The best jokes as West Ham suffer European scare against Birkirkara

After a penalty shoot-out, West Ham finally beat Maltese minnows Birkirkara.

Maltese side Birkirkara gave West Ham a scare in the Europa League before the English side won on penalties... and there were many jokes
BRAVE BUT HEADING HOME: Birkirkara (Image: Frank Vincentz)

All the jokes as it takes a penalty shoot-out for West Ham overcome Maltese minnows Birkirkara in their Europa League third qualifying round 2nd leg clash.

Slaven Bilic’s side, reduced to ten men after James Tomkins hurled his opponent to the ground while tussling for a corner, suffered a 1-0 defeat in normal time at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium and were unable to break the amateur side down in the following 30 minutes.

However West Ham were finally able to progress in the competition thanks to a 5-3 win on penalties over the McDonald’s-sponsored home team and can now look forward to visiting Romania in the next round.

These are the best jokes as West Ham struggle to a penalty shoot-out win against Maltese side Birkirkara:

33,048 – First leg attendance at the Boleyn Ground. 22,247 – Population of Birkirkara. pic.twitter.com/IhuiogWIvF

— bet365 (@bet365) July 23, 2015

West Ham, who made it in to qualifying by winning the 'Fair Play League' have now had two red cards in three games.

— Coral (@Coral) July 23, 2015

Birkirkara: 3rd best team in Malta ? 36-year-old goalscorer ? Leading West Ham at half-time ? pic.twitter.com/iYoVfVjy0Q

— bet365 (@bet365) July 23, 2015

Just getting ready for when Birkirkara knock us out of the Europa League. pic.twitter.com/HhkXhHhe48

— West Ham Photos (@whufcphotos) July 23, 2015

@whufc_official @Birkirkara_FC delete this

— Jord (@JordyChilds) July 23, 2015

I have more followers than @Birkirkara_FC . pic.twitter.com/0nqmf25SWH

— Dem (@SublimeStudge) July 23, 2015

West Ham have advanced from being a national joke, and are now doing it on a continental level

— Simon Johnson (@sejohnson13) July 23, 2015

Yeah @whufc_official is great in England, but can they do it on a hot, humid night in Malta? NO! Outstanding performance by @Birkirkara_FC

— Nigel Azzopardi (@NigelAzzopardi) July 23, 2015

Birkirkara players collecting their win bonus tonight #BIRWHU #COYI pic.twitter.com/nQGeQFtrlv

— Claret & Blue Mako (@WoWnut) July 23, 2015

I feel sorry for these Birkirkara players,taken to extra time,the need there sleep as they up early in the morning for their day jobs #whufc

— Espleypotter (@Marcespley) July 23, 2015

to think when my dad played professionally in Malta before his injury he played against Birkirkara and thrashed them

— ??? (@louis___rhone) July 23, 2015

Every single one of those Birkirkara players is a Football Manager regen.

— Trigger (@Hardwick1867) July 23, 2015

Struggling to beat such a small side! Cant believe Birkirkara are making such hard work of it tbh ?? ??

— Dangerous Attack Bet (@dangerousattack) July 23, 2015

West Ham are losing to Birkikara, if you haven't heard of them they're a small team from East London

— LS (@StaanzaaHD) July 23, 2015

Things we never thought we'd say……come on birkirkara

— John Bradley (@JBcommentator) July 23, 2015

Congrats to West Ham on beating the pro evo version of Birkenhead anyway

— Francis (@franciswd) July 23, 2015

I don't feel 100% confident that Birkirkara actually exist as a footballing proposition. Their name makes them sound more like an idea

— Luke Aaron Moore (@lukeymoore) July 23, 2015

West Ham haven't just beaten a football team tonight, they've defeated an idea. A philosophy. A state of transcendent meditation #bikirkara

— Luke Aaron Moore (@lukeymoore) July 23, 2015

West Ham defeat Birkirkara on penalties—the Europa League dream lives on… pic.twitter.com/4OfWx3pjMe

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 23, 2015

Congratulations to West Ham tonight on defeating an entire martial art #Birkirkara

— The Football Ramble (@FootballRamble) July 23, 2015