West Ham vs Genk LIVE: Europa League result, final score and reaction tonight

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Jarrod Bowen celebrates scoring West Ham’s third goal against Genk (Getty Images)
Jarrod Bowen celebrates scoring West Ham’s third goal against Genk (Getty Images)

West Ham continued their European cruise with a thumping 3-0 win over Belgian side Genk.

Goals from Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Jarrod Bowen made it three wins out of three for the Hammers in their maiden Europa League group campaign and kept them firmly on course for the knockout stages.

West Ham are already six points clear at the top of Group H and could even secure qualification as group winners in their next match, in Genk in a fortnight, with two games to spare.

Unlike Sunday’s opponents Tottenham, who left their entire starting XI at home for their unsuccessful continental trip to Vitesse Arnhem, Hammers boss David Moyes kept the likes of Bowen, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Aaron Cresswell in his line-up.

Moyes is clearly eager to secure qualification as quickly as possible, although he took no risks with striker Michail Antonio, having rested him completely ahead of the London derby.

Antonio’s absence as the focal point of West Ham’s attack was felt in a disjointed first half against the Belgian Cup holders.

The hosts were given an early fright when Genk had the ball in the net after Theo Bongonda converted a cross from Junya Ito, but the latter was offside.

Soucek had needed plastic surgery on some horrific facial injuries earlier in the week, having been caught by a stray boot against Everton on Sunday.

But that did not stop the Czech international getting his head to a Rice cross for West Ham’s best chance of the opening stages, with Genk goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt making a diving save.

With the Hammers settling down, Bowen missed a golden opportunity on the half hour when he kicked at thin air in front of goal from Ben Johnson’s inviting low cross, and Dawson headed over from a corner.

Yet West Ham had another lucky escape when goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was beaten to a cross by Genk’s towering striker Paul Onuachu, whose header looped just wide.

Bowen failed to get on the end of another low cross, this time from Cresswell, before West Ham broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time.

Cresswell swung in a corner and centre-half Dawson rose highest to steer the ball home off his shoulder.

West Ham have become set-piece specialists under Moyes and they were at it again at the start of the second half, Dawson’s defensive partner Diop heading home at the near post from Cresswell’s free-kick.

Moments later the hosts stole possession near the halfway line and Bowen galloped forward before firing home a fine solo goal to wrap up the victory.

West Ham vs Genk

  • Bowen scores fabulous solo goal

  • Diop header doubles lead

  • Dawson heads West Ham into lead

  • West Ham: Aréola; Johnson, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Lanzini, Vlasic; Yarmolenko

  • Genk: Vandevoordt; Arteaga, Cuesta, Lucumí, Preciado; Heynen, Hrosovsky, Thorstvedt; Ito, Bongonda; Onuachu

West Ham United FC 3 - 0 KRC Genk

Jarrod Bowen shines as West Ham dispatch Genk to extend Europa League party

22:20 , Michael Jones

While West Ham’s last Europa League home game felt like a full-blown festival, Thursday evening’s fixture looked set to be the house party on a night when the best people had made other plans.

Of course, there was the keen group gathered in the corner – on this occasion, Genk’s travelling supporters – undeterred by the outdated playlist and underwhelming snack choice, but the most engaging attendees had stayed home. That was, until they walked in the door just in time to inject life into the party and rescue the evening.

For just minutes before West Ham’s group-stage hosting of Belgian side Genk, the London Stadium filled out, showing that fans of the east London club are rightly refusing to take their presence in Europe for granted.

Nor are West Ham’s players, who evidenced that fact here with an impressive 3-0 win to retain top spot in Group H.

Jarrod Bowen shines as West Ham dispatch Genk to extend Europa League party

Jarrod Bowen’s reaction

22:17 , Michael Jones

Jarrod Bowen spoke to BT Sport after the game to talk about his goal, playing through the middle and his journey to European football via non-league. He said:

It’s good. I should have had one in the first half. Even the one I scored I probably didn’t finish it right but I said before the game I bet I’ll score when I scuff it! But if you don’t shoot you don’t score. I’m buzzing with my first Europa League goal.

“Up front I feel like you can run in behind and play in both sides. You can go down the left and the right or drop off.

“I feel like I’m improving in that position. Being a target man is not my game at all but I think wherever I just love playing.

“It means everything, looking back and playing non-league... I remember scoring my first goal for Alfreton at 16/17. Now to score in the Europa League is a dream. I’m loving every minute.”

