West Ham United achieved a historic victory in the UEFA Europa League, beating Freiburg 2-1 and extending their unbeaten streak in European competitions to 17 matches, the longest record held by any English team.
Despite the absence of West Ham fans in the Freiburg stadium due to a UEFA ruling, the celebration was swift for viewers at home. In the eighth minute, Lucas Paqueta met Jarrod Bowen’s cross with a powerful header, propelling David Moyes’ team into the lead.
While West Ham dominated the first half, they failed to score more goals, and Freiburg leveled the score through Roland Sallai four minutes after halftime.
However, the Hammers regrouped and regained the lead in the 66th minute when Nayef Aguerd scored a header from James Ward-Prowse’s precise corner kick, securing their second consecutive win and putting them at the top of Group A with six points.
The longest unbeaten run by an English side in European history.— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 5, 2023
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Looking ahead, Moyes’s team aims to maintain their momentum as they face Newcastle United on Sunday, who are riding high after their 4-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold made a triumphant return from injury by captaining Liverpool to a 2-0 victory against Union Saint-Gilloise. Liverpool started strongly, with Mohamed Salah setting up Darwin Nunez, who missed an early opportunity. Nunez later made amends, assisting Alexander-Arnold’s shot that goalkeeper Anthony Moris couldn’t hold, allowing Ryan Gravenberch to score his first goal for the club.
Union Saint-Gilloise, who didn’t lose any of their five away matches in the previous season’s Europa League, came close to leveling the score just before halftime, but Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate cleared the danger when Alisson missed the ball from a cross.
Jurgen Klopp made strategic changes at halftime, bringing on Mac Allister, Curtis Jones, and Luis Diaz in preparation for their upcoming Premier League match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.
Liverpool, with a strong record in Europa League matches at Anfield, had several opportunities to increase their lead before Diogo Jota sealed the victory with a close-range finish in stoppage time, marking his third goal in his last four matches across all competitions.
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