West Ham Utd v Real Zaragoza: half time report

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 30th July 2011

Matt Taylor's first goal for West Ham is the difference between the two sides at the break in this afternoon's pre-season friendly.

Taylor, who made his debut just a week ago opened the scoring here at the Boleyn midway through the first half when he fired home from close range to gie Sam Allardyce's side an early lead.

The goal had been no less than United deserved having pressed their Spanish opposition - playing their first game of pre-season - for much of the opening 25 minutes.

And Taylor almost added a second ten minutes before the break when his curling, 25-yard free kick rebounded off goalkeeper Franco's post; Piquionne's subsequent tap-in being ruled out for offside.

All in all the Hammers have controlled the opening 45minutes with Zaragoza, playing their first competitive match since last May, looking decidedly ring-rusty.

We'll have a full report for you at the final whistle.

West Ham Utd: Green, O'Brien, Samuel, Tomkins, Reid, Faubert (Barrera 39), Taylor, Noble, Parker, Nolan, Piquionne.

Subs: Boffin, Ilunga, Spence, Nouble, Sears, Collison, Cole, Montano, Stanislas.

Real Zaragoza: Leo Franco, Juarez, Paredes, Pinter, Contini, Lanzaro, Mateos, Juan Carlos, Edu Oriol, Ponzio, Uche.

Subs: Toni Doblas, Alcolea, Laguardia, Obradovic, Orti, Valencia, Goni, Abraham, Lafita, Braulio.

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