Europa League: West Ham broke a 55-year record, Brighton escaped spectacularly

MG – English teams in the Europa League performed well in last night’s series of matches. Among them, West Ham is the team that left a strong impression.



West Ham marched to the field of German team Freiburg in the second series of group A Europa League matches. In the opening round, both teams won, so this match has important meaning.

Even though they had to be guests, the English team played confidently. Coach David Moyes’s students quickly created a goal advantage after Lucas Paqueta’s goal. Not only sharp in attack, West Ham also proved stubborn in defense, maintaining the advantage until the end of the first half.


Paqueta scores for West Ham


However, “The Hammers” lost their advantage at the beginning of the second half. Winger Roland Sallai scored the equalizer for Freiburg in the 49th minute. But West Ham was not afraid. In the 66th minute, midfielder Nayef Aguerd helped the Premier League representative take the lead again and maintained that advantage until the end of the match.


It is worth mentioning that West Ham won without the support of the English audience in Germany. They are subject to a UEFA ban after an incident in last season’s Conference League final.



With a 2-1 victory at Freiburg, West Ham set a new unbeaten record for English clubs in the European arena with 17 consecutive matches without losing, even winning 16 matches. This achievement of West Ham was achieved on two fronts: last season’s Conference League and this season’s Europa League.

Leeds United’s record of 16 unbeaten matches in the European arena was set in 1968, and was later equaled by Tottenham in 1972. Thus, the old record that existed for 55 years was broken by coach David Moyes and his team. At this time, Man City is also on a 16-match unbeaten streak in the European arena after a 3-1 victory at Leipzig.


In last night’s series, although Brighton did not win, they also impressed in another way. They were led 2-0 by home team Marseille with 2 consecutive goals in the 19th and 20th minutes thanks to Mbemba and Veretout.

It wasn’t until the 54th minute that German midfielder Pascal Gross scored the first goal for the “Seagulls”. And as the match approached the final minutes, it seemed like Brighton would leave France with a defeat, but in the 88th minute, Joao Pedro equalized after an accurate penalty kick.


Brighton escaped spectacularly


However, Brighton is still ranked bottom of Group B with only 1 point after 2 matches. Top team AEK Athens has 4 points, Marseille and Ajax have 2 points. For their part, West Ham leads Group A with 6 points.

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