A pitch invader who emerged from the visiting Anderlecht fans tried to tackle West Ham star Alphonse Areola but he put him flat on his back.

West Ham were cruising at 2-0 up and on their way to all but sealing a place in the Europa Conference League last 16 when frustration spilled over for one Anderlecht fan.

West Ham United v RSC Anderlecht: Group B - UEFA Europa Conference League
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The Belgians brought a big 3,000 plus following to the London Stadium. And they tried to light up West Ham’s ground – quite literally at times with their flares – by making plenty of noise.

West Ham were toying with the visitors for long spells and the game was petering out when a bizarre incident occurred.

A pitch invader from the Anderlecht fans tried to tackle West Ham star Alphonse Areola but he put him flat on his back instead.

The pitch invader sprinted towards a cool, calm and collected Areola as he stood with the ball at his feet in the second half.

And the 6ft 5in French World Cup winner sent the Belgian supporter back to the Eurostar with a lovely drag back.

The fan tried to tackle him but instead Areola sent him for a hotdog and put him flat on his back.

West Ham United v RSC Anderlecht: Group B - UEFA Europa Conference League
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Stewards then rushed onto the London Stadium pitch to restrain the fan and remove him from the field of play.

To be honest it was the closest anyone from Anderlecht had got to any of the West Ham players all night.

The Belgians got a ridiculous penalty late on to make things semi interesting.

But even then West Ham were far too strong even after a host of changes left them with a makeshift midfield and backline.

Dealing with the pitch invader was the most Areola had to do all night besides an early save to tip a long range effort around the post.

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