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West Ham qualify for knockout stage

West Ham qualify for knockout stage

West Ham qualify for knockout stage

West Ham qualify for knockout stage

West Ham are into the Europa League knockout stages despite a late Tomas Soucek own goal

that saw them draw with Genk in David Moyes’ 1,000th match as a manager.

Moyes has garnered more than enough experience in his almost 24 years in the dugout to know sentiment counts

for nothing and his side had to come from a goal down in Belgium.

The Hammers had paid for a slow start at Cegeka Arena, with Joseph Paintsil darting onto Junya Ito’s pass and goalkeeper
Alphonse Areola unable to keep out the forward’s low strike.

Benrahma fired in from Vladimir Coufal’s smart pull-back to level after the break and then added a delightful individual effort

eight minutes from time to seemingly wrap up a win.

But Soucek inadvertently turned a cross into his own net with three minutes left.

Moyes’ side have 10 points from four games  six clear of Genk with two games left  and look set to go through as Group H winners.

That would guarantee them a last-16 spot rather than, as group runners-up, having to go into a play-off with a third-placed team

from the Champions League.

Dinamo Zagreb’s 3-1 win over Rapid Vienna left the Croatian side second, four points behind West Ham.

“I look at it that we’ve qualified, and the other part of it is we’re still new to this,” said Moyes.

“We are 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 was aiming to take West Ham into the last 16 of 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 eventual champions Dinamo Tbilisi.