West Ham stay perfect in Europa League with comfortable victory over Genk

22:14 , Michael Jones

West Ham continued their European cruise with a thumping 3-0 win over Belgian side Genk.

Goals from Craig Dawson Issa Diop and Jarrod Bowen made it three wins out of three for the Hammers in their maiden Europa League group campaign and kept them firmly on course for the knockout stages.

West Ham are already six points clear at the top of Group H and could even secure qualification as group winners in their next match, in Genk in a fortnight, with two games to spare.

West Ham stay perfect in Europa League with comfortable victory over Genk

Reaction from Ben Johnson

22:06 , Michael Jones

Ben Johnson spoke to BT Sport after the match to give his reaction to West Ham’s impressive win. He said:

It’s a great feeling. We work tirelessly as a back four and do a lot of drills in training. It’s second nature now really. We are compact and we work as a back four. You can get drawn out but we keep our heads and respect teams. We were solid, strong and we’re looking good so far.

“I think we have three tough games left. We know what we’re up against so we’ll keep battling on.

“When you’re out of the team you have to be ready for these opportunities. You only get a day or so to prepare your head. I feel great and good that I’m back in the team. I’m enjoying my football.

“The [fans] see that there’s a good team this season and one that with give 100% always, but we will keep imrpving and keep enjoying these games. We’re not used to this so we will relish the opportunities we get.”

West Ham United vs Genk: Five things we learned as Hammers cruise in Europa League

22:05 , Michael Jones

West Ham United secured a very comfortable victory over Genk at the London Stadium to strengthen their grip on the top of Group H in the UEFA Europa League.

Here’s what we learned from a very impressive performance and 3-0 victory:

Five things we learned as West Ham cruise to Europa League win

Hammers yet to concede

21:58 , Michael Jones

West Ham are only the second English side to win each of their first three group games in a single Europa League campaign without conceding, after Spurs in 2013-14.

The last team from any nation to do so won the competition, Sevilla in 2019-20. A sign of things to come?

Cresswell on top form

21:55 , Michael Jones

Aaron Cresswell had a great game for West Ham. He was a constant threat down the left side and provided two assists from set pieces.

Full-time: West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:50 , Michael Jones

90+2 mins: Job done for West Ham. Two goals in two minutes in the second half killed the game off and made the Hammers’ lead unassailable.

They’ve won every game so far in the Europa League and have yet to concede a goal. It’s a good confidence builder for David Moyes’ team ahead of a clash with Tottenham at the weekend.

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:48 , Michael Jones

90 mins: Two minutes of added time to play.

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:48 , Michael Jones

88 mins: Now here’s a moment. Manuel Lanzini is replaced with 19-year-old Daniel Chesters an academy graduate for West Ham who makes his European debut for the club.

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:46 , Michael Jones

86 mins: Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals are on for West Ham. Bowen and Vlasic are the men that have gone off.

Preciado slots and pass into the right side of the box where Oyen collects the ball and cuts it back to Ugbo. He shoots but fires the effort wide of goal. It’s just not happening for Genk.

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:42 , Michael Jones

83 mins: West Ham are cruising to their third win of the campaign. They’ll move sixe points clear at the top of the table and be within one win of qualifying for the knockout stages.

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:40 , Michael Jones

80 mins: West Ham get the best period on the ball since David Moyes made his changes. They work the ball into the final third and try to find a way into the box from the left. Bowen and Fredericks link up to play it wide but Bowen is tackled by Hrosovsky and Genk clear the danger.

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:36 , Michael Jones

77 mins: Good defending! Genk deserve a goal. They work it beautifully into the left side of the box before cutting the ball back to Ito who turns on the spin only for Diop to solidly block it.

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:34 , Michael Jones

74 mins: Nearly! Ito curls a decent cross into the six-yard box where substitute Ike Ugbo flings himself at the ball and wins the header. He’s almost horizontal when he meets the cross and can’t direct it properly meaning his effort goes wide of the near post.

West Ham have just taken their foot off the gas.

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:30 , Michael Jones

71 mins: Chance! Ito chips the ball into the box where Onuachu nods it down for Thorstvedt who’s he’s unmarked in the box. He’s got a grwat chance to get one back for Genk but he scuffs his shot and it goes wide of the post.

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:25 , Michael Jones

68 mins: David Moyes makes a double change for West Ham. Aaron Cresswell and Declan Rice, arguably West Ham’s best two players tonight, are both off and get replaced with Ryan Fredericks and Mark Noble.

