West Ham United v Sevilla
UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg, Thursday 17 March 2022, 8pm GMT
West Ham United continue the Club's UEFA Europa League challenge with a round of 16 second-leg tie against Sevilla at London Stadium.
The Hammers trail the record six-time Europa League winners 1-0 from the first leg in Spain, but know a victory of any type could take us through, whether that be in normal time, extra-time or via a penalty shootout.
A capacity 60,000 crowd will fill London Stadium for what promises to be a memorable evening, and David Moyes will be hoping his team can rise to the occasion and get the better of opponents who sit second in the La Liga table, but have yet to win away from home in Europe this season.
West Ham qualified for the round of 16 by topping Group H in their first campaign in the Europa League proper, winning four and drawing one of six games – including victories on the road at GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Vienna – to finish ahead of the Croatian champions.
Sevilla, who have won the Europa League six times since 2007, most recently defeating Inter Milan in the final in 2020, finished third in UEFA Champions League Group G behind Lille and RB Salzburg this season. Julen Lopetegui's side scored just one goal in their three away group-stage ties, drawing two and losing one.
Looking back into history, West Ham won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965, reached the final again in 1976 and made the quarter-finals in 1981. In 1999, Harry Redknapp's side won the UEFA Intertoto Cup and reached the UEFA Cup second round. The Hammers twice qualified for the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds in 2015 and 2016, but were eliminated before the tournament proper.
Now Moyes, his staff, players, supporters and everyone associated with the Club will now hope to keep their European adventure going at least one hurdle further.
West Ham United have sold out all General Admission tickets at London Stadium for what is the Club's biggest home European tie in over 20 years.
Supporters are encouraged to arrive at London Stadium as early as possible for Thursday's tie.
West Ham United's award-winning Official Programme for Thursday's historic UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg tie is on sale now.
To mark the Club's biggest European night in over two decades, we've put together a commemorative 116-page issue packed with exclusive content.
We've got interviews with our Spanish sensation Pablo Fornals and Club captain Mark Noble, European heroes of yesteryear David Cross and Alan Taylor, the latest from the Academy of Football, Women's team and Foundation and an in-depth guide to our visitors - as well as much, much more.
Update on supporter access to London Stadium
West Ham United can provide an update to supporters on their access to London Stadium for the remainder of the 2021/22 season, following the Government’s easing of COVID-19 Autumn and Winter Plan B restrictions.
In line with the latest Government guidance, COVID passes will no longer be a condition of entry to Premier League matches.
Supporters will no longer be required to complete a health declaration form before the match, nor present any form of COVID certification on matchday.
West Ham United, the Premier League and its clubs continue to urge fans to follow public health guidance to keep each other safe on a matchday, including wearing face coverings when indoors or in crowded areas.
A Code of Conduct remains in place and is updated to reflect the latest changes in Government and Premier League guidance. As COVID-19 restrictions ease, it is vital supporters continue to do all they can to minimise the risk of passing on COVID
Supporters should note that stadium access processes continue to remain subject to change, in line with changes to COVID protocols or guidance issued by the Government, Premier League and SGSA.
How can I follow the game?
Kick-off on Thursday at 8pm GMT, with the tie being broadcast live on television by BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate in the UK. Please check your local TV listings if you live outside the UK.
We will also be covering the game live with a blog and audio commentary on whufc.com and our Official App and across our social media channels, with goals, highlights and exclusive reaction to follow after the final whistle.
David Moyes has a number of question marks over player availability for Thursday's round of 16 second leg tie.
Jarrod Bowen has missed the previous two matches with a heel injury suffered in the Premier League fixture at Liverpool on 6 March.
Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell were both replaced after suffering injuries in the Premier League win over Aston Villa at London Stadium on Sunday.
Angelo Ogbonna is definitely out after undergoing surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee before Christmas, while Vladimír Coufal underwent surgery on a groin injury at the end of February.
For Sevilla, Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney is available again after serving a one-match suspension, while Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitić will also be available after missing the first leg with a stomach problem.
Former Premier League players Suso and Erik Lamela are both ineligible, while centre-back Diego Carlos, defensive midfielder Fernando, winger Papu Gomez and full-back Gonzalo Montiel all missed the La Liga draw at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.
UEFA Europa League
If West Ham United secure a one-goal victory in normal time on Thursday evening, two 15-minute periods of extra time will be played.
The away-goal rule is no longer applicable and all goals are counted equally. So, if the scores are still level on aggregate at the end of extra time, a penalty shootout will be held.
Each manager may use five substitutes in normal time, and a sixth substitute may be used during extra time, if it is needed. However, the five normal-time substitutions can only be made during three stoppages in play (not including half-time) and the sixth during a fourth stoppage in play during extra time (not including half-time in extra time).
The opposition – Sevilla
Founded in January 1890 by a group of young British men, Sevilla FC possess a dominant record in this competition.
The Andalusian side have won the Europa League on some six occasions, including defeating English opposition in Middlesbrough in the 2006/07 final, while also winning out in 2005/06, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2019/20.
They have won La Liga once (in 1945/46) and finished runners-up on four occasions, last in 1956/57 – a record they are on course to better so far this season, sitting five points clear of third-placed Barcelona but ten behind leaders Real Madrid.
Turning their attentions to continental football, Sevilla are bidding to win the UEFA Europa League for a record seventh time – in their own stadium, to boot, where the final will be held in late May – after finishing third in Champions League Group G earlier this season behind Lille and RB Salzburg.
Having dropped into the competition at the Play-Off round, Sevillistas scored three times at home in the first half against Dinamo Zagreb, but were forced to hang on to a rather more nervous advantage in the second leg in Croatia, ultimately winning out 3-2 on aggregate over the two legs.
The Spanish team is coached by former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui and captained by veteran former Manchester City winger Jesús Navas.
Prior to last week's 1-0 UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg defeat in Spain, West Ham United had never faced Sevilla previously.
Morocco international forward Munir scored the only goal of the game as Sevilla edged a keenly contested tie at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Nicolas Danos (FRA) and Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant VAR: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Thursday's tie will be refereed by one of Europe's most highly respected and experienced officials.
Clément Turpin may be just 39, but he has already taken charge of more than 100 UEFA matches, including 31 in the UEFA Europa League.
Born in Oullins in the south of the city of Lyon, Turpin has been a FIFA listed referee since 2010, and an UEFA Elite group referee since 2012.
He refereed at UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals and took charge of last season's UEFA Europa League final between winners Villarreal and Manchester United.
Turpin has also refereed European ties involving Fulham, Southampton, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers.