Soucek scores as West Ham progress in Europa League

Football News Tomas Soucek has scored seven goals for West Ham this season
NOV 30, 2023 LISTEN
Tomas Soucek has scored seven goals for West Ham this season

Tomas Soucek scored another late winner as West Ham secured their place in the Europa League knockout stage at Serbian side Backa Topola.

It had been a turgid display from David Moyes' side with only one shot on target until Soucek met Maxwel Cornet's cross for his fifth goal in his past five games for club and country.

He has scored in three successive West Ham games for the first time, with each a winning goal, and coming later than the 88th minute.

Soucek's goal means West Ham have scored in 20 successive European games, winning 18 and losing only once.

It leaves Moyes' side top of Group A and they only need a point against Freiburg on 14 December to earn top spot, and avoid a play-off in February against a side finishing third in their Champions League group.

"We're thrilled at West Ham that we're going to play in Europe after Christmas time for the third season," said Moyes.

"Even playing Freiburg in the last game to win the group is hugely important. But I'd have taken this at the start of the season. If you'd said we'll finish second I'd have taken that.

"Freiburg are a good side and we are going to have to play well."