West Ham United narrowly escaped a potential Europa League upset in Serbia as Tomas Soucek netted a late winner, securing a crucial victory against TSC Backa Topola. Despite delivering one of their subpar European performances under manager David Moyes, the Hammers were on the brink of a scoreless outing, a rarity in their last 20 continental matches.
Soucek, coming off a recent stoppage-time winner against Burnley, tapped in an 89th-minute cross, sparing West Ham from embarrassment. Before Soucek’s intervention, the team had slipped to second place in Group A, raising concerns about potential play-offs against a Champions League opponent in February. However, the late goal now positions West Ham to secure direct qualification into the Europa League last 16 by avoiding defeat against Freiburg on December 14.
Moyes, overseeing his 32nd European game in 13 countries for the Irons, acknowledged the lackluster performance, considering it one of the most disappointing showings in their European campaign. Despite making seven changes from their previous victory, including missing key players due to injury and illness, the Hammers relied on Soucek’s goal to maintain their European momentum. The result maintains West Ham’s impressive record of 18 wins in their last 20 European games, showcasing Moyes’ successful tenure with the club.
Here is the highlight video of Backa Topola vs. West Ham, which ended with a 0-1 victory for West Ham.
This season he played in total 12 times for 900 minutes for Premier League.
Tomas Soucek scored 4 goals for West Ham United. He procured one assist. He received 2 yellow cards and no red cards.
West Ham United performance and stats
In the last 13 games, it has won 6 times, drawn twice, and lost 5 times. In its last match, West Ham United won 1-2 against Burnley.
It has a even goal difference after scoring 23 goals and conceding 23.Embed from Getty Images