Europa League Round Up: West Ham Through To Knockout Stages, But Leicester City Frustrated

Europa League Round Up: West Ham Through To Knockout Stages, But Leicester City Frustrated

West Ham qualified for the Europa League knockout stages despite Tomas Soucek’s unfortunate own goal costing them victory in a 2-2 draw at Genk on Thursday. But Leicester City have work to do after being held 1-1 at home by Spartak Moscow. Celtic gave their chances of reaching the last 32 a boost by beating Ferencvaros 3-2 in Hungary. While Rangers also have it all to play for in the final two games after coming from behind to draw 1-1 away to Brondby. West Ham are on the brink of guaranteeing the top spot in Group H which will book their place in the last 16, but needed Said Benrahma to score twice in Belgium to preserve their unbeaten record in Europe.

David Moyes decided to rest some key players ahead of his trip to Liverpool on Sunday, but it didn’t really go well from the start as the teams were very lackadaisical and fell behind early in the game. The coach introduced Soucek, Fornals, and Bowen after the break, and immediately the game turned in their favour. Benrahma rounded off a brilliant team move to equalise before using his individual skill to wriggle free of the Genk defence and fire powerfully in at the near post. However, the visitors dropped points for the first time in the group when Soucek’s diving header flew into his own net three minutes from time.

“It’s a moment I’ll really remember because the game will always be remembered for Tomas Soucek’s own goal!” Moyes said on his personal landmark. “But overall I am thrilled to reach a thousand games. It is a great achievement.”

Leicester Pays For Vardy Penalty Miss:

Europa League Round Up: West Ham Through To Knockout Stages, But Leicester City FrustratedLeicester remained third in Group C after Jamie Vardy missed a second-half penalty at the King Power. Victor Moses gave the Russian the lead before Daniel Amartey leveled almost immediately. And with 15 mins left to play, the England international had the chance to put his team in front but he failed to find the back of the net as Aleksandr Selikhov calmly saved the ball. 

Serie A leaders Napoli now top the group after thrashing Legia Warsaw 4-1 to move onto seven points with the Poles on six and Leicester on five. “Overall the players played well, created lots of chances and we missed the penalty,” said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. “We never had the killer instinct in the box to take the opportunities.”

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