At AEK Larnaca, West Ham claims an easy victory.
After a convincing first-leg victory against AEK Larnaca, West Ham moved closer to the Europa Conference League quarterfinals.
For David Moyes’ team, who have now won all nine of their games in the competition this season, Michail Antonio scored twice in the first half.
At the break, Antonio nearly added a third goal when he drove a low shot against the right-hand post, but it was no more than the Hammers deserved.
The Cypriot hosts gave the visitors some trouble in the beginning, but West Ham gained momentum and took the lead when Antonio, who was unmarked, headed Said Benrahma’s cross from the left side into the right corner.
Before Antonio extended the advantage by receiving a pass on the edge of the box and expertly curling an effort around his defender into the top-right corner, Pablo Fornals, a Premier League player, drove just wide of the left post.
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After making significant adjustments to his starting lineup, Moyes also made a number of replacements in the second half to keep players fresh, with the Hammers’ first priority being remaining in the Premier League.
The adjustments affected their overall game management, but they remained organized enough to contain their tenacious opponents and produce opportunities, with Lucas Paqueta wasting a late chance to increase the score.
Yet, Moyes will have been satisfied with his team’s overall performance after coming close to winning the Europa League last season by reaching the semifinals.
On the basis of this season, it would be impossible to bet against them becoming the first English team to win the trophy. The Scot has made no secret of his desire to win this competition, which would also open up a path back into Europe for the next season.