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:24 , Michael Jones

65 mins: Arteaga swings a cross into the box from the left but can’t find a teammate. Ito does a good recovery job to keep the ball in play but he’s forced to pass it backwards by Cresswell. Genk play the ball inside and give it to Thorsvedt. He shoots from range and hoofs the ball over the goal.

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk

21:20 , Michael Jones

62 mins: The wheels have come off for Genk. The second goal was always going to be the crucial one and so it has proved. West Ham are fizzing the ball around now. Cresswell sends it up to Lanzini who knocks it across to Bowen. Bowen slides a through ball into the area but Lanzini is beaten to it by the goalkeeper.

GOAL! West Ham 3 - 0 Genk (Bowen, 58’)⚽️

21:17 , Michael Jones

58 mins: It’s all over now! Bongonda gives the ball away to Bowen who plays a one-two with Lanzini to get past the Genk midfield. He drives down the right side channel, runs into the box, shimmies to the left and then hits his shot at goal. Vandevoordt gets a big hand to the shot and should do better but the ball squeezes underneath him and finishes in the back of the net.

GOAL! West Ham 2 - 0 Genk (Diop, 57’)⚽️

21:15 , Michael Jones

57 mins: That should be that! Genk give away a silly free kick over on the left wing. Cresswell, who’s had a brilliant night for West Ham, curls the set piece into the middle of the box. Issa Diop jumps in front of Onuachu, wins the header and fires the ball onto the underside of the crossbar where it bounces over the line! West Ham double their lead!

West Ham 1 - 0 Genk

21:13 , Michael Jones

54 mins: West Ham deal with Genk’s corner, fly up the pitch and win one of their own.

Cresswell delivers but the substitute Sadick is there to glance the initial cross over to the far side of the box. Dawson collects the ball and cuts it back to Yarmolenko who checks to the left and fires a shot high and wide.

West Ham 1 - 0 Genk

21:11 , Michael Jones

51 mins: Just like the first half Genk have started on the front foot. They’re retaining possession well and pushing into the final third. A wayward cross goes over the head of Onuachu and is recovered by Ito who then wins a corner by knocking the ball into Cresswell.

West Ham 1 - 0 Genk

21:08 , Michael Jones

48 mins: Genk work the ball into a nice over on the right wing with Ito, Preciado and Thorstvedt combining to slip the ball up the pitch. the visitors get men into the box but don’t send in a cross and West Ham’s defenders come across to force them to retreat.

Second half: West Ham 1 - 0 Genk

21:04 , Michael Jones

Kick off: Genk make an enforced change at half-time and bring on Mujaid Sadick to replace Carlos Cuesta in central defence. West Ham restart the game at the London Stadium.

West Ham 1 - 0 Genk

21:02 , Michael Jones

Craig Dawson’s header separates the two teams after the first half. Can West Ham build on that to earn their third win of the campaign?

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West Ham 1 - 0 Genk

20:57 , Michael Jones

As it stands West Ham are going to take a sxi point lead at the top of Group H with three games to play. Genk started the first half as the stronger team but West Ham’s control in the middle of the pitch took the initiative away from the Belgian side and allowed the Hammers to work the ball into the wide areas.

West Ham’s biggest problem is not getting men into the box, they’ve put a lot of balls into the area but have no-one in there to get close to them.

Half-time: West Ham 1 - 0 Genk

20:50 , Michael Jones

45+2 mins: It wasn’t the most electrifying first half we’ve seen in the Europa League this season but West Ham kept on probing Genk’s defences and finally found the breakthrough right at the end of the first half.

The next goal could be vital, if the Hammers score again they’ll cruise to victory but if Genk find an equaliser if could turn into a nervous second half for West Ham.

GOAL! West Ham 1 - 0 Genk (Dawson, 45+1’)⚽️

20:48 , Michael Jones

45+1 mins: Killer blow for Genk on the stroke of half-time. Dawson meets a corner ball from Cresswell and loops a header into the far top corner. Great set piece from the Hammers who have the lead!

