West Ham 4-0 Larnaca (6-0 agg): David Moyes’ side put Premier League struggles to one side as they cruise through to Europa Conference League quarter-finals – with 18-year-old Divin Mubama netting
- West Ham made light work of Larnaca as they progressed to the last eight
- Friday’s draw will be watched closely in east London after this latest success
- Divin Mubama was the story of Thursday night as the teen got on the scoresheet
Divin Mubama, 18 years old and one of West Ham’s own, scored his first senior goal for the club as David Moyes’ side made it a perfect 10 in the Europa Conference League.
West Ham did not need Divin intervention to win this tie but they were glad they got it.
Everyone inside the London Stadium enjoyed sharing this moment with Mubama, a young man born and raised in Newham and who is scoring for fun with the Under 18s and Under 21s.
His flicked finish capped a 4-0 victory – 6-0 on aggregate – over Cypriot side Larnaca ahead of Friday’s quarter-final draw.
Moyes said: ‘Divin, with his energy and running, excites every time. And Levi (Laing) and Pottsy (Freddie Potts). Hopefully it inspires the rest of the academy that if you’re good enough, you will get your chance.’
Teenage sensation Devin Mubamu (second from right) was mobbed after his first senior goal
Jarrod Bowen bagged an impressive brace as West Ham cruised to a 6-0 aggregate victory
It was a rare night of enjoyment this season for David Moyes, amid struggles in the league
Gianluca Scamacca started and scored the opener against the 10 men of Larnaca, proving managerial mind games can work.
The £35.5million striker spent this week listening to Moyes criticise his ‘physical data’, but he delivered here.
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
West Ham (4-3-3): Areola 7; Johnson 6, Zouma 7 (Laing 68, 6), Ogbonna 7, Cresswell 7; Lanzini 7, Soucek 7 (Potts 69, 6), Paqueta 7 (Cornet 54, 6); Bowen 8 (Mubama 54, 7.5), Scamacca 7 (Ings 55, 6), Fornals 7
Subs (not used): Hegyi, Anang, Benrahma, Kehrer, Aguerd, Emerson, Rice
Scorers: Scamacca (20), Bowen (47, 49), Mubama (65)
Manager: David Moyes 7
AEK Larnaca: Piric, Casas, Tomovic, Mikel Gonzalez (Christoforou 46), Englezou, Mamas, Gustavo Ledes, Naoum (Faraj 81), Oier Sanjurjo (Pons 66), Jakolis (Altman 66), Nikolic (Rafael Lopes 66).
Subs not used: Trickovski, Stylianidis, Hrvoje Milicevic, Rosales, Andreou, Toumpas.
Sent off: Gustavo Ledes
Referee: Georgi Kabakov 6
As did Jarrod Bowen, who scored twice.
This made it 10 wins from 10 outings in Europe this season and while West Ham may be having a drab season domestically, the bookmakers say this competition is theirs to lose.
‘Hopefully we get a good draw and can make it 12,’ Moyes added.
‘We had some incredible nights this time last year with Seville, Lyon, Eintracht Frankfurt. I’m hoping we can keep the journey going.’
There were swathes of empty seats at the London Stadium, partly because of the latest train strike.
Those who made the effort wanted entertaining and West Ham led after 20 minutes.
Scamacca cut inside Mikel Gonzalez and produced a toe-poke which sneaked under Kenan Piric for 1-0. Not the prettiest strike, but they all count.
Before half time, referee Georgi Kabakov was sent to his pitch-side monitor.
Gustavo Ledes had sunk his studs into Pablo Fornals’ lower leg and VAR decided his yellow needed upgrading to a red. Sportingly, Fornals seemed to stand up for Ledes but he was dismissed, nonetheless.
Manuel Lanzini left the pitch shirtless at half time, an opponent seemingly carrying it under his armpit. Down to 10 men, Larnaca were now here for souvenirs.
In the 47th minute, it was 2-0. Scamacca’s shot was saved, but Bowen sent the rebound through Piric’s legs.
In the 49th, it was 3-0, as Aaron Cresswell’s cross led to a brilliant looping header from Bowen, who is now West Ham’s all-time European goalscorer.
Mubama was introduced by Moyes. Earlier in the season, the teenager thought he had scored in this competition in Bucharest, only for it to cruelly go down as an own goal.
‘They can’t take this one away from me!’ Mubama said after last night’s win.
Indeed they cannot. In the 65th minute, he flicked in Tomas Soucek’s header to cap a goal-laden night for West Ham.
Mubamu was overjoyed when he bagged inside the London Stadium against AEK Larnaca
The 18-year-old did well to find the bottom corner with the Larnaca defence losing track of him
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