West Ham handles decimated Foxes and climbs to number one
- Title : West Ham handles decimated Foxes and climbs to number one
The first "Monday Night Match" of the Premier League season got straight to the point. A goal and a red card were the cornerstone for three more West Ham goals in the second half. In the end, the Hammers won 4-1 against Leicester City.
Almost 60,000 fans gathered for the first Monday evening game of the Premier League season at the London Stadium and had a goal to cheer for in the first half: After losing the ball from Vardy, Fornals got the ball over Rice and Benrahma in the sixteenth and left Schmeichel in Box of the guests no chance (26th).
In the first few minutes, both teams felt each other and did not really get into the opposing half dangerously. Both coaches had decided against changes in the starting line-up after their successes on matchday one - West Ham won 4-2 in Newcastle and Leicester 1-0 against Wolverhampton.
At least Brendan Rodgers, the guest coach, has to change next week ...
Perez is awkward and therefore early in the shower
Because: In the 40th minute, Leicester's Perez stumbled Fornal's ankle with his studs and looked red. Ten of them went into the dressing room after a half-time that was uneventful - apart from the goal and the red card.
The second half began with offensive hammers, who were able to mark the first big chance with Antonio's massive header seven minutes after the restart. The second should follow directly and find the net: Söyüncü's unsuccessful back pass intercepted Antonio and played on Benrahma, who only had to insert (56th).
Tielemans shortened, but Antonio opened it up
As a result, the game seemed decided, but Tielemans shortened Leicester's first and last chance in the second half: The Belgian sank the ball into the home side's mesh in the second attempt (69th). Then came the four minutes of the 31-year-old Antonio.
With the 3: 1 (80th), the native of London first shot his way to the sole West Ham record scorer in the Premier League, only to top it four minutes later (now a total of 49 hits). In the end, in front of 59,901 fans, the Hammers deservedly won 4-1 against the Foxes and moved past Liverpool and Chelsea to the top of the table.