EINTRACHT BRAUNSCHWEIG v WEST HAM UNUTED
SATURDAY 27 JULY 2013
KICK-OFF: 3.30PM (CEST)
REFEREE: NORBERT GRUDZINSKI
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Full time: Eintracht Braunschweig 0-3 West Ham United
Full time: Jackson's weak shot was the last action as the Hammers end their tour of Germany in perfect fashion. They were soundly beaten 4-1 by Mainz just a week ago, but eleven days of intensive training and three matches against top flight German opposition have really sharpened them up. They scored three against Hamburg and three again today. It was good to Modibo Maiga notch twice, even if they were gifts, and he was heavily involved in Mohamed Diame's goal too. Reaction and highlights will follow on West Ham TV and whufc.com
Next for the Hammers are two fixtures involving West Ham XIs. The first at Southend on Monday, and then AFC Hornchurch on Saturday. We'll have coverage as usual on whufc.com
90 mins Simeon Jackson looks to have the final word as he lines up a shot 25 yards out, but he does not get the connection right and his daisy-cutter is of no concern to Adiran between the posts for the Hammers.
86 mins Ravel Morrison earns a ticking off from the referee for a foul which sees him concede a free kick midway inside Hammers territory. Erwig-Druppel delivers, but Matt Taylor tracks Kessel's run to knock behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.
85 mins The tempo to the game has largely evaporated from the game, although the same could not be said for my polo shirt, which is drenched due to the stifling heat and humidity.
80 mins Here's a great pic of Mo Diame squeezing the ball through the keeper's legs for 2-0 towards the end of the first half. Meanwhile, with 10 minutes to go the Hammers are still comfortable at 3-0 up.
77 mins Their team may be losing 3-0, but the home fans are still making plenty of noise over on that terrace. A number of large flags are being enthusiastically waved around too.
75 mins Three more changes for West Ham. Elliot Lee is on for Ricardo Vaz Te, Ravel Morrison for Joey O'Brien and Guy Demel for Razvan Rat.
74 mins Almost a goal back for the home side. A dangerous cross comes in from the left and Jonas Erwig-Druppel has ghosted in from the left wing to head at goal at the far stick. His effort thuds back against the post and drops to Ademi, who fires the follow-up over the crossbar. That clean sheet is still intact.
72 mins: The Hammers elect to make another substitution, with Pelly Ruddock, a regular in the Development Squad last term, replacing Winston Reid at the back.
66 mins Corner for the home side as they try to claim some kind of foothold in the contest. The ball comes over from the left, but Nolan is perfectly positioned to head clear from the near edge of the six-yard box. Still 3-0 to the Hammers.
60 mins Time for a raft of changes from both sides. For the Hammers, James Tomkins, Matt Jarvis and Matt Taylor are on for James Collins, Jack Collison and Modibo Maiga.
For Braunschweig, Henn, Kessel, Ademi, Theuerkauf, Washausen, Erwig-Druppel and Correira are the men on.
56 mins Not a lot to report at the moment, other than Mark Noble is receiving treatment for a knock. He looks ok to continue though so no further changes for the Hammers at present.
52 mins The second half has begun in much the same fashion as the first, with West Ham looking to take control of possession in a measured fashion.
47 mins Former Norwich striker Simeon Jackson is introduced to the action as a half-time sub for the home side.
46 mins Back underway for the second period. Kevin Nolan is on for West Ham, replacing Mo Diame in the middle of the park.
Half-time: The Hammers have taken advantage of some woeful defending from the hosts to race into a 3-0 interval lead. Maiga has been gifted a couple, but it was a fine pass from the Malian to Diame to set up the visitors' second, which was taken expertly. 3-0 to West Ham and it looks like being a productive final game on tour.
44 mins GOAL! It's three! Poor defending from the hosts allows Maiga a second, and two in as many minutes for West Ham. He latches onto a wayward backpass to round keeper Davan and slot home.
42 mins GOAL! A fine one from the Hammers too. Maiga finds himself loosely marked in the right channel and he bursts clear down the right to send an outside foot of the cross towards Diame, who made a lung-busting run to catch up. He holds his man off and cheekily backheels under the keeper it make it 2-0.
41 mins At the other end Maiga runs on to a lofted pass in the right channel and gets the better of Bicakcic to fashion a shooting chance. He aims for the far post but sends his skidding effort just the wrong side and the hosts survive.
39 mins Time for Adrian to make his first save of the afternoon. Hochscheidt's shot is powerful enough, but at a nice enough height for the Hammers' new Spanish keeper to beat away. The ball rebounds back to the Eintracht man, but he goes down incredibly easily on the edge of the box and referee Norbert Grudzinski is unmoved, despite the whistles from the home crowd.
34 mins Jack Collison wins a corner on the right and Joe Cole delivers to the near post, where James Collins flicks on, but an Eintracht boot intervenes and the Hammers can't double their advantage.
29 mins Better from Braunschweig as they produce some neat play on the edge of the box, with Kruppke, passing to Hochscheidt, who twists away from Diame and Collions, before Reid steps in to block his path to goal.
25 mins West Ham go on the attack again and almost add a second twice. First Ricardo Vaz Te's downward header bounces up and just over the bar, then he makes his way into the box and flicks back for Jack Collison, whose low shot is toed behind by a home defender. More
22 mins GOAL! The Hammers lead, in bizarre circumstances. There did not seem to be anything on at all, but defender Ermin Bicakcic hits the ball against Modibo Maiga in the left channel 30 yards out, and the ball loops over stranded goalkeeper Daniel Davan and he cannot get back to prevent it crossing the line. 1-0 Hammers.
21 mins Instead it's Braunschweig who get the next shot away as they win the ball and push forwards. Torsten Oehrl strikes, but James Collins throws himself in the way to block.
20 mins West Ham in possession again, probing and waiting patiently for a chance to strike.
17 mins Both teams are employing a measured approach to their play, unsurprisingly given the conditions, and we haven't been blessed with too much in the way of goalmout action so far.
15 mins The home side come back and look to get in down the left hand side, but Winston Reid comes across to to shut the door on Caligiuri, at the cost of a corner.
12 mins West Ham are back on the front foot and after Mark Noble clips a call into Jack Collison, possession comes back to Joe Cole 20 yards out, and his bobbling shot requires the first save of the afternoon.
9 mins Play swings to the other end and Joe Cole sends a teasing ball into the six yard box, which the defender touches clear with Modibo Maiga lurking. The corner comes to nothing, however.
7 mins Ricardo Vaz Te misplaces a pass in midfield and gives the home side the chance to launch a counter attack. Mirko Boland takes the ball from the centre of the park into the attacking third, but does not get hold of his shot and it dribbles wide of Adrian's near post. No danger there.
4 mins Eintracht get their first opportunity to attack and win a free kick down the Hammers left. Omar Elabdellaoui delivers, but Adrian gets there in time to make the punch and the home side cannot make more of the opportunity.
2 mins The Hammers controlling early possession in the heat here at Braunschweig. No chances as yet, though. 0-0.
3.30pm The game kicks-off, with the Hammers kicking down to our right. There's a cracking atmosphere, led by a packed terrace away to the end the Hammers are attacking.
3.25pm The big screen is showing us the players in the tunnel, and here they are! The Hammers led out by Mark Noble.
3.20pm The starters for the Hammers are back in the dressing room and the pitch is getting a final water before kick-off. It's nearly time for the final game of our Germany tour.
3.15pm It has been a spell of great weather in Germany and the sun has been out for nearly all of our time here, but today is easily the hottest day of the lot. It's going to be tough out there for the players.
3.10pm Here's today's team news. The Hammers line up with Adrian in goal, and there are also starts for Mo Diame and Joe Cole.
West Ham United: Adrian; O'Brien, Collins, Reid, Rat; Noble, Collison, Diame; Vaz Te, Maiga, Cole
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Potts, Tomkins, Lletget, Nolan, Ruddock, Jarvis, Taylor, Lee, Demel, Diarra, Morrison, Whitehead
Eintracht Braunschweig: Davan, Bicakcic, Dogan, Boland, Hochscheidt, Elabdellaoui, Kratz, Reichel, Oehrl, Kruppe, Caligiuri
3.06pm The stadium PA blasts out Bubbles - much to the delight of the Hammers fans away to our left!
3.05pm On our wander around the stadium we bumped into fans from afar afield as Switzerland and Rayleigh - as well as local members of the armed forces here in Germany. Here is the flag our Swiss supporters have brought along.
2.50pm Good afternoon from Braunschweig, Germany for the final game of our three-match tour.
The Hammers are taking on newly-promoted Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig, looking to end on a high having returned to form on Tuesday to defeat Hamburger SV 3-1, Matt Jarvis was involved in all three goals against Hamburg, supplying corners for Alou Diarra and James Tomkins to net, before winning the penalty which Ravel Morrison converted. Eintracht Braunschweig were involved in two friendly matches last weekend, losing 4-0 to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, but beating Turkish club Caykur Rizespor by a solitary goal on Sunday.
Eintracht Braunschweig completed the long road back to the top flight last season after a 28-year absence. Having spent most of their history up to 1985 playing elite football and qualifying for the European Cup once and UEFA Cup three times, they dropped down to the third tier, but spent virtually all of last season in the promotion places of 2. Bundesliga and ended up finishing second.
They won the German championship in 1967 and made the quarter-finals of the European Cup the following year, eventually being knocked out by Italian giants Juventus in a quarter-final play-off, after the initial tie ended 3-3 on aggregate.
They possess a familiar face in their ranks, having signed striker Simeon Jackson from Norwich City this summer. Jackson, a Canada international, notched 17 goals in 73 league appearances for the Canaries.