Anderlecht 0-1 West Ham: Gianluca Scamacca nets winner in Europa Conference League

Gianluca Scamacca came off the bench to score the only goal as West Ham edged closer to qualifying for the Europa Conference League qualifiers with a well-deserved 1-0 win over Anderlecht.

The much-altered visitors – manager David Moyes made nine changes in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Wolves – dominated the group B clash at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, only with a poor finish to leave the game goalless close to 10 final minutes.

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However, Moyes was rewarded by a treble offensive substitution with 20 minutes remaining, with two of those substitutions combining for the winner as Lucas Paqueta set up Scamacca to score his fifth goal for his new team.


As a result, West Ham took three wins out of three in the group and are now close to playing in Europe after Christmas.

Player ratings

West Ham: Areola (8), Coufal (7), Dawson (8), Ogbonna (8), Johnson (7), Lanzini (6), Downes (7), Emerson Palmieri (6), Bowen (9), Antonio (7) , Benrahma (7)

Subs: Scamacca (8), Fornals (7), Lucas Paquetá (8), Rice (7)

Man of the game: Jarrod Bowen

How West Ham maintained their winning streak in Europe

Despite making nine massive changes from their weekend win over Wolves, West Ham still commanded the first exchanges in Brussels and should have come out ahead at half-time.

However, Said Benrahma has clearly left his boots at home, with the Algerian ace wasting several golden chances, none more so than when he shot through a wide-open goal after being cut by Jarrod Bowen five minutes before half-time.

The second period was hotly contested, but the game turned into a triple substitution made by Moyes with 20 minutes remaining as the West Ham manager introduced the likes of captain Declan Rice, as well as recent signings Paqueta and Scamacca up front.

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West Ham made nine changes for the Europa Conference League clash at Anderlecht. Only Craig Dawson and Jarrod Bowen remained in the team that defeated Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday.

Declan Rice rested despite insisting he wanted to play every game, having played in 68 games between June 2021 and June 2022.

And the pair took less than 10 minutes to come together for the winning goal, when the Brazilian’s clever shot launched Scamacca into the net and, from a tight angle, the Italian hit the bottom left corner of the net with precision.

But the visitors owe the victory to a sensational reflex save by number 2 Alphonse Areola, who somehow managed to stop Fabio Silva’s close-range header in the 84th minute, when it seemed certain that the loaned Wolves forward would tie the game.

Thanks to that late stop, the Hammers now need just four points from their last three group stage games to secure a place in the qualifiers next spring, as Moyes and company look to better than their appearance in the Europa League semi-finals. last season.

Moyes: West Ham showing signs of return to form

West Ham manager David Moyes:

“We want to try to move forward – I think players are starting to show signs of getting back in shape,” he said.

“We started to score one or two goals. I think we should score more, but not conceding and the team winning is always good.

“Anderlecht hadn’t conceded any goals in the group stage before, so it would always be tight.

“We missed a lot of scoring opportunities and made things a little scary for ourselves, but overall I thought we deserved to win.

“I don’t think I see anyone winning by big margins in this competition. Football across Europe is very competitive and it was another tough game tonight.”

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Analysis by Richard Morgan of Sky Sports:

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Gianluca Scamacca has scored five goals so far this season in all competitions for West Ham

When substitutes Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta deftly teamed up for West Ham’s late goal against Anderlecht, it gave a real glimpse of what the duo could offer David Moyes’s team in attack this season.

The Europa Conference League clash with the top two of Group B was well balanced when David Moyes decided to roll the dice and make a triple change with just 20 minutes left at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

The Hammers’ coach introduced Scamacca and Paquetá in a show of real strength from the bench and soon they combined perfectly on the edge of the Anderlecht area to maintain the 100 percent visitors record in the competition.

Scamacca still had work to do to find the far corner of the net after a good skill from his Brazilian teammate created the opening, but he did so unerringly for his fifth goal for the club since joining Sassuolo for £35.5 million in July.

And expect the Italian international and Paquetá, who arrived from Lyon for £51m the following month, to start at home against Fulham on Sunday.

What is the next?

West Ham return to Premier League action on Sunday when they receive Fulhamstarting at 2pm.

The Hammers will then play their match back against Anderlecht at London Stadium on Thursday, starting at 8pm.

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