Hammers through thanks to Benrahma brace

KRC Genk v West Ham United – UEFA Europa League Group H – Cegeka Arena – Report

KRC Genk 2-2 West Ham United

West Ham United remain unbeaten in UEFA Europa League Group H are through to the knockout stages despite being pegged back late on in Belgium.

The East Londoners were forced to share the spoils with Genk at the Cegeka Arena in what was David Moyes 1,000th game as a manager.

The Hammers found themselves behind thanks to Joseph Paintsil’s early strike but hit back to lead through said Benrahma’s brace.

The talented Algerian levelled the score just before the hour after Vladimir Coufal had fashioned an opening and then scored a wonderful solo strike eight minutes from time to turn the tie on its head.

But with time running out, Tomas Soucek turned the ball into his own goal. The result left West Ham with a four-point cushion over Dinamo Zagreb after four group matches.

West Ham United return to Premier League action on Sunday, November 7 when Liverpool visit the London Stadium (4:30pm).

Genk: Vandevoordt, Muñoz (Ugbo 87’), Sadick, Lucumi, Arteaga, Heynen, Thorstvedt (Preciado 87), Paintsil (Oyen 90+4’), Hrošovsky, Ito, Onuach Subs not used: Chambaere (GK), Leysen (GK), McKenzie, Bongonda, Trésor, Eiting

West Ham United: Areola, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Noble (Souček 58’), Rice, Benrahma, Lanzini (Král 85’), Masuaku (Fornals 58), Antonio (Bowen 58’) Subs not used: Fabiański (GK), Randolph (GK), Fredericks, Johnson, Zouma, Ogbonna, Baptiste, Chesters

Referee: Alexander Standev (North Macedonia)

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Brian Jeeves

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