Pitch invader stops West Ham attack during Europa League clash vs Lyon
The Hammers were looking for a second goal
A pitch invader stopped a promising attack from West Ham United during their Europa League quarter-final clash against Lyon on Thursday night.
David Moyes' men welcomed the French outfit to the London Stadium for the quarter-final tie, having defeated Sevilla in the last round of the competition.
The Hammers were reduced to 10-men just before half-time when defender Aaron Cresswell was sent-off for pulling Moussa Dembele to the ground and denying a goalscoring opportunity.
However, the home side started the second-half on top and took the lead through Jarrod Bowen, who made the most of Jérôme Boateng's defensive error to put Moyes' side in front.
Lyon levelled proceedings in the 66th minute through Tottenham Hotspur loanee Tanguy Ndombele - with the Frenchman converting from close-range.
Although West Ham were more than happy to hold out for a draw, they were still keen to press forward and attack whenever possible.
As the Hammers pushed for a winner late on in the tie, a pitch invader sprinted onto the pitch and brought a promising counter-attack to a halt.
With the 'fan' on the pitch, the referee was forced to pause the game and wait until the stewards had removed him from the field.
The game was restarted with the home side in possession, but, evidently, Lyon had recovered and were able to defend the following attack.
Aaron Cresswell is shown a red card deep into first-half added time!
He was judged to have pulled down Moussa Dembele...
The wink from the Lyon striker says it all 👀 pic.twitter.com/0PefUWytIr
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Dembele winks after getting Cresswell sent-off
Lyon forward Moussa Dembele was caught winking after Aaron Cresswell was sent off in the first-half, who received his marching orders for pulling Dembele to the ground and denying a goalscoring opportunity.
As the Englishman exited the field and West Ham were reduced to 10-men, Frenchman Dembele was seen winking in his teammates' direction.
Moyes vented his frustration at the referee as he and the other officials exited the field and into their dressing room.
The Scotsman was booked for his protests, but continued to express his displeasure at the official as he walked down the tunnel.
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