West Ham continued their excellent begin to the Europa League group marketing campaign with a dominant 3-0 victory over Belgian facet Genk.
The east Londoners went into the match excessive in confidence, having crushed Everton within the Premier League throughout their final outing. And so they went on to make it 9 factors from a doable 9 in Group H because of objectives from Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Jarrod Bowen.
Genk had a aim dominated out within the ninth minute. Japanese winger Junya Ito was despatched down the precise flank by a pleasant via ball. He crossed for West Ham and Tottenham target Paul Onuachu, who in some way didn’t convert from simply yards out. Theo Bongonda then headed in however the flag instantly went up.
West Ham’s first actual effort got here within the twenty first minute. A nook was taken brief, permitting Declan Rice to swing a cross in. Tomas Soucek rose tall on the again submit, just for his header to be palmed away by Genk goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt.
Manuel Lanzini then picked out Ben Johnson on the precise wing, who pulled the ball again for makeshift striker Bowen. The 24-year-old ought to have scored however utterly missed the ball, in an enormous let off for Genk.
The in-form Onuachu virtually put his group in entrance within the thirty seventh minute. A cross got here in from the left and Areola went looking however was crushed to it. Onuachu headed in the direction of aim, just for his effort to land simply broad of the mark.
The Hammers continued to probe earlier than half-time. Aaron Cresswell triggered issues down the left and put in a harmful cross, which Bowen didn’t convert.
West Ham finally broke the impasse in first-half stoppage time. Cresswell whipped in a nook, with centre-back Dawson difficult Onuachu for the header. The ball looped off Dawson’s shoulder, beating Vandevoordt and giving Moyes’ facet the lead.
Cresswell turned supplier once more after the interval. He swung in a free-kick which was met by Issa Diop. The defender headed onto the crossbar and over the road to open his account for the season.
Bowen baggage first Europa League aim
Bowen bought in on the motion only a minute later. Andriy Yarmolenko gained the ball again from the restart, permitting West Ham to interrupt. Bowen obtained the ball and drove into the field earlier than firing a left-footed drive at aim. Vandevoordt bought some contact on it however couldn’t preserve it out.
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Skipper Declan Rice was introduced off within the 67th minute as Moyes began to look forward to the weekend, once they face Tottenham. Mark Noble got here on in midfield, whereas Cresswell was changed by speedster Ryan Fredericks.
Genk didn’t hand over and will have gotten one again with 69 minutes gone. Onuachu headed a cross down into the trail of Kristian Thorstvedt, who ought to have challenged Areola however didn’t get any significant contact.
Onuachu was hauled off and changed by former Chelsea teen Ike Ugbo. The striker met an Ito cross quickly after he got here on however his header went broad below strain from Dawson.
West Ham dampened any Genk assaults late on and held out to realize all three factors. Their subsequent match within the competitors is towards Genk as soon as once more on November 4.