West Ham United Through Europa League Knockout Stages, But Leicester City Disappointed

West Ham qualified for the Europa League knockout stages despite their goal from Tomas Sousek in a 2-2 draw at Genk on Thursday, but Leicester have work to do after being held 1-1 at home by Spartak Moscow.

Celtic beat Ferencváros 3–2 in Hungary to reach the last 32, while Rangers have it all to play in the final two games after a 1–1 draw to Brndby.

West Ham are on the verge of guaranteeing a top spot in Group H to book their place in the last 16, but Saeed Benrahma needed to score twice in Belgium to maintain their unbeaten record in Europe.

In the 1,000th game of his managerial career, David Moyes took the opportunity to rest several of his key players ahead of Liverpool’s tour of London Stadium on Sunday and paid the price with a slow start as Josef Pentsil opened the scoring for Genk. only four minutes.

The introduction of Sousek, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen after the break helped change the game.

Benrahma scored a brilliant team move before using his individual skills to break free from the Genk defense and fire powerfully at the close post.

However, the spectators dropped points for the first time in the group when Susek’s diving header flew into his own net three minutes ahead of time.

“It is a moment that I will truly remember as the sport will always be remembered for its goal of Tomas Sousek!” Moyes said on his personal milestone.

“But overall I’m thrilled to have reached a thousand games. It’s a huge achievement.”

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Leicester are third in Group C after Jamie Vardy missed a second-half penalty at King Power.

Victor Moses led the Russians before Danielle Amarte leveled off quickly.

Vardy’s spot-kick was saved by Aleksandr Selikhov with 15 minutes to go.

Serie A leaders Napoli are now at the top of the group after beating Legia Warsaw 4-1, with the Poles six points and Leicester five points.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said: “Overall the players played well, created a lot of chances and we missed the penalty.”

“We never had the killer instinct in the box to take the opportunity.”

In Budapest, Celtic closed within one point of Real Betis in Group G thanks to goals from Kygo Furuhashi, Jota and Lil Abada.

Betis were defeated 4–0 by Leverkusen, with Moussa Diaby scoring twice for the Germans.

Leverkusen need just one point in their remaining two games to ensure top spot and a place in the last 16.

Lyon have already reached the last 16 as Sparta went on to win Group A with a 3–0 win over Prague.

Sparta and Rangers are level on four points, but the Czechs have an advantage on a face-to-face record ahead of the meeting between the sides at Ibrox on 25 November.

Iannis Hagi came off the bench to save a point for the Scottish champions in Copenhagen after Leon Balogun trailed from his own goal.

Eintracht Frankfurt are already the third team after a 3–1 win at Olympiakos.

A four-goal thriller between Marseille and Lazio that ended 2–2 left Group E as it was early in the evening as Galatasaray was beaten 1–1 by Lokomotiv Moscow.

The Turkish giants lead the segment on eight points, with Marseille three clear of Lazio one more behind.

Monaco maintained a two-point lead over La Liga leaders Real Sociedad after both games in Group B ended in draws.

Sociedad Sturm could only manage a 1–1 draw at home to Graz, hoping to qualify PSV Eindhoven as they drew 0–0 at the Principality.

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