Werder Bremen 2 West Ham United 2
Saturday, 29th July 2017
by Staff Writer
(Werder Bremen win 3-2 on aggregate)West Ham were narrowly beaten to the Betway Cup thanks to a late equaliser.
The Hammers were leading before an 81st minute strike by Yuning Zhang, on loan from West Bromwich Albion secured the trophy for the Bundersliga side.
Luca Caldirola has given Bremen a 15th minute lead with a strong header, thereby effectively doubling their advantage following the 1-0, first leg win on Saturday evening.
However Marko Arnautovic soon halved the deficit by converting Arthur Masuaku's deflected centre.
The Hammers went 2-1 up on the day and levelled the aggregate score just after the hour mark when Andre Ayew's cross was finished by Under 23 striker Toni Martinez.
However Bremen - who were distinctly second best on the night, with debutant Joe Hart rarely called upon - secured the Betway Cup trophy by levelling the score on the night with just nine minutes of normal time remaining.
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Player RatingsJoe Hart
A first glimpse at West Ham's new on-loan goalkeeper.
Played for an hour before being replaced by Sam Byram.
Replaced Aaron Cresswell from yesterday's line-up.
His first appearance since returning from injury.
Played an hour before being replaced.
Captained the side in the absence of Mark Noble.
A second start in 24 hours for the highly-rated young midfielder, who is pushing for a place in Slaven Bilic's first team squad.
In the starting line-up today having featured from the bench yesterday.
A debut goal in claret and blue for the former Stoke City man.
Decent run-out for the Scottish international, who continues to be linked with a move elsewhere during the transfer window.
A full 90 minutes minutes under his belt, coupled with an assist.
(Replaced Zabaleta) One of eight players introoduced on the hour mark, as agreed between both managers.
(Replaced Fonte) Another half-hour with the first team for the promising young centre half.
(Replaced Ogbonna) The veteran defender may have been linked with a move to Everton but he continues to give 100 per cent - even in a pre-season friendly such as this.
(Replaced Obiang) A shing light in yesterday's 1-0 defeat, he enjoyed a decent cameo here too.
(Replaced Masuaku) A decent 30-minute run-out for the England full back.
(Replaced Cullen) On for young Josh Cullen for the last 30, having enjoyed a full 90-minute run-out yesterday.
(Replaced Fernandes) Lively as usual and always seeking out that killer ball.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna, Jose Fonte, Pedro Obiang, Josh Cullen, Edimilson Fernandes, Marko Arnautovic, Robert Snodgrass, Andre Ayew.
Goals: Marko Arnautovic 26 Toni Martinez 62 .
Booked: n/a .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Werder Bremen: Pavlenka, Caldirola, Sane, Bauer, Augustinsson, Delaney, M Eggestein, Bartels, Kainz, Kruse, Zhang.
Subs not used: tbc.
Goals: Caldirola (15), Zhang (81).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Marko Arnautovic.