Benrahma scores twice but late Genk equaliser leaves West Ham waiting to qualify

West Ham United's Said Benrahma attempts to get away from KRC Genk's Kristian Thorstvedt and Jhon Lucumi during the UEFA Europa League group H match between KRC Genk and West Ham United at Luminus Arena on November 4, 2021 in Genk, Belgium.

West Ham are on the verge of reaching the Europa League knockout stages after Tomas Soucek's late own goal saw them draw with Genk in David Moyes' 1,000th match as a manager.

Moyes has garnered more than enough experience in his almost 24 years in the dugout to know sentiment counts for nothing and his side had to come from a goal down in Belgium.

Benrahma fired in from Vladimir Coufal's smart pull-back to level after the break and then added a delightful individual effort nine minutes from time to seemingly wrap up a win.

But Soucek inadvertently turned a cross into his own net with three minutes left to mean they will have to wait to confirm qualification.

Patrik Hrosovsky of KRC Genk battles for the ball with Said Benrahma of West Ham United during the Group H - UEFA Europa League match between KRC Genk and West Ham United at the KRC Genk Arena on November 4, 2021 in Genk, Belgium.

The Hammers had paid for a slow start at Cegeka Arena, with Joseph Paintsil darting onto Junya Ito's pass and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola unable to keep out the forward's low strike.

Moyes' side sit top of Group H on 10 points with two games to play and a win for either side in Thursday's late fixture between Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Vienna will see the Hammers through.

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