Catch the full match replay and highlights of the thrilling showdown between West Ham United and Freiburg. The electrifying action kicks off at 20:00 (GMT) on the 14th of December 2023. The match will be officiated by the esteemed referee, João Pedro Pinheiro, and will take place at the iconic London Stadium. Don’t miss this epic clash in the Europe – UEFA Europa League, Group A, Season 2023/2024. Experience all the drama, excitement, and unforgettable moments from this monumental encounter.
West Ham United vs Freiburg Full Match Reports
West Ham United emerged triumphant in Group A of the UEFA Europa League (UEL) with a commanding 2-0 victory over Freiburg, notching their 13th win in 16 home games in European competitions.
Eager to rebound from their 5-0 defeat away to Fulham, West Ham sought physical recovery after a bout of sickness swept through the squad before the weekend’s loss. While only a point was needed to secure top spot, the Hammers displayed a clear intent to win, coming close within five minutes as Lucas Paquetá’s rocket effort struck the crossbar.
Freiburg, in their first competitive match in England, overlooked this warning, and West Ham continued to assert dominance. Just before the quarter-hour mark, Edson Álvarez found Mohammed Kudus, who calmly slotted past Noah Atubolu. The home side maintained control and extended their lead before halftime, with Álvarez orchestrating a one-two with Bowen, advancing into the box, and finishing clinically.
Although Freiburg struggled to make an impact in the first half, Christian Streich’s halftime talk inspired a more spirited and competitive performance in the second. Despite increased positivity from Freiburg, David Moyes’ players displayed defensive maturity, thwarting their opponents. When tested, Łukasz Fabiański made a crucial save to deny Ritsu Doan, securing a comfortable victory for the Hammers.
This win propels West Ham into the last-16 of the competition, while Freiburg will face teams dropping from the UEFA Champions League in a playoff in February.
Man of the Match: Edson Álvarez (West Ham United).