West Ham Beat Sporting Lisbon in Preseason Thriller, See Ravel Morrison Goals

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2013

COLCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 16:  Ravel Morrison of West Ham United during the Pre Season Friendly match between Colchester United and West Ham United at Colchester Community Stadium on July 16, 2013 in Colchester, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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West Ham United picked up an impressive win in Portugal as they defeated Sporting Lisbon in their latest preseason friendly.

The Hammers won the match 3-2 after a good showing from troubled youngster Ravel Morrison, before a quirky finish saw a penalty shootout end in a 4-4 draw.

Diego Capel scored a first-half penalty to put the Portuguese team ahead, but West Ham turned the match around with two goals in two minutes just before the hour mark. First it was Kevin Nolan who ghosted into the six-yard box to tap home after a long throw-in, before Morrison scored his first of the night and the best goal of the game, firing home from 20 yards.

Razvan Rat, a new left-back signing from Shakhtar Donetsk, was instrumental in both goals and he had a hand in the third too, combining with Joe Cole, who crossed for Morrison to head home his second and put West Ham up 3-1.

William Carvalho got a slight flick on a free kick with just a few minutes left on the clock to pull one back for the hosts, but West Ham hung on to record a fine victory.

Following an intensive preseason programme, this was West Ham's eighth friendly of the summer and their seventh victory, with only a defeat to German side FSV Mainz spoiling Sam Allardyce and his side's run of form.

This game against Sporting was part of the Toerneio do Guardiana, with the Hammers due to face Sporting Braga 24 hours after this match in the second fixture.

The 3-2 win after 90 minutes wasn't the only action though; a penalty shootout was held at the end of the game, supposedly to aid determining the competition winners if teams finished level on points, goals and goal difference—but the shootout itself ended in a draw!

Ravel Morrison scored twice during the match, but the former Manchester United youngster couldn't make it a hat-trick of successful finishes as he saw his spot-kick saved. Mark Noble, Elliot Lee, Matt Jarvis and Joe Cole scored the other penalties.

West Ham finished last season in 10th place in the Premier League and will hope to build on that during the coming campaign, though the only significant outlay thus far in the transfer market has been to make permanent the loan of Andy Carroll.

Left-back Rat, however, showed that there is plenty of value for Allardyce to pick up on free transfers too, and his performance will have given more positives to his boss.

West Ham play Premier League newcomers Cardiff City on the opening day of the new season.