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West Ham United 3-0 Sheffield United: Hammers move into Champions League place


West Ham's Craig Dawson heads the ball clear of Sheffield United's Billy Sharp
West Ham last played in Europe in 2016-17 but failed to advance past the Europa League play-off round

Declan Rice’s well-executed penalty and Issa Diop’s header helped lift West Ham into fourth place as Sheffield United’s Premier League survival hopes suffered a significant setback.

Chris Basham’s lunge on Jesse Lingard helped gift the Hammers, who climb above Liverpool and Chelsea, a sixth win in 10 top-flight matches.

Rice made no mistake from the spot before Diop, who was forced off with a head injury in his previous game, doubled the lead from Aaron Cresswell’s corner.

Substitute Ryan Fredericks added a third deep into stoppage time.

Sheffield United, 14 points from safety with 14 games left, went close to equalising at 1-0 when Lukasz Fabianski produced an outstanding save to keep out David McGoldrick’s deflected header.

West Ham had been awarded an early penalty when Craig Dawson was fouled by Enda Stevens and referee Simon Hooper pointed to the spot, but after a VAR consultation the decision was overturned.

Chelsea will move back above West Ham if they beat Newcastle in the 20:00 GMT kick-off, but this was another accomplished performance from David Moyes’ side.

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West Ham United

  1. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  2. Squad number23Player nameDiop

  3. Squad number15Player nameDawson

  4. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  5. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  6. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  7. Squad number41Player nameRice

  8. Squad number31Player nameJohnson

  9. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

  10. Squad number11Player nameLingard

  11. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  1. Squad number9Player nameBenrahma

  2. Squad number16Player nameNoble

  3. Squad number24Player nameFredericks

Sheffield United

  1. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale

  2. Squad number6Player nameBasham

  3. Squad number12Player nameEgan

  4. Squad number22Player nameAmpadu

  5. Squad number20Player nameBogle

  6. Squad number7Player nameLundstram

  7. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

  8. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

  9. Squad number3Player nameStevens

  10. Squad number17Player nameMcGoldrick

  11. Squad number10Player nameSharp

  1. Squad number9Player nameMcBurnie

  2. Squad number15Player nameJagielka

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 23Diop
  • 15Dawson
  • 3Cresswell
  • 5Coufal
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 31JohnsonSubstituted forFredericksat 90+2′minutes
  • 10LanziniSubstituted forNobleat 63′minutes
  • 11LingardSubstituted forBenrahmaat 82′minutes
  • 20Bowen

Substitutes

  • 9Benrahma
  • 14Alves
  • 16Noble
  • 18Fornals
  • 24Fredericks
  • 25Martin
  • 45Odubeko
  • 54Coventry
  • 75Baptiste

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 6BashamBooked at 39mins
  • 12EganSubstituted forJagielkaat 85′minutes
  • 22Ampadu
  • 20Bogle
  • 7LundstramBooked at 87mins
  • 16NorwoodSubstituted forMcBurnieat 62′minutes
  • 23Osborn
  • 3Stevens
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 2Baldock
  • 9McBurnie
  • 13Lowe
  • 14Burke
  • 15Jagielka
  • 18Foderingham
  • 24Brewster
  • 29Bryan
  • 35Maguire

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