Lucas Paqueta struck the winner for West Ham however solely after the VAR intervened to earn a vital 1-0 victory over Olympiakos within the Europa League.

David Moyes’ aspect want only a level from their final two matches towards Backa Topola and Freiburg to complete a minimum of second in Group A, and 4 to ensure high spot, however they are going to be taking part in in Europe in some capability within the new yr.

West Ham struggled to interrupt down Olympiakos till James Ward-Prowse chipped a exact move over the opposition defence within the 73rd minute which was volleyed dwelling by Pacqueta, who was adjudged to be offside till the VAR stepped in.

The guests ought to have grabbed some extent late on when Mady Camara despatched a close-range header towards a publish from a nook.

How West Ham edged previous Olympiakos

West Ham's Said Benrahma, right, and Olympiacos' Daniel Podence challenge for the ball during the Europa League Group A soccer match between West Ham United and Olympiacos at the London stadium in London, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Mentioned Benrahma had two efforts saved within the first-half

There was a tense environment on the London Stadium with Group A dangling within the steadiness. Mentioned Benrahma tried to spark the sell-out crowd into life with a bending shot in the direction of the highest proper nook that needed to be pushed behind by Alexandros Paschalakis.

West Ham centre-back Nayef Aguerd precipitated issues at three corners, sending two headers vast and one other straight on the goalkeeper.

Benrahma was once more denied by Paschalakis whereas Lukasz Fabianski up the opposite finish was untroubled, solely seeing Daniel Podence’s volley drift off beam.

West Ham's Lucas Paqueta, centre, scores the opening goal past Olympiacos' goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis during the Europa League Group A soccer match between West Ham United and Olympiacos at the London stadium in London, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta volleys within the winner towards Olympiakos within the Europa League

The hosts have been extra affected person on the ball within the second half but created fewer possibilities. West Ham solely noticed Ward-Prowse scuff an effort at objective within the 63rd minute earlier than Paqueta broke the impasse.

Ward-Prowse’s excellent move was met by a candy, first-time volley from Paqueta, whose celebrations have been reduce quick by the offside flag however then sparked once more by the VAR.

West Ham, although, have been let off by Olympiakos late within the recreation when Jackson Porozo flicked on a nook and the unmarked Camara stooped to go the ball towards the left publish.

Moyes: Paqueta objective made up for errors

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David Moyes claims West Ham are managing to impress of their hardest ever European group after beating Olympiakos 1-0 on the London Stadium within the Europa League.

West Ham supervisor David Moyes to TNT Sports activities: “I am actually happy we obtained the end result as a result of that was most essential. We did not play in addition to we might have favored however Olympiakos are an honest crew, a well-seasoned European crew which are used to coming away and being in these competitions – extra so than we’re.

“We made the perfect possibilities, they did not make too many alternatives to attain. It was a bit of bit bushy a few occasions proper on the finish however other than that we managed most of it.

“It was a beautiful ball from James (Ward-Prowse) and likewise the end. We would have two or three possibilities we did not take. We did not have many however in these video games you do not get too many.

“Fortunately, Lucas (Paqueta) got here up with the objective. I am happy with him as properly as a result of there are lots of issues he does that go unnoticed. He did lots of issues tonight that weren’t nearly as good as I might have favored however the objective made up for it.”

‘Ward-Prowse needs to be recognised by Southgate’

Sky Sports activities’ Hayden Mullins: “It was a tricky evening for West Ham. Olympiakos executed their gameplan rather well, made it robust for West Ham, there have been no actual possibilities for them. They could not construct up a head of steam.

“However round 70 minutes they carved out a unbelievable objective. It is an amazing little bit of play. How James Ward-Prowse executes the move is unbelievable. A little bit of backspin after which drops it over the defence in a line on the 18-yard field. He is a extremely good technician.

“How Ward-Prowse does not get recognised extra by Gareth Southgate, it is exhausting on him. Each set-play is all the time on the cash. He goes about his job, so sturdy. Implausible participant.”

Opta Stats: Paqueta delivers in Europe once more

  • West Ham have received every of their final 9 dwelling video games in all European competitions, with the Hammers (9) now overtaking Manchester Metropolis with essentially the most such wins of any English sides in European competitors for the reason that begin of final season (eight).
  • This was Olympiakos’ first defeat in three conferences with English sides in European competitions (W2). The Greek aspect has by no means received three consecutive video games towards such opponents throughout all competitions.
  • Lucas Paqueta has been immediately concerned in seven objectives throughout his final eight appearances in European competitors (4 objectives, three assists), whereas he has netted in every of his final three such video games.
  • James Ward-Prowse notched an help on this recreation – ending a run of six matches with out doing so in all competitions. The West Ham midfielder has supplied seven assists in all competitions this season, with no Premier League participant registering extra.

What’s subsequent?

Sunday twelfth November 1:00pm

Kick off 2:00pm

West Ham’s ultimate fixture earlier than the worldwide break comes on Sunday as they face Nottingham Forest within the Premier League, reside on Sky Sports activities; kick-off 2pm. Their subsequent Europa League fixture is on Thursday November 30 at Backa Topola.

Olympiakos face Asteras Tripolis within the Greek Tremendous League on Sunday; kick-off 6.30pm. Their subsequent Europa League fixture is on Thursday November 30 towards Freiburg.

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