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:47 , Michael Jones

45 mins: Chance! Yarmolenko passes the ball to Vlasic who sends it out to Cresswell on the left side once again. His ball into the six-yard box is low and pacey but there’s only Bowen up to reach. He stretches but the ball hits Lucumi and Vandevoordt has to dive low to keep out the deflection.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:45 , Michael Jones

42 mins: Bongonda’s just come alive over the last few minutes or so. He does a nice little flick to get the ball around Soucek before he sprints down the line. He passes it back to Arteaga whose cross isn’t great and comes straight to Cresswell for West Ham.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:40 , Michael Jones

39 mins: Close! Cresswell is sent down the left side of the box once again and floats a cross to the back post. Soucek arrives to win the header but Arteaga does just enough to put him off and the ball skims off the top of his head and comes out to Bongonda.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:39 , Michael Jones

36 mins: Bongonda shifts the ball over to the left of the box and wins a corner when Rice puts his low cross behind. Genk play it short to Arteaga who curls one into the middle of the box. Areola comes out to claim it but get nowhere near the ball as Onuachu leaps to win the header. He loops it goalwards but the effort drops agonisingly wide of the left-hand post!

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:35 , Michael Jones

33 mins: Genk have been defensively solid so far but are finding it tough to transition into attack. Ito has been their main ball carrier over on the right wing but he doesn’t have many options coming forward with him and inevitably West Ham recover possession.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:32 , Michael Jones

30 mins: West Ham are starting to turn it on. Cresswell’s getting into a lot of space over on the left side and just needs bodies in the box to meet his crosses.

The Hammers win a corner that Bowen sends into the box. Lucumi gets a glancing head to the ball but it reaches Dawson who heads it over the bar.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:27 , Michael Jones

27 mins: Chance! Big chance for West Ham to take the lead as Lanzini slides the ball into the right side of the box to match Johnson’s overlapping run. Johnson cuts the ball back from the byline and puts it on a plate for Bowen on the edge of the six-yard box. He shoots but misses the ball! It bounces off his standing leg and falls to Cresswell who belts it wide of goal.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:24 , Michael Jones

24 mins: Preciado got clattered by Soucek as he won the aerial ball and stayed down. He gets a check over from the medics but is fine to play on.

Onuachu tries to get the better of Diop as the ball comes up the pitch but the defender holds him off and wins a free kick.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:22 , Michael Jones

21 mins: Chance! Bowen knocks a corner kick short to Rice who sets himself and curls a cross over to the back post. Soucek wins the header and fires it towards the near bottom corner but Vandevoordt leaps across to palm the ball away. Good save!

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:20 , Michael Jones

18 mins: West Ham look like they’re missing the focal point that Michail Antonio provides when he leads the line. Their attacking play tonight seems to involve sharp, cutting passes into the box or relying on the wide men making runs past defenders. It’s not quite working so far tonight.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:15 , Michael Jones

15 mins: Maarten Vandevoordt punts a long ball straight down the middle as Bongonda flies across from the right. Areola spots the developing danger and storms out of his box to get to the ball first. He does but gets cleaned out by Genk forward as West Ham clear their lines.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:13 , Michael Jones

13 mins: Cresswell wins a corner for West Ham. The left-back curls the ball into the box himself but Onuachu rises above everyone to head it clear.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:11 , Michael Jones

10 mins: Genk score! Ito is played in behind down the right. He collects the pass and drives into the right side of the box before squaring it across to Paul Onuachu. He messes up his attempted shot but the ball loops into the air and Theo Bongonda dives at the loose ball to head it into the back of the net.

The Genk players set off in celebration but the offside flag is up and a VAR replay shows Ito was marginally offside in the build-up. The goal gets chalked off.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:09 , Michael Jones

9 mins: Tomas Soucek sends a diagonal ball out to Ben Johnson who gets forward down the right side. He attempts to volley a short pass into the box for Andriy Yarmolenko but gets it all wrong and kicks the ball straight out of play. Yarmolenko applauds the idea though.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:07 , Michael Jones

6 mins: A long throw down the right side almost plays Kristian Thorstvedt into the box as he sneaks behind Aaron Cresswell. Issa Diop comes across to win the ball though and punts it out of play. No nonsense defending.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:03 , Michael Jones

3 mins: Jarrod Bowen carries the ball down the right side for West Ham is is clumsily taken out by Jhon Lucumi. Bowen himself swings the free kick into the area and finds Rice who can’t quite bring it under control and Genk manage to boot the ball clear.

West Ham 0 - 0 Genk

20:01 , Michael Jones

Kick off: Both teams take the knee before Genk kick off the match. They work the ball down the right wing and boot it up to Junya Ito who strays offside as the pass comes over the top.

West Ham vs Genk

19:57 , Michael Jones

Here come the teams. Declan Rice leads out West Ham at the London Stadium. The Hammers are top of Group H after two 2-0 wins over Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Wien.

If they win tonight they’ll go six points clear at the top.

Moyes on Genk

19:50 , Michael Jones

More from David Moyes who is expecting a difficult game tonight against the Belgian side. He spoke to BT Sport before kick off saying:

It’s a tough game but I’m confident if we do well, we can get a result. We want to continue the momentum with the way we’ve been playing in this competition and also in the Premier League.”

Moyes on West Ham’s Europa campaign

19:48 , Michael Jones

West Ham have won their opening two games of the Europa League this season and are hoping to make it three from three. Manager David Moyes has named a strong side as he aims to reach the knockout stages by qualifying from top of the group. He said:

I’m really enjoying it. We’re a really happy club at the moment. Everyone’s enjoying the league games and Europe and I have to say I’m really enjoying the European experience.

"I want the players to go far in it. It would be great if we could top the group, but trying to make sure that we go through would be the main aim at the moment."

West Ham vs Genk

19:45 , Michael Jones

Reaction from Arnhem to come but the focus moves over to the London Stadium where West Ham prepare to host Genk.

Here’s a reminder of the teams:

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Johnson, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Vlasic, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Bowen.

Genk XI: Vandevoordt, Preciado, Cuesta, Lucumi, Arteaga, Heynen, Hrosovsky, Bongonda, Ito, Onuachu.

Group G standings

19:43 , Michael Jones

That defeat drops Spurs down to third in Group G after Rennes defeated Mura 2-1. The French side are first with seven points, Vitesse have six and Tottenham three.

There’s still three games to go in the group stages so Spurs have time to pull it back but they’ll need to play a whole lot better than they did tonight.

Full-time: Vitesse 1 - 0 Tottenham

19:36 , Michael Jones

90+4 mins: There goes the final whistle. Vitesse beat Tottenham in the Europa Conference League. The Vitesse fans go wild in the GelreDome. This is the first time this team has beaten an English opponent.

Vitesse 1 - 0 Tottenham

19:35 , Michael Jones

90+2 mins: Dele Alli flicks a ball into the area for Markanday but Schubert gets to the ball first, grabs hold and falls on top of it. He ekes out a few vital seconds for Vitesse as they look to hold on to this lead.

Vitesse 1 - 0 Tottenham

19:32 , Michael Jones

90 mins: Four minutes of added time to play. It’s not going to be enough for Tottenham. They could play an extra 45 minutes and I don’t think they’d score an equaliser. It’s been a poor performance from Nuno’s men this evening.

Vitesse 1 - 0 Tottenham

19:29 , Michael Jones

87 mins: Vitesse’s hero Maximilian Wittek gets a standing ovation as he’s replaced with Tomas Hajek. Wittek has four goals in European competition this season and has probably given the Dutch side a vital three points.

Vitesse 1 - 0 Tottenham

19:26 , Michael Jones

84 mins: Vitesse break on the counter-attack with Frederiksen bringing the ball through the middle. Openda and Darfalou give him options to the left and right but Frederiksen goes it alone and belts a shot from range well over the crossbar.

Bazoer and Winks get into a bit of argy bargy off the ball and the referee has to come over to put a stop to it.

Vitesse 1 - 0 Tottenham

19:23 , Michael Jones

81 mins: That goal could be crucial. Vitesse weathered a flurry from Tottenham at the beginning of this half but have grown in confidence since. Of the two teams they’ve been the one that has looked more likely to score. Their fans are cheering and singing very loudly now. They believe their team is going to win this one.

GOAL! Vitesse 1 - 0 Tottenham (Wittek, 78’)⚽️

19:20 , Michael Jones

78 mins: Finally! The deadlock is broken! Wittek sends the ball up to Openda and continues his run into the box. Openda flicks it over to the right wing where Dasa makes a forward run. He brings the ball under control before chipping it to the front edge of the box where Wittek has drifted into space. He hits the dropping ball on the volley and smokes it wonderfully into the near bottom corner to give Vitesse the lead!

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

19:19 , Michael Jones

77 mins: Nuno Espirito Santo takes no chances on Dane Scarlett and replaces him with 20-year-old Dilan Markanday.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

19:17 , Michael Jones

75 mins: Yellow card for Scarlett! A long ball comes up to the striker who knocks it past Bazoer. He turns quickly and chases after the ball as Schubert comes flying out of his box. The Vitesse goalkeeper gets to the ball as Scarlett dives into a challenge. Schubert jumps over the striker’s legs and theatrically throws himself to ground convincing the referee to pull out a card.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

19:14 , Michael Jones

72 mins: Wittek swings a free kick into the box and attempts to pick out Doekhi