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West Ham United beats ACF Fiorentina to lift the 2023 UEFA Conference Europa League trophy

In what could be the last game for West Ham United skipper Declan Rice, his team has given him an astounding farewell. The Premier League club has managed to defeat Italian club ACF Fiorentina in the final of the 2023 UEFA Conference Europa League final to lift the coveted trophy.

The win is West Ham United’s very first trophy in over 50 years in Europe. Declan Rice became the first Hammers captain since the late Bobby Moore in 1965 to lift continental silverware – on that occasion Moore raised high the Cup Winners’ Cup. West Ham’s  Jarrod Bowen’s dramatic last-minute goal sank Fiorentina 2-1 as the Hammers secured the first piece of silverware since 1980’s FA Cup, and the first European trophy since 1965, on a historic and emotional night in Prague.

Fiorentina dominated possession and had more than twice as many shots on goal as West Ham over the course of 90 minutes. But it remained goalless until just over an hour had been played when Said Benrahma broke the deadlock from the penalty spot.

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That lead lasted barely any time at all before Giacomo Bonaventura had equalised. But the Hammers snatched victory at the death when Bowen was sent through on goal and kept his composure to finish beyond the onrushing Pietro Terracciano.

David Moyes, the current manager of West Ham United has written his name in West Ham folklore, joining Ron Greenwood and John Lyall as trophy-winning Hammers managers.

“I actually think the last two years have been an incredible journey,” he said. He further stated, “It’s an incredible achievement to do so well in Europe, you look at some of the very good teams who find it a struggle. It’s great credit, we’ve turned a disappointing season into a super season.”

With the win, a place in next season’s Europa League group stage is confirmed for West Ham United.

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2023 UEFA Conference Europa League West Ham vs Fiorentina: Expected lineup, Match Timings, Live Telecast, Team News

After having a spectacular end to the 2022-23 UEFA Europa League, another UEFA trophy will see its grand finale. The 2022-23 UEFA Conference Europa League will see Premier League club West Ham United go head-to-head with Italian club ACF Fiorentina. Neither side has won a European competition since the 1960s, but one of these two teams will make history as the second winner of the tertiary UEFA club tournament.

David Moyes-led West Ham United had a disappointing season. The English club has 11 wins, 7 draws and 20 losses in a total of 38 games. The London-based club has seen Said Benrahma and Jarred Bowen score 6 goals individually. While Michail Antonio, Lucas Paqueta and Declan Rice have scored 5, 4 and 4 goals apiece. While for ACF Fiorentina, Arthur Cabral and Nicolas Gonzalez are the highest goal scorers with 8 and 6 goals respectively.

The Hammers last reached a cup final in 2006, when they lost the FA Cup final to Liverpool, whereas Fiorentina were beaten by Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia showpiece in May.

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The showdown between both the teams looks intense as both the teams will look to carve their club’s name on the illustrious trophy. In this article, we will explore the expected lineup, match timings, venue, live telecast and other team news.

All you need to know about the 2023 UEFA Conference Europa League final between West Ham and Fiorentina

When is the 2023 UEFA Conference Europa League happening?

The Europa Conference League final between West Ham United and ACF Fiorentina is scheduled to take place on June 8, 2023. Kickoff for the final will happen at 12:30 AM IST.

Who is playing in the 2023 UEFA Conference Europa League final?

The 2023 UEFA Conference Europa League final is happening between Premier League club West Ham United and Serie A club ACF Fiorentina.

How to watch the 2023 UEFA Conference Europa League final?

Sony Pictures Sports Network (Sony & Ten Channels) has the rights to show UEFA Conference Europa League matches in India. The UEFA Conference Europa League final will also be available on streaming mobile applications SonyLIV app and JioTV, allowing supporters to watch multiple games simultaneously and catch the replay of matches in their preferred language.

What is the head-t0-head record between the two teams?

Both the teams have clashed against each other thrice, with ACF Fiorentina winning twice and one no-result.

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What is the expected lineup for the 2023 UEFA Conference Europa League final?

The expected lineup of West Ham United is as follows:

Alphonse Areola, Thilo Kehrer, Naif Aguerd, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paquetá, Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio

The expected lineup of ACF Fiorentina is as follows:

Pietro Terracciano, Dodo, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Nikola Milenkovic, Cristiano Biraghi, Sofyan Amrabat, Rolando Mandragora, Jonathan Ikoné, Giacomo Bonaventura, Nicolás González and Arthur Cabral

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David de Gea howler costs Manchester United the game against West Ham United

Manchester United who were comfortably sitting on the third position in the Premier League have been dropped down from their position as the Red Devils lost to West Ham United at the London Stadium.

West Ham won 1-0 as Said Benrahma’s long-range strike went in as star goalie David de Gea missed the easy shot. De Gea let Said Benrahma’s hopeful shot from 20 yards slip over his glove to condemn Erik Ten Hag’s side to back-to-back defeats.

The defeat has left Manchester United in the fourth position, two points behind third-placed Newcastle United. Also, the Red Devils now lie just one point ahead of a rapidly advancing Liverpool, albeit with a game in hand.

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United boss Erik Ten Hag was seen being frustrated with the result. In a post-match interview, he commented, “Frustrating? Yes, I’ve seen it in the same way. I think we started well, dictated the game, created chances, didn’t take them and then one mistake.” He further stated, “Twice individual mistakes and you lose games. But it is what it is. Now we have a full week, we have to reset, reload and keep going.”

West Ham United manager David Moyes was happy with his team’s efforts. The former Manchester United boss felt that playing consecutive games within a space of three days was the major factor that contributed to his team’s win. In one of the post-match interviews, Moyes stated, “I feel a lot for Manchester United. They played Brighton on Thursday, they’ve had to play here on Sunday night. That two-day recovery… took the edge out of Manchester United tonight.”

Manchester United now have four games left. The Old Trafford-based club will look to put this loss behind them and make the most of the games ahead. Manchester United next face Wolverhampton Wolves on May 13 at Old Trafford.

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