A double by striker Michail Antonio allowed the West Ham
hold on to their qualification options for the Champions League, after beating Burnley 1-2 on Monday, in a match in which the “hammers” were behind on the scoreboard just after the first quarter of an hour of play.
But this West Ham is a totally different team with the burly striker of Jamaican descent at the top of the attack.
If David Moyes’ team seemed to have lost any option to fight for the Champions League positions after falling to Chelsea and Newcastle, the return of Antonio, after overcoming the injury that prevented him from playing the last two games, restored hope to the “hammers”.
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Not even the goal from New Zealander Chris Wood, who opened the scoring at 19 minutes for Burnley by transforming a penalty committed on him, prevented the London team from winning.
And it is that just two minutes later Michail Antonio returned the equalizer (1-1) to the scorekeeper when he headed a center from Czech Vladimir Coufal to the nets, after a sensational recovery of the ball by Spanish Pablo Fornals.
Something that did not appease the voracity of Antonio who in the 29th finally turned the scoreboard (1-2) when he finished off a service from the Algerian Said Benrahma from inside the small area.
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Formula that was about to bear fruit again at West Ham three minutes later in another North African center that Michail Antonio did not reach by millimeters, who again won the game against the entire local defense.
And it is that Antonio, who last March announced his intention to play for the Jamaica national team, was an unsolvable problem for Burnley’s defense throughout the game.
As demonstrated in the 55th minute in a cross by Spanish Pablo Fornals who fell at the feet of Michail Antonio, who completely alone, was not able to hit the goal on this occasion.
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A failure that almost cost West Ham dearly as Burnley had ten minutes later an unbeatable opportunity to tie the contest on a double occasion by Josh Brownhill and Jay Rodriguez.
All a scare that did not seem to affect Michail Antonio who returned to touch the goal in the 72nd minute, a third goal that finally did not arrive, which did not prevent West Ham from achieving a valuable victory, which placed the hammers, fifth , just three points behind Chelsea, the team that closes the access positions to the Champions League.