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July 27, 2012 7:00 PM BST
Glücksgas stadion — Dresden
 
21′ Robert Koch
 
51′ Hasan Pepić
 
82′ Cüneyt Köz
 

Dynamo Dresden 3-0 West Ham: Hammers fall to friendly defeat against strong German outfit

Sam Allardyce's men endured a three-goal thumping at the hands of the 2. Bundesliga side, despite the east London outfit fielding a strong XI

By Sion Cleaver

Sam Allardyce
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West Ham continued their pre-season tour of Germany with a 3-0 defeat to second division side Dynamo Dresden on Friday night.

A Robert Kock volley put the hosts in front early on with Hasan Pepic doubling Dresden’s lead just after the break and Cuneyt Koz sealing the deal two minutes from time.

Sam Allardyce started with a strong Hammers squad for the friendly, but their opponents looked to be the better team early on.

Dresden broke the deadlock after 20 minutes - Kock took a confident run before hitting a masterful volley into the West Ham net, leaving Jussi Jaaskelainen with no chance.

The Hammers failed to put together a response to being a goal down, with the majority of play favouring the Germans.

The home side emerged after the break in confident fashion by doubling their lead over a muted West Ham.

A combination of defensive errors and an obvious communication breakdown gifted Pepic a run on goal, leaving the net unguarded with Jaaskelainen nowhere to be seen. The striker slotted the ball into the net with ease.

West Ham replied to Dresden’s second goal with a surprising amount of attacking prowess. A terrific Carlton Cole pass found the run of Matty Taylor, who whipped a cracking low cross to Ricardo vaz Te, but the striker's shot fell directly at the 'keeper.

Possession soon fell back into Dresden’s hands, however, with Idir Ouali turning Guy Demel at the back before forcing an important save from Jaaskelainen in the Hammers goal.

Dresden guaranteed themselves the win with just two minutes left when Koz found himself unmarked from a corner before planting a thunderous low header in at the near post.

West Ham must now look onwards and upwards, starting with another friendly clash on Sunday against Energie Cottbus.


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