

Europe League or not - West Ham had been setting a lot of store on having European football in the new stadium so that's an awful result.

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Bradley Allen

Former QPR striker on BBC Radio London

The timing of the goal really did not help - it gave Astra something to hold on to. And I don't think we should ignore how well they defended to earn this win. They were really stubborn. 

What disappointed me most about West Ham was that, when under pressure to score, they resorted to long balls forward. It needed a bit of intricacy and creation. They sorely missed Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini.

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

In the long run I guess it may be to West Ham's advantage that they have six fewer games - at least - to pack into the schedule. And they will have more games on a Saturday now.

But I think everyone at the club was looking forward to a prolonged European adventure. That is now in the can. 

West Ham players disappointed after loss
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West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

That was a very poor display from the start by West Ham. they have plenty of key players out but Slaven Bilic will feel let down by that performance. 

Slaven Bilic
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West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

West Ham booted out by Astra Giurgiu for two seasons in a row. Slaven Bilic and his coaching staff are still rooted to their seats in the dugout as the Astra fans, players and staff celebrate wildly. 

BreakingWEST HAM OUT OF EUROPA LEAGUE

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Who saw that coming? You could get Astra at about 12-1 before kick off. Desolation on the faces of some Hammers players, loud boos rung out from the stands. 

West Han fans
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FULL-TIME

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West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Bradley Allen

Former QPR striker on BBC Radio London

It's turning out to be a hugely frustrating night for the West Ham fans who've turned up here in their droves. More than 57,000 of them.

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

It's now or never West Ham. Now or never. 

West Ham supporters worried
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YELLOW CARD

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Michail Antonio tries a volley from long range but only succeeds in volleying Takayuki Seto in the back. Booked.

It's not happening for West Ham. Sam Byram is then booked too.

Michael Antonio
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INJURY TIME

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Five minutes added on as some fans head for the exits...

YELLOW CARD

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Instant impact. James Collins is booked for his first challenge as he goes up for a header.

SUBSTITUTION

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

James Collins on as an emergency targetman. Who doesn't love seeing that?HIT THE BIG MAN. 

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Adamski: Cue a glut of teams trying to poach Payet with the promise of European football if we get knocked out of this.

CLOSE!

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Was that the chance?! At last a great ball in, Enner Valencia is sliding in for a tap-in no more than six yards out but somehow Cristian Oros slides in and clears.

Seconds later Sam Byram flicks a cross wide...

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Bradley Allen

Former QPR striker on BBC Radio London

Ashley Fletcher has been brave. He's had a go, he's chased. And he's lifted the West Ham crowd. These fans embrace players like that, with a real work ethic.

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Six minutes to find a goal or West Ham are out. Can they find one?

Slaven Bilic
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West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Bradley Allen

Former QPR striker on BBC Radio London

West Ham are being encouraged to take risks now, get more players forward. Play man-for-man defensively. 

One goal would really unnerve the visitors and leave them very fragile for the end of this match. 

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Snap shot from 18 yards from Ashley Fletcher, he didn't get totally behind that one and Silviu Lung is able to make yet another save.

Into the last 10 minutes now. 

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Can West Ham find a way past Silviu Lung tonight? He's been brilliant. 

Silviu Lung
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GREAT SAVE!

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Another great save! What a night Silviu Lung is having in the Astra goal, full-stretch to his right to finger-tip Enner Valencia's drive away. 

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

I don't think Ashley Fletcher will have to wait long for his first Premier League start. He's been terrific as he wins a free-kick in a good area.

It's a lazy comparison but Fletcher has a lot of Marcus Rashford about his game. 

Ashley Fletcher
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West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Bradley Allen

Former QPR striker on BBC Radio London

Ashley Fletcher deserves a goal for the impact he's had since coming on but that just lacked a bit of power. 

GREAT SAVE!

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

It's another great chance for West Ham! Ashley Fletcher wins a corner, it's half cleared out, Angelo Ogbonna hits it back in and it falls at the feet of Fletcher.

He turns and shoots, but Silviu Lung saves with his legs. He had the whole goal to aim at - had to score!

Fletcher has made a big difference though. 

Ashley Fletcher
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West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

More good play from Ashley Fletcher sets Reece Burke away on the left, he teases in a cross and Enner Valencia stretches to head it wide. He perhaps would have been better leaving that for Michail Antonio. 

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Bradley Allen

Former QPR striker on BBC Radio London

He's hugely frustrated, Ashley Fletcher. 

At least that will stoke the crowd up more. Hopefully they can drive West Ham towards a goal.

PENALTY APPEAL

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Great feet from Ashley Fletcher as he dances infield from tight on the right-hand side, he cuts back into the middle and goes down under a clumsy challenge from Filipe Teixeira - no foul!

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Bradley Allen

Former QPR striker on BBC Radio London

There's still a good period of time. I'm confident West Ham will still get a good decent chance or two before the final whistle.

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

If West Ham can level the scores we would have extra-time and potentially penalties. They don't look too likely at the moment though. Astra goalkeeper Silviu Lung is booked for time wasting. Still over 20 minutes to go... 

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That may be so Jonny but you show me a rational football fan and I'll show you a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Groans of frustration as another move breaks down. It's been much better from West Ham since half-time but have Astra weathered the storm?

Astra Giurgiu manager Marius Sumudica
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Jonny Hayes: When will we Hammers get real? Take Payet, Carroll, Lanzini, Sakho, Noble out of any team and they will struggle.

CLOSE!

West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

It's pretty much all West Ham now as they push hard for an equaliser. Winston Reid gets up well to meet a corner but he can only head it wide from eight yards out. 

Just under half an hour to go. 

SUBSTITUTION

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He's missed two sitters and that's the end for Jonathan Calleri. On comes Ashley Fletcher. 

Jonatan Calleri
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West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgiu (Agg: 1-2)

Cheikhou Kouyate gallops forward to cut out an errant pass on his chest, the ball bounces up and is crying out to be hit so he does, swerving, 25-yarder with the outside of his boot but wide.