Fornals strike sends Hammers to Prague | West Ham United F.C.
And after Pablo Fornals replaced Benrahma, Bowen was next to get the travelling Hammers on their feet. He won the ball and drove into the AZ area but could not pick out Souček. Aguerd then had them celebrating. He looked to have found the net but somehow his effort drifted wide from close range.
Then as the pressure grew from AZ, the Irons had to dig deep once more. Players who tasted disappointment in Frankfurt, stood taller in the Netherlands. Battle-hardened by defeat, they, alongside the 2022/23 additions, drove their Club over the line.
Whether in Denmark, Belgium, Romania, Cyprus, or the Netherlands, European football has continued to deliver in the Irons’ second season on the continent. And a man who has been so important across the last two years delivered the final blow. Fornals burst through the AZ shirts and found the bottom corner. Wheeling away in trademark fashion.
One draw, 13 wins, means this is a side, who have waltzed their way to a final. Prague now awaits for Moyes’ Claret and Blue Army.
AZ Alkmaar: Ryan, Sugawara, Beukema, Hatzidiakos, Kerkez (M.de Wit 85), Reijnders, Mijnans (D de Wit 70), Clasie ©, Van Brederode (Lahdo 78), Pavlidis, Karlsson
Subs not used: Verhulst (GK), Deen (GK), Mihailovic, Bazoer, Vanheusden, Meerdink, Goes
West Ham United: Areola, Kehrer, Zouma, Aguerd, Cresswell, Souček, Rice ©, Paquetá (Downes 90+2), Bowen, Antonio (Ings 84), Benrahma (Fornals 75)
Subs not used: Fabiański (GK), Anang (GK), Johnson, Ogbonna, Emerson, Coufal, Lanzini, Cornet, Mubama
Goal: Fornals 90+4
Booked: Souček, Kehrer
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)