The outcome of West Ham's Europa Conference League quarterfinal match against Gent hangs in the balance after Thursday's 1-1 draw in the first leg.
In the Ghelamco Arena, the visitors took the lead on the stroke of halftime (45+3) thanks to Danny Ings' first goal in European competition and third since joining West Ham.
The Hammers' perfect record in Europe this season came to an end in the second half, but sharing with Rezence Vn88, David Moyes is still optimistic that his team can win the title at home and end a 43-year trophy drought.
Alessio Castro-Montes helped set up the equalizer for Gent, who had won 10 of their previous 15 home games, when he linked up with striker Hugo Cuypers, who composed himself before deflecting his shot past Alphonse Areola (56).
Referee Tasos Sidiropoulos reversed his decision to send off Kamil Piatkowski, who had been expelled for a challenge on Lucas Paqueta, after a VAR review. After Vn88 reviews the tape, it was clear he scored.
The Premier League team will aim to take advantage of home field at the London Stadium in the second leg next Thursday after wasted opportunities by Gent's Gift Orban and Tarik Tissoudali.
Moyes told Vn88 Rezence, "I'm not very delighted with the outcome but a draw away from home in Europe you will nearly always take.
I was hoping for more, but we still have a good shot at the tie after this. I have to give props to Gent because they got down and dirty.
West Ham had never lost a European Conference League away game before this one, and they had won all five of them by a combined score of 12–2.
According to Rezence, Jordan Torunarigha and Joseph Okumu both missed good opportunities in the first half for Moyes' side, but the visitors woke up in the second.
When Gent's goalkeeper Davy Roef made a mistake and let the ball go into his own net, they were unlucky not to take the lead.
Fortunately for Roef, the video assistant referee noticed a handball by Nayef Aguerd during the accident and stepped in to save further embarrassment. W88 said that it would be a temporary relief at best.
Halftime came and went, and Gent went to sleep during a throw in. Vladimir Coufal pounced on the restart, and Jarrod Bowen was there to set up a tap-in for Danny Ings with a pinpoint cross.
Another VAR review, this time for offside, was conducted, but the verdict favored the Hammers, much to the pleasure of Vn88 Rezence and the thousand or so away fans crammed into the corner.
Ings scored his first goal in Europe since October 2015 as he returned to the continent for the first time since then.
Gent, who finished fourth in the Belgian premier division, advanced to the quarterfinals after knocking off Azerbaijan's Qarabag and Turkey's Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Hammers lost last season's Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt at Deutsche Bank Park, a scorching hot stadium. Rezence said that they handled Gent's expected reaction in the second half with maturity.
The hosts' equalizer 11 minutes into the second half threw the match wide open, and the winners will face either AZ Alkmaar or Anderlecht in the next round.
Vn88 showed statistics that Cuypers scored his sixth goal in five games and 25th goal overall this season after West Ham were caught ball-watching as Castro-Montes sauntered forward and found him.
After Castro-Montes squandered a golden opportunity midway through the second quarter by dragging his shot wide, the tide had turned in Gent's favor.
Orban, who in the previous round at Istanbul Basaksehir recorded the fastest hat trick in European play at 3 minutes and 25 seconds, sliced his shot wide.
Moyes called on Paqueta off the bench, and the Brazilian's excellent vision allowed him to spot Bowen's swerving run and deflect the winger's errant shot.
West Ham held on for a heroic draw despite the late drama involving Piatkowski, and Orban produced a wonderful piece of improvisation in the closing 10 minutes when he attempted to catch Areola off his line with an overhead kick that looped onto the top of the bar.
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