Backa Topola 0-1 West Ham United: Tomas Soucek scores as Hammers progress to Europa League knockout stages

David Moyes handed a second senior start to 19-year-old striker Divin Mubama (left) but he was ineffective in the lone striker role

Tomas Soucek scored a late winner as West Ham secured their place in the Europa League knockout stage at Serbian side Backa Topola.

It had been a turgid display from David Moyes’ side with only one shot on target until Soueck met Maxwel Cornet’s cross for his fifth goal in his past five games for club and country.

The goal means West Ham have scored in 20 successive European games, winning 18 and losing only once.

It leaves Moyes’ side top of Group A and they only need a point against Freiburg on 14 December to earn top spot, and avoid a play-off in February against a side finishing third in their Champions League group.

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Backa Topola

  1. Squad number12Player nameIlic

  2. Squad number29Player nameCvetkovic

  3. Squad number17Player nameAntonic

  4. Squad number18Player nameStojic

  5. Squad number4Player nameCalusic

  6. Squad number30Player namePetrovic

  7. Squad number35Player nameDakovac

  8. Squad number7Player nameRadin

  9. Squad number21Player nameKuveljic

  10. Squad number9Player nameMilovanovic

  11. Squad number32Player nameCirkovic

  1. Squad number27Player namePantovic

  2. Squad number37Player nameVulic

  3. Squad number77Player nameVlalukin

  4. Squad number88Player nameSós

West Ham United

  1. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  2. Squad number2Player nameJohnson

  3. Squad number15Player nameMavropanos

  4. Squad number27Player nameAguerd

  5. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  6. Squad number7Player nameWard-Prowse

  7. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  8. Squad number10Player nameLucas Paquetá

  9. Squad number8Player nameFornals

  10. Squad number45Player nameMubama

  11. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma

  1. Squad number17Player nameCornet

  2. Squad number18Player nameIngs

  3. Squad number24Player nameKehrer

  4. Squad number33Player nameEmerson


Backa Topola

Formation 5-3-2

  • 12Ilic
  • 29Cvetkovic
  • 17Antonic
  • 18Stojic
  • 4CalusicBooked at 63mins
  • 30PetrovicBooked at 45mins
  • 35Dakovac
  • 7RadinSubstituted forVulicat 76′minutes
  • 21KuveljicSubstituted forVlalukinat 76′minutes
  • 9MilovanovicSubstituted forPantovicat 77′minutes
  • 32CirkovicSubstituted forSósat 86′minutes


  • 1Simic
  • 10Mirchevski
  • 23Jorgic
  • 27Pantovic
  • 37Vulic
  • 44Krstic
  • 77Vlalukin
  • 88Sós
  • 97Rakonjac

West Ham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Fabianski
  • 2JohnsonSubstituted forKehrerat 79′minutes
  • 15Mavropanos
  • 27Aguerd
  • 3CresswellSubstituted forEmersonat 79′minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 7Ward-Prowse
  • 28Soucek
  • 10Lucas Paquetá
  • 8FornalsBooked at 55mins
  • 45MubamaSubstituted forIngsat 67′minutes
  • 22BenrahmaSubstituted forCornetat 67′minutes


  • 4Zouma
  • 17Cornet
  • 18Ings
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 23Areola
  • 24Kehrer
  • 32Coventry
  • 33Emerson
  • 49Anang
  • 51Chesters
  • 57Scarles
  • 61Orford

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