West Ham defeated Anderlecht 1-0 in their Europa Conference League Group B match; Gianluca Scamacca came off the bench to secure the victory for the Hammers, who remain atop the division after winning all three games.
Anderlecht vs West Ham Heighlights
West Ham earned a well-deserved 1-0 victory against Anderlecht to go one step closer to advancing to the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League. Gianluca Scamacca, who came off the bench, scored the game’s lone goal.
The heavily altered visitors—manager David Moyes made nine substitutions from Saturday’s 2-0 victory against Wolves at home—dominated the group B match at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, but some sluggish goal-scoring allowed the game to remain scoreless as the last ten minutes approached.
However, Moyes was rewarded with an offensive triple substitution with 20 minutes remaining, with two of those subs combining for the victory as Lucas Paqueta set up Scamacca for his fifth goal for his new club.
As a consequence, West Ham made it three victories out of three in the group and are currently within striking distance of playing in Europe after Christmas.
How West Ham maintained its winning run in Europe
Despite making nine changes from the weekend triumph over Wolves, West Ham dominated the opening exchanges in Brussels and could have led at the interval.
Said Benrahma, on the other hand, had definitely left his shooting boots at home, as the Algerian playmaker missed a series of golden opportunities, none more so than when he blasted over a gaping goal after being picked out by Jarrod Bowen’s cutback five minutes before half-time.
The game turned on a triple change made by Moyes with 20 minutes remaining when the West Ham manager substituted captain Declan Rice, as well as recent new recruits Paqueta and Scamacca in the attack.
The Brazilian international’s deft pass set up Scamacca on goal, and the Italian’s tight-angle shot from inside the box reached the bottom left corner of the net with pinpoint accuracy in less than 10 minutes.
Alphonse Areola, playing at No. 2, made a fantastic reaction stop to deny Fabio Silva’s close-range header in the 84th minute, just when it appeared the on-loan Wolves striker would tie the score.
Hammers super subs offer a glimpse of an exciting future
Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta’s deft combination for West Ham’s late victory over Anderlecht provided a clear indication of what the pair may provide David Moyes’ squad with offensively this year.
With only 20 minutes left in the Europa Conference League match between the top two in group B, David Moyes took a chance and made a triple substitution at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
Scamacca and Paqueta were brought by the Hammers manager as a display of true power off the bench, and soon after, they had combined skillfully on the edge of the Anderlecht box to keep the visitors’ winning streak in the tournament intact.
After his Brazilian teammate’s excellent play had created the opportunity, Scamacca still had work to do to hit the far corner of the net, but he did it with accuracy for his fifth goal for the club since his £35.5 million transfer from Sassuolo in July.
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And anticipate Paqueta, who joined from Lyon for £51 million the following month, and the Italy international to start Sunday’s match against Fulham at home.