Olympiakos 2-1 West Ham: Kostas Fortounis strike and Angelo Ogbonna own goal consign Irons to defeat

26 October 2023 0 By Total Football News
Olympiakos players celebrate taking the lead against West Ham in the Europa LeagueOlympiakos were without a win in their past six home games against English clubs in major European competitions (D2 L4) since beating Manchester United 2-0 in the Champions League in February 2014

West Ham slipped to their first Europa League defeat of the season as they were narrowly beaten at Olympiakos.

Kostas Fortounis surged through the West Ham defence and struck from 25 yards to open the scoring.

Angelo Ogbonna then turned into his own net just before the break to further deflate the Irons.

Lucas Paqueta's brilliant volley in the 87th minute came too late with the Hammers unable to salvage something from the game.

David Moyes' side remain top of Group A despite losing.

Olympiakos started brightly, Sotiris Alexandropoulos' early effort forcing Alphonse Areola to save low down to his left.

The home side were winless in their past 11 Europa League games, their longest run without victory in major European competition, but there was no lack of confidence against West Ham.

The Hammers dominated possession but looked disjointed throughout, with Said Benrahma firing against the side-netting in the early stages.

James Ward-Prowse whipped a promising free-kick wide of the post, while Danny Ings got on the end of a corner but could not keep his header down and it nestled on the roof of the net.

Irons' European unbeaten record ends frustratingly

West Ham became the first English side to go 17 consecutive games in European competition without defeat when they won at Freiburg this month.

However, they looked lacklustre from the start in Greece with seven changes made from the team that lost 4-1 at Aston Villa on Sunday.

"Look, we changed a lot of players tonight, we've got the Premier League coming up and we've got a League Cup game next week and we'd won the first two games in the group, which gave us leeway to make changes tonight," Moyes told whufc.com.

"I don't think anybody could say the team we started with wasn't a good team and wasn't a team capable of winning or performing.

"Many of them have been very good players for us over the years and still are."

Buoyed by a raucous home crowd, Olympiakos were on the front foot from the outset and had two early corners to show their intent.

Poor defending was to blame for both first-half goals, Konstantinos Mavropanos affording Fortounis space, whose brilliant individual effort was struck home from the edge of the box.

Ogbonna then flicked his leg at the ball following a hopeful cross swung in by Rodinei as West Ham conceded two goals in the last 15 minutes of the first half.

Paqueta halved the deficit with a superb left-footed volley into the bottom corner after Michail Antonio's cross was only half cleared, but it was too little, too late as Moyes' side were made to pay for an ineffectual display away from home.

This was just West Ham's second group-stage defeat in nine such matches, and they will look to get back to winning ways when they host Olympiakos on November 9.

Player of the match

Gustavo ScarpaGustavo Scarpa

with an average of 6.96

Olympiakos

  1. Squad number10Player nameGustavo Scarpa

    Average rating

    6.96

  2. Squad number56Player nameDaniel Podence

    Average rating

    6.66

  3. Squad number7Player nameFortounis

    Average rating

    6.58

  4. Squad number15Player nameAlexandropoulos

    Average rating

    6.49

  5. Squad number45Player nameRetsos

    Average rating

    6.37

  6. Squad number3Player nameOrtega

    Average rating

    6.27

  7. Squad number25Player namePorozo

    Average rating

    6.18

  8. Squad number9Player nameEl Kaabi

    Average rating

    6.17

  9. Squad number4Player nameCamara

    Average rating

    6.00

  10. Squad number1Player namePaschalakis

    Average rating

    5.89

  11. Squad number98Player nameSolbakken

    Average rating

    5.83

  12. Squad number23Player nameRodinei

    Average rating

    5.77

  13. Squad number18Player nameQuini

    Average rating

    5.76

  14. Squad number32Player nameHezze

    Average rating

    5.75

  15. Squad number22Player nameJovetic

    Average rating

    5.64

  16. Squad number19Player nameMasouras

    Average rating

    5.62

West Ham United

  1. Squad number7Player nameWard-Prowse

    Average rating

    6.17

  2. Squad number14Player nameKudus

    Average rating

    5.91

  3. Squad number20Player nameBowen

    Average rating

    5.66

  4. Squad number23Player nameAreola

    Average rating

    5.57

  5. Squad number10Player nameLucas Paquetá

    Average rating

    5.50

  6. Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez

    Average rating

    5.33

  7. Squad number33Player nameEmerson

    Average rating

    5.28

  8. Squad number24Player nameKehrer

    Average rating

    5.19

  9. Squad number15Player nameMavropanos

    Average rating

    5.15

  10. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

    Average rating

    5.14

  11. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma

    Average rating

    4.83

  12. Squad number8Player nameFornals

    Average rating

    4.57

  13. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

    Average rating

    4.31

  14. Squad number17Player nameCornet

    Average rating

    4.22

  15. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

    Average rating

    4.20

  16. Squad number18Player nameIngs

    Average rating

    4.10

Line-ups

Olympiakos

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Paschalakis
  • 23de AlmeidaSubstituted forMarín Ruizat 75'minutes
  • 25Porozo
  • 45RetsosBooked at 47mins
  • 3Ortega
  • 32Hezze
  • 4CamaraBooked at 82mins
  • 56PodenceSubstituted forSolbakkenat 85'minutes
  • 15AlexandropoulosBooked at 65minsSubstituted forMasourasat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7FortounisSubstituted forJoveticat 90+5'minutes
  • 9El KaabiSubstituted forFurtado Scarpaat 90+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Furtado Scarpa
  • 11El Arabi
  • 17Vrousai
  • 18Marín Ruiz
  • 19Masouras
  • 20Carvalho
  • 21Biel Mas Jaume
  • 22Jovetic
  • 88Tzolakis
  • 98Solbakken
  • 99Papadoudis

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Areola
  • 24Kehrer
  • 15Mavropanos
  • 21OgbonnaBooked at 88mins
  • 33EmersonBooked at 66mins
  • 28Soucek
  • 7Ward-ProwseSubstituted forÁlvarezat 72'minutes
  • 14KudusSubstituted forCornetat 72'minutes
  • 22BenrahmaSubstituted forBowenat 58'minutes
  • 8FornalsSubstituted forLucas Paquetáat 57'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 18IngsSubstituted forAntonioat 58'minutesBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 2Johnson
  • 3Cresswell
  • 4Zouma
  • 9Antonio
  • 10Lucas Paquetá
  • 17Cornet
  • 19Álvarez
  • 20Bowen
  • 27Aguerd
  • 45Mubama
  • 49Anang
Referee:
Andris Treimanis

Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, Olympiakos 2, West Ham United 1.

Second Half ends, Olympiakos 2, West Ham United 1.


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