West Ham United 2-0 Beijing Guoan FT

Barclays Asia Trophy
West Ham United v Beijing Guoan
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Friday 31 July
Referee: Baojie Sun

Full-time - West Ham United 2-0 Beijing Guoan

94 min - The final whistle goes and West Ham confirm third-place in the Barclays Asia Trophy.

93 min - GOAL! West Ham finish on a high courtesy of Zavon Hines. The Jamaican sprang the offside trap and streaked clear of the Beijing defence before poking the ball through the goalkeeper's legs with his left foot. Good stuff from the 20-year-old.

92 min - An anxious time for West Ham as Guoan force a late corner, but the ball is cleared.

90 min - I was wrong about the substitutions. Jordan Spence is on for Mark Noble. We're going to have three added minutes. With Scott Parker off the pitch, Rob Green has taken over as captain for the final few minutes.

89 min - Cole sets Savio free down the right. He cuts into the box and his cross is dropped by the goalkeeper Sipeng and drops to Hines, but the defender was able to get in a challenge and the ball loops over the crossbar.

88 min - Payne is booked for a rather late challenge on the No31. The resulting free-kick is launched almost into space by Fei.

85 min - Kieron Dyer has done well today and his work is at an end. Savio is his replacement. Unless Zola wants to give Robert Green a rest, that is it for West Ham's replacement-wise!

84 min - Beijing haven't given this up just yet and a cross into the box ends with the No37 Tixiang dragging a shot wide of the near post. West Ham break and a loose header gives Hines a shooting chance, but his first-time attempt is straight at the goalkeeper.

82 min - A great chance for Dyer to double West Ham's lead, but he delays his shot and the defender gets in to block.

80 min - GOAL! Noble launches a right-wing corner into the danger zone and Gabbidon looses his marker before powering a header just inside the near post. The goal is greeted with a big celebration from the West Ham players. Gabbidon has had a horrendous time with injuries, so everyone in the dressing room will be delighted for the Wales defender.

79 min - Two more substitutions from Zola. Jimenez is off and Zavon Hines is on, while Parker is replaced by Josh Payne.

78 min - Noble crosses and Stanislas tries to get a shot in, but the ball rolls behind for a corner.

77 min - Bryan is replaced by No31 Hu Qiling.

76 min - While West Ham haven't looked that potent up front, Gabbidon and Tomkins have looked very assured at the back.

75 min - Cole chests down Noble's pass, but Stanislas does not react quickly enough to burst through the home defence.

74 min - Green goes in bravely to gather a curling cross before being bumped by a Guoan player.

72 min - A second change from Zola. Collison is replaced by Junior Stanislas. His pace and trickery could conjure an opening for the visitors.

71 min - The ball just won't break for West Ham inside the Guoan box. Parker's touch lets him down from Collison's cross and the England midfielder is then penalised for a high boot.

69 min - Noble finds Cole, who instantly releases Dyer with a neat flick. The midfielder cuts the ball back to the England striker but his shot is blocked. Good football there.

68 min - The spectre of penalties is growing ever larger...

67 min - Sun has a speculative effort from 30 yards out that has Green scrambling, but the ball lands on top of the net.

66 min - West Ham make their first change in personnel. Bondz 'Gala is on for Ilunga. The big man is going to slot in at left-back.

65 min - Cole and Jimenez combine to find Collison. The Wales midfielder rolls the ball to the Chilean, but his shot rolls wide of the far post.

63 min - Vitor robs Noble and runs at the West Ham defence. He shoots from 25 yards but it is blocked.

62 min - Yet another change for Guoan. Wang is replaced by No42 Sun Kaj. I'm struggling to keep up with all these substitutions...

60 min - Another change for Guoan. No41 Kou is on for skipper Sui. The corner is cleared. Half-an-hour to go here in Beijing.

59 min - Guoan win a free-kick about 40 yards from goal. Captain Sui has a dig but it is blocked and rolls through to Green. West Ham break and Collison forces another corner.

57 min - That was a good chance for West Ham. Dyer bursts on to a through pass and gets into the box, but he delays his cross and the ball is blocked behind. Park is replaced by No2 Lang Zheng. Tomkins heads the corner over the bar.

56 min - Guoan's No40 Park goes down after appearing to catch his studs in the turf. He is hobbling and is going to be replaced.

