Lucas Paqueta’s winner sealed a 1-0 win for West Ham United against Olympiakos to top the Europa League group A.
Both teams were held 0-0 until the 70th-minute mark, but Paqueta had other ideas. After a beautiful chip cross from James Ward-Prowse, Paqueta smashed his volley into the corner.
At first, the goal was ruled out for offside, but VAR confirmed that the Brazilian was onside and gave the goal.
Moreover, this win has avenged West Ham’s loss to the same opponents in Athens a fortnight ago, which marked the end of an impressive 17-match unbeaten run for David Moyes’ side in Europe.
“It’s good to get back on track. Olympiakos are a seasoned European team and they showed that tonight,” said David Moyes.
“We’re top of the group, we still have two matches to play but I think this is the hardest group we’ve had. Europe has been great for this football club, we’ve had some great nights and long may they continue.
Lucas Paqueta scores winner secures late win for West Ham
West Ham remains above German rivals Freiburg at the head of Group A based on their head-to-head record. Two points from their final two games will be enough to ensure qualification for them.
West Ham could’ve drawn this game as Mady Camara hit the woodwork late on in the game. However, the Greek side did not perform well at the London Stadium.
After a 3-2 loss to Brentford this weekend, Moyes’ side did not look good either. The Hammers could’ve drawn this game 0-0, which could’ve been their first goalless draw since 2021.
Nevertheless, Paqueta’s winner gave them all three points, and they sit at the top of group A.