Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham: Hammers draw Europa League qualifying play-off first-leg tie

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A late equaliser from Denis Alibec saw West Ham held to a 1-1 draw by Astra Giurgiu in their Europa League qualifying play-off first-leg tie.

The striker hit home in the 83rd minute to cancel out Mark Noble’s penalty on the stroke of half time after a handball from Cristian Sapunaru.

The Romanian side knocked the Hammers out in the third qualifying round of the competition last season, drawing 2-2 in the first leg in London last season before Astra won 2-1 at home a week later.

Slaven Bilic will now prepare his side for Premier League action against Bournemouth on Sunday before the second-leg against Astra Giurgiu at the London Stadium on August 25.

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