54 min - A chance goes begging. Cole gets in behind the Guoan defence and goalkeeper, but is pushed wide. He lays the ball to Jimenez, but the ball is cleared.

51 min - Wang tries to beat Green with an audacious volley from 30 yards but the ball lands on top of the net.

49 min - No sign of a goal just yet. If the game ends goalless then we will have a penalty shoot-out.

46 min - We're off and running again...

The second half is rapidly approaching and the Guoan players have a huddle before breaking and getting ready to kick-off. Guoan have made a couple of changes. No9 Vitor is on for Vogt, while the No37 Li Tixiang is on on the right side of midfield.

While you relax with a half-time cup of tea, here is some more information about Beijing Guoan. They were formed in 1992 following a restructuring of the Chinese Super League. In 2003, they were renamed Beijing Hyundai Motor Football Team after signing a sponsorship deal, but reverted back to Guoan in 2006. They have won the Chinese title seven times and their biggest rivals are Tianjin Teda.

Half-time - West Ham United 0-0 Beijing Guoan

47 min - West Ham have a chance to score right at the end of the half, but neither Jimenez nor Parker are able to get a shot away and the chance is lost. Seconds later, the half-time whistle is blown by Baojie Sun.

45 min - Guoan win a corner wide on the left. Wang takes with his right foot, but it is too deep and Tomkins flicks the ball out for a throw-in with his head.

43 min - West Ham are finishing the half strongly here.

42 min - Dyer has the ball in the back of the net courtesy of a neat finish, but again the assistant referee has his flag raised. It was a close one, but he may have been just offside. The opening had been created following good work by Collison to win the ball from a Guoan defender.

40 min - Bryan is back into the fray after a quick drink. Ilunga and Jimenez combine outside the Guoan penalty area but Dyer is again caught offside.

38 min - Something out of nothing from Cole, who collects the ball 30 yards from goal and spins before unleashing a low shot that tests Sipeng. The goalkeeper dives to his right and holds the ball with relative ease. Up the other end and Bryan is caught by Tomkins and the stretcher-bearers are called into action again.

36 min - A bit more information about the lively Wang. He was once part of the same youth team as Kaka at the Brazilian club Sao Paolo.

35 min - Park and Cole are both back on the pitch.

34 min - Cole and Park are hurt in an aerial challenge. The Chinese player is stretchered off with what looked like a knee injury, but he is straight up again on the touchline. Cole is also treated by physio Andy Rolls and takes the opportunity to have a quick drink.

33 min - The Guoan right winger Wang Ke looks like a threat every time he gets the ball at his feet, but his final ball has sometimes been lacking.

32 min - News from Edgbaston and the Ashes. Australia are 155-3. Back here, Cole and Jimenez try to combine inside the penalty area, but are thwarted by the Guoan defence.

31 min - Mark Noble wins a corner. It is taken short to Dyer, but his low shot is blocked and the ball is cleared.

29 min - We're approaching the half-hour mark and Wang works Green again, cutting inside Ilunga and shooting low at the goalkeeper with his left foot.

26 min - West Ham throw a few bodies forward and keep the ball for more than 30 seconds, but Spector's cross is caught by Sipeng with Cole threatening.

25 min - Guoan win a controversial corner. It looked like Robert Green easily caught the loose ball within the goalline. No matter as Gabbidon clears the corner.

23 min - Dyer tries to beat the offside trap and get on to Scott Parker's through ball. He looked onside when the ball was played, but the flag went up.

21 min - Vogt is penalised for handball. The 32-year-old Brazilian has previously turned out for clubs in Switzerland and Liechtenstein and spent last season in Ukraine at APEP Pitsilia.

20 min - Vogt has another shot on the turn, but it flies well over the crossbar.

19 min - As well as the noisy home supporters, there are plenty of West Ham fans here too. I can see flags representing the Leighton Buzzard and Norwich Hammers.

17 min - West Ham have a sustained period of possession here, but they can't find a way through the Guoan rearguard just yet.

15 min - Vogt tries to play in Bryan. Tomkins tracks the Nigerian's run and clears the ball to safety.

14 min - A slight worry for Cole as he collides with Sipeng and is rubbing his right hip. He's up without receiving any treatment and back into the action.

13 min - West Ham get numbers into the Guoan penalty area. Dyer crosses towards Cole, but the ball is cleared.

12 min - Guoan No43 Paulo Vogt turns away from his marker and shoots from 25 yards, but the ball barely reaches the goal.

10 min - Luis Jimenez curls a well-struck free-kick around the wall from the left-hand edge of the penalty area, but it is safely gathered by Zhang Sipeng.

9 min - West Ham are struggling to get their passing game going here on what is a lush playing surface. They finally do so as Parker and Dyer combine. The latter slips the ball through for Ilunga to run on to, but the DR Congo man is felled just outside the penalty area.

7 min - Despite making a number of changes to their lineup, Guoan are giving this a good go. Wang has a shot from at least 40 yards, but it flies harmlessly wide of the target.

5 min - Parker gives the ball away in midfield and allows Paulo Vogt a shooting chance. The ball hits Gabbidon and leaves Green wrong-footed, but thankfully it drifts wide of the post. The resulting corner is cleared by a combination of Cole and Gabbidon. Cole appears to have caught Park Chulwoo with his boot and the Guoan defender receives some attention.

4 min - A cross from the right from Wang is knocked out for a corner by Gabbidon. Xue Fe crosses and Carlton Cole heads the ball clear. 

3 min - It is encouraging to see Luis Boa Morte sitting on the bench with his team-mates and the coaching staff. The Portuguese is a popular member of the squad.

2 min - Guoan No17 Wang cuts inside on his left foot and shoots, but his tame effort is easily gathered by Green.

1 min - Carlton Cole kicks off and West Ham are first to show against a Guoan team showing eleven changes from Wednesday's semi-final. A Danny Gabbidon back-pass nearly causes Robert Green some embarrassment as he attempts to hack the ball clear and loses his footing.

6.01pm - Scott Parker and his opposite number Sui Dongliang exchange pennants before referee Baojie Sun tosses the coin. West Ham will kick-off.

5.58pm - News of Sir Bobby Robson's death has been announced here. The thoughts of everyone at West Ham United are with his family and friends at this sad time. Both sides will wear black armbands and a minute's silence will be held prior to kick-off in his honour.

5.55pm - Kick-off is rapidly approaching here at the Workers Stadium, and the home fans are making plenty of noise. Can West Ham sign-off their visit to China with a victory and silence them in the process?

5.47pm - Beijing Guoan have made a number of changes from the team that pushed Hull so hard, as they have a long away trip to Chinese Super League bottom side Chongqing Lifan on Sunday. Guoan are a point clear at the top of the 16-team table.

5.38pm - Some confusion over the West Ham team. James Tomkins is starting and not Matthew Upson. Apologies for that.

5.30pm - Four changes from the semi-final defeat tonight. Jonathan Spector, Danny Gabbidon, Mark Noble and Scott Parker are in for Julien Faubert, James Collins, Luis Boa Morte and Junior Stanislas. Again, the remaining members of the Hammers squad are all on the bench, with six substitutes allowed, one of which must be a goalkeeper.

5.25pm - It is hot and extremely humid here in Beijing tonight. This will be a test for West Ham against a fit and organised Guoan side who got stronger as their semi-final against Hull went on.

Good evening from the Workers Stadium in Beijing.

West Ham United will be eager to finish their Barclays Asia Trophy campaign with a win over Beijing Guoan after being beaten 1-0 in their semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur. Guoan were themselves beaten 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw with Hull City.

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has named a strong side again for today's game at a sweltering Workers Stadium. Only Luis Boa Morte, who injured his knee against Spurs, is unavailable.

A little bit of information about today's opponents. Guoan were formed as recently as 1992 and compete in the Chinese Super League. They finished third last season.

West Ham United: Green, Spector, Tomkins, Gabbidon, Ilunga ('Gala 66), Dyer (Savio 85), Noble (Spence 90), Parker, (Payne 79) Collison (Stanislas 72), Jimenez (Hines 79), Cole
Subs: Kurucz, Stech, Upson, Collins, Faubert

Beijing Guoan: Sipeng, Shuang, Chulwoo (Lang 57), De Brito, Pu, Ke (Kaj 62), Yifan, Dongliang (Kou 60), Fei, Bryan (Hu 77), Vogt (Vitor 46)
Subs: Zhiang, Modibo, Wang, Martinez, Zhang, Tixiang