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Too little too late as Lyon react to West Ham defeat with massive win despite fan boycott

It was a case of too little too late as Lyon reacted to the West Ham Europa League defeat with a massive win despite a fan boycott.

As reported previously by Hammers News, the epic West Ham win over Lyon sparked a huge fan boycott as the French club’s ultras issued a statement slamming their players.

West Ham’s unforgettable triumph across the Channel did not just make waves here in England.

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David Moyes’s side strode into the Europa League semi-finals with a superb 3-0 win in Lyon last Thursday night to seal a 4-1 aggregate victory.

Underperforming in Ligue 1, the historic French club were under pressure to win the Europa League in order to qualify for the Champions League football they are so accustomed to for next season.

But West Ham had other ideas, dumping Lyon out to set up a semi-final clash against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Too little too late as Lyon react to West Ham defeat with massive win despite fan boycott

The result has had extreme consequences for Lyon, not only on the pitch, but off it too.

As a result of the manner of the defeat to West Ham, Lyon’s ultras issued a lengthy statement and vowed to boycott the club’s Ligue 1 match against Bordeaux on Sunday.

But while the Hammers were toiling to a 1-1 draw with Burnley, it was a case of too little too late as Lyon reacted to the West Ham defeat with a massive 6-1 win despite the fan boycott.

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West Ham winker Moussa Dembele and the impressive Karl Toko-Ekambi both scored twice with Lucas Paqueta and Romain Faivre also netting in the comprehensive win.

The 6-1 thumping proves just how well West Ham did to keep Lyon relatively quiet over two legs and score four themselves.

It is a shame West Ham have not been able to repeat those performance levels in the Premier League because their bid for a top six spot is in jeopardy as a result.

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West Ham were not the only ones suffering something of a European hangover, though.

Their semi-final opponents Frankfurt lost 2-0 to Union Berlin at the weekend while the Barcelona side they vanquished in the last eight also lost, 1-0 at home to Cadiz.

Let’s hope with a full week of rest and training, West Ham can get back to something like their best for Chelsea at the weekend.

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