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West Ham Utd 1-1 FSV Mainz (West Ham win 7-6 on penalties)

Filed: Tuesday, 31st July 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United have finally won the Betway Cup for the first time - at the FOURTH attempt.

Goalkeeper Adrian was a happy man as he collected the trophy for West Ham at the fourth time of asking, following previous defeats against Juventus and Werder Bremen (twice).

A happy Adrian lifts the trophy for the first time

However it took a penalty shootout to seperate the two teams after Toni Martinez's 70th minute, close-range header was nullified by Swedish midfielder Robin Quaison's equaliser ten minutes later.

Arthur Masuaku was first up in the shootout, only to see his spot kick rebound off the right-hand post. Fortunately Mainz's Argentinian midfielder Pablo de Blasis couldn't beat Adrian, and the scores remained level.

Masuaku misses - but everyone else finds the net

That was to be West Ham's only missed kick of the shootout, with Robert Snodgrass, Toni Martinez, Pedro Obiang, Marko Arnautovic, Josh Cullen, Adrian and Issa Diop all converting their efforts.

Meanwhile Mainz were looking equally effective from the spot following de Blasis' miss, until the 16th spot kick of the shootout which GaŽtan Bussmann fired wildly over the bar to give West Ham the win.

Adrian fires home West Ham's seventh penalty against his opposite number

West Ham's final pre-season test comes on Friday, also here in Austria, against Ligue 1 side SCO Angers.

Pre-season 2018/19: Fixtures & Results

8 July: FC Winterthur 3-2 West Ham Utd (Stadion Schutzenwiese)
14 July: Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 West Ham Utd (Adams Park)
21 July: Preston North End 2-2 West Ham Utd (Deepdale)
25 July: Aston Villa 1-3 West Ham Utd (Bescot Stadium)
28 July: Ipswich Town 1-2 West Ham Utd (Portman Road)
31 July: FSV Mainz 1-1 (6-7 pens) West Ham Utd (Silver City Arena)
3 August: Angers SCO (Das.Goldberg Stadium)

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