While West Ham might have been far from at their best on Thursday evening, the Hammers officially punched their Europa League knockout stage ticket as they snatched a late 1-0 victory against TSC in Serbia.
With David Moyes electing to make a string of changes here, the Premier League outfit struggled to find any kind of fluidity on either side of the half-time break.
However, it was Tomas Soucek who once again proved to be West Ham’s hero as the Czech Republic international popped up in the final few seconds and notched his fifth strike in as many appearances for club and country.
Knowing that a final Group A victory against Freiburg on December 14th would see them leap directly to the Round of 16, the Hammers would have been glad to avoid a potential European banana skin.
Although TSC might have frustrated Thursday’s guests for large spells in midweek, the Serbian outfit have certainly limped their way over the finish line and have collected just a single point from their five Group A showdowns this season.
On an evening when Moyes’ men officially guaranteed a European adventure for the New Year, we have taken a look at the key talking points.
West Ham punch their Europa League knockout stage ticket
Making real history last season as they were crowned Europa Conference League winners for a maiden time, West Ham were desperate to mount another record-breaking European run this time around.
Appearing to have found some much-needed stability on either side of November’s international break, Moyes’ side have now won five of their previous six appearances across all competitions.
While the Hammers might have failed to find any kind of fluidity in the final third prior to Soucek’s late winner, Moyes’ men will know that they now sit just 90 minutes away from officially clinching top spot in Group A.
Welcoming Freiburg to the London Stadium on December 14th for their final European appearance of the year, even a single point would be…
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Author : Tom Dunstan
Publish date : 2023-12-01 06:00:19
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