Antonio on target as Hammers win Europa opener

Reggae Boy Michail Antonio scored a late goal as English Premier League club West Ham United came from behind to defeat Romanian side FCSB 3-1 in their Europa Conference League Group B opener at London Stadium on Thursday.

The Hammers dominated possession but trailed in the 34th minute when Andrei Cordea scored at the far post.

Jarrod Bowen restored parity with a 69th-minute penalty after Maxwel Cornet had been fouled. Emerson then struck from close range to make it 2-1 before Antonio, 32, scored a third in the 90th minute, powering home a strike which goalkeeper Stefan Tarnovanu could not keep out.

The goal followed Antonio’s second-half strike in a losing cause against Chelsea in the Premier League last weekend.

Bowen, Pablo Fornals and Antonio were all denied as the Hammers made a strong second-half showing.

David Moyes’ side have made a disastrous start to the Premier League season with just one win in six games, but this was their third-successive win in Europe after victories in qualifying.

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