Astra beat West Ham 1-0 at London Stadium to safe a 2-1 aggregate win and knock the Premier League side out on the Europa League once more.
West Ham had been dumped out of the Europa League by Astra to get a second season running, losing 2-1 on aggregate immediately after a 1-0 reverse at London Stadium.
A late equaliser from Denis Alibec had restored parity in final week’s first leg from the qualifying play-off, leaving Slaven Bilic’s men with nervy memories of final year’s exit in the hands on the Romanian minnows.
As well as the Premier League side have been left to rue a host of missed possibilities inside the return game as Filipe Teixeira’s strike late within the initially half settled the tie to prompt a chorus of boos from residence supporters as West Ham fell at the final hurdle before the group stages.
Though it had come from Astra’s initial serious attack, it was no extra than the guests deserved in an opening 45 minutes exactly where they had hassled and harried West Ham.
The hosts saw opportunity after likelihood go begging inside the second period, but couldn’t force a important target against a side that had shipped five in the league on Sunday, meaning Bilic has to choose up the pieces following a humbling technique to exit the competition.
Bilic’s star man Dimitri Payet was once more missing, though Mark Noble also sat out, and his team produced a slow start off in their absence.
When a 1st possibility did come in the ninth minute, Jonathan Calleri couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet as he ran by way of, allowing Silviu Lung to smother.
The Astra goalkeeper had to be rather far more impressive to beat away Pedro Obiang’s low drive, but, despite a number of nervy moments for the guests, the house side continued to struggle.
And, on the stroke of half-time, Bilic’s men fell behind.
A counter-attack arrived at Daniel Niculae’s feet and he waited long adequate for the support of Teixeira, who coolly tucked a finish beneath Darren Randolph to come to be the initial opposition player to score at London Stadium inside a competitive fixture due to the fact West Ham switched to their new residence ahead of this season.
West Ham began the second half stronger, with Angelo Ogbonna nodding into Lung’s hands prior to his team-mates squandered two marvellous possibilities.
As in the opening period, Calleri failed to connect properly from a terrific position, this time with his head, permitting Lung to parry, and Michail Antonio then stormed onto a strong Sam Byram cross but directed more than.
Cheikhou Kouyate volleyed wide just before an additional headed likelihood arrived as Winston Reid angled an effort way off target.
It was starting to develop into apparent that West Ham’s profligacy was going to price them and Ashley Fletcher then surrendered the top possibility however, controlling Ogbonna’s mishit to spring a fine quit from Lung with his close-range finish.
The outstanding Lung tipped Enner Valencia’s free-kick away and likewise denied Fletcher from variety as he clung on to a clean sheet and an additional incredible triumph.