Tomas Soucek rescues lackluster West Ham with late winner in Europa League clash

West Ham United secured a crucial victory against TSC Backa Topola in Serbia, despite a subpar European performance under manager David Moyes. Tomas Soucek's late goal saved West Ham from embarrassment and secured direct qualification into the Europa League last 16 by avoiding Freiburg. Despite seven changes and missing key players due to injury and illness, the Hammers maintained their European momentum, showcasing Moyes' successful tenure with the club.

Tomas Soucek Rescues Lackluster West Ham With Late Winner In Europa League Clash

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.

Tomas Soucek

Tomáš Souček


Czech RepublicCzech Republic

Age: 29

192 cm

86 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 25 1 Missed
Minutes 1969 78.8 Avg
Goals 5 0.2 Avg
Assist 1 0.0 Avg
Attempt 7 0.3 Avg
Passes 618 24.777.3% AvgSucc
Yellow 3 0.1 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

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.

His team is currently 9th in Premier League. In the last match West Ham United won 1-0 against Bačka Topola.

West Ham United performance and stats

West Ham United

Manager: David Moyes
Rank 8th
Win 11
Draw 6
Loss 9
Goals 40-46
Diff -6
Rank 1st
Win 5
Draw 0
Loss 1
Goals 10-4
Diff 6

West Ham United is currently 9th in the Premier League with 20 points.

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.​

West Ham United will play the next match in Premier League against Crystal Palace on Sunday 3rd of December in London. The prediction is West Ham United winning the match.​

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