West Ham are in the Europa League round of 16 despite a goal against their late side of Tomas Soucek who saw them draw with Genk in David Moyes’ 1,000th game as manager.
Moyes has accumulated more than enough experience in his almost 24 years in the canoe to know that feeling counts for nothing and that his team had to come from a goal in Belgium.
The Hammers had paid off a slow start at Cegeka Arena, with Joseph Paintsil darting on Junya Ito’s pass and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola unable to fend off the striker’s low shot.
Benrahma shot Vladimir Coufal’s smart withdrawal to equalize after the break, then added a delicious one-on-one effort eight minutes to go to seemingly wrap up a win.
But Soucek inadvertently turned a cross into his own net three minutes from time.
Moyes’ side have 10 points in four games – six ahead of Genk with two games to go – and appear poised to win Group H. That would secure them a place in the bottom 16 rather than, as runners-up. group, to have to play a play-off with a third team in the Champions League.
Dinamo Zagreb’s 3-1 win over Rapid Vienna left the Croatian side second, four points behind West Ham.
âI consider that we have qualified, and the other part is that we are still new to this field,â Moyes said.
“We’re trying to keep players fresh for the Premier League, so somewhere along the line it was going to get bumpy – and Genk made it bumpy.”
Moyes crosses the 1,000 mark
Moyes’ first game in management came before England midfielder Declan Rice, his current squad’s most influential player, was even born, while the rest of his squad are unlikely to remember the Scotsman who took charge of Preston’s victory over Macclesfield in January 1998.
After Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sunderland and now the Hammers, Moyes becomes the 35th person on the League Managers‘ Association roster to hit the 1,000-game mark – and for the last six of those matches, his team is undefeated.
It would have been a better celebration if they had kept their lead.
Moyes aimed to bring West Ham to the last 16 in a European competition for the first time since the 1980-81 season, when they were knocked out in the Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals by future champions Dinamo Tbilisi .
But they started slow in Belgium and moved behind Paintsil’s opener in the fourth minute, with Areola going on to prevent a header from Paul Onuachu shortly after.
For 20 minutes, the Hammers really struggled to get a handle on a side they beat 3-0 in the second leg and, in particular, Ito’s move, which should have doubled the hosts’ lead after the break. and the rapid reduction of Paintsil.
There were quick chances for Benrahma and Rice before the break and Moyes made a triple change soon after in an effort to change his team’s fortunes, while leaving forward Michail Antonio resting for Sunday’s visit. in the Premier League in Liverpool.
They were soon tied in the 59th minute thanks to Benrahma and the forward added a brilliant second late in the game thanks to clever footwork and a low finish that fizzled out under goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt.
But Genk, who started the day at the bottom of the group, didn’t let go and the hapless Soucek moved past his own goalkeeper to see the points shared.
“It’s pretty hard to believe I got there and it’s a moment I’ll always remember, an away game in Europe,” Moyes said of his landmark. “And we will always remember the game when Tomas Soucek scored on his own side.”
Player of the match
Squad number28Player namePaintings
Squad number26Player nameVandevoordt
Squad number7Player nameIto
Squad number18Player nameOnuachu
Squad number23Player nameMuÃ±oz
Squad number33Player nameLucumÃ
Squad number3Player nameMujaid Sadick
Squad number77Player namePreciado
Squad number21Player nameUgbo
Squad number42Player nameThorstvedt
Squad number5Player nameArteaga
Squad number17Player nameHrosovski
Squad number8Player nameHeynen
Squad number24Player nameOyen
West Ham United
Squad number22Player nameBenrahma
Squad number41Player nameRice
Squad numbertenPlayer nameLanzini
Squad number20Player nameBowen
Squad number3Player nameCresswell
Squad number8Player nameFornals
Squad number5Player nameCoufal
Squad number13Player nameAreola
Squad number15Player nameDawson
Squad number23Player nameDiop
Squad number28Player nameSoucek
Squad number9Player nameAntoine
Squad number33Player nameKrÃ¡l
Squad number16Player namenoble
Squad number26Player nameMasuaku
- 23MuÃ±ozReplaced byPreciadoTo 87 ‘minutes
- 3Sadick Aliu
- 33LucumÃBooked at 69 minutes
- 5ArteagaBooked at 71 minutes
- 42ThorstvedtBooked at 55 minutesReplaced byUgboTo 87 ‘minutes
- 28PaintingsBooked at 69 minutesReplaced byOyenTo 90 + 4 ‘minutes
- 20to eat
- 15DawsonBooked at 67 minutes
- 16nobleReplaced bySoucekTo 58 ‘minutes
- 41RiceBooked at 15 minutes
- tenLanziniReplaced byKrÃ¡lTo 85 ‘minutes
- 26MasuakuReplaced byFornalsTo 58 ‘minutes
- 9AntoineReplaced byBowenTo 58 ‘minutes
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Match Ends, KRC Genk 2, West Ham United 2.
Second Half ends, KRC Genk 2, West Ham United 2.
Substitution, KRC Genk. Luca Oyen replaces Joseph Paintsil.
Attempt blocked. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from close range. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.
Foul by Junya Ito (KRC Genk).
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Coin, KRC Genk. Licensed by Declan Rice.
Goal against his own side by Tomas Soucek, West Ham United. KRC Genk 2, West Ham United 2.
Substitution, KRC Genk. Ãngelo Preciado replaces Daniel MuÃ±oz.
Substitution, KRC Genk. IkÃ© Ugbo replaces Kristian Thorstvedt.
Failed attempt. Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Passed by Patrik Hrosovsky with a cross following a set-piece situation.
Substitution, West Ham United. Alex KrÃ¡l replaces Manuel Lanzini.
Foul by Craig Dawson (West Ham United).
free kick wonPaul Onuachu (KRC Genk) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Goal! KRC Genk 1, West Ham United 2. SaÃ¯d Benrahma (West Ham United) left footed shot from a left angle shot from the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.
Failed attempt. Junya Ito (KRC Genk) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Patrik Hrosovsky.
Offside, West Ham United. Jarrod Bowen tries a through ball, but SaÃ¯d Benrahma is caught offside.
Free kick won Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk).
Failed attempt. Craig Dawson (West Ham United) header from close range is close, but misses to the left. Passed by Jarrod Bowen following a corner.