West Ham United vs Olympiacos Piraeus

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Witness the complete replay and highlights of the West Ham United vs Olympiacos Piraeus match.
The game gets underway at 20:00 (GMT) on the 9th of November, 2023.
The referee officiating the match is M. Jug.
The competition takes place at the London Stadium.
This is a fixture in the Europe – UEFA Europa League, Group A, Season 2023/2024.

West Ham United vs Olympiacos Piraeus Full Match Reports

West Ham United put on a scintillating display at the London Stadium, clinching their 12th home victory in 15 European encounters (D1, L2) with a resounding triumph over Olympiacos in the UEFA Europa League (UEL).

Diego Martinez’s team had emerged triumphant in their previous European fixture, ending West Ham’s remarkable unbeaten streak of 17 matches (W16, D1) with a 2-1 win. Eager to exact revenge, the Hammers heavily relied on the set-piece prowess of James Ward-Prowse to create opportunities in the first half. Corner kicks proved to be their primary avenue towards goal, with Nayef Aguerd connecting with three separate deliveries, but failing to trouble Alexandros Paschalakis. Lucas Paqueta showcased his liveliness throughout the opening period, while Benrahma came close twice from open play. However, at halftime, the game remained deadlocked, leaving both sides searching for a breakthrough.

In every other UEL Group A fixture, both teams found the net, and West Ham had scored in 15 of their previous 16 matches, making the extended goalless affair beyond the hour mark less expected. Clear-cut chances were scarce as frustrations grew among the home fans, with Ward-Prowse failing to test Paschalakis with an underwhelming shot. Olympiacos, apart from a wayward half-volley from Daniel Podence, offered little in attack and found themselves firmly on the defensive as West Ham intensified their pressure in search of a decisive moment.

Just when it appeared that Olympiacos would secure their eighth draw in ten European away matches, a moment of brilliance unfolded. Paqueta clinically finished off a perfectly weighted pass from Ward-Prowse on the volley. Initially flagged offside, VAR intervened and granted the goal. The reigning UEFA Europa Conference League champions survived a late scare as Mady Camara’s headed effort struck the post, ultimately securing all three points and establishing a five-point lead over Olympiacos in Group A. Thrylos now face a daunting task to progress further in Europe’s second-tier competition, especially due to Freiburg’s convincing win over TSC Backa Topola.

Lucas Paqueta’s outstanding performance earned him the well-deserved Man of the Match accolade for his instrumental role in West Ham United’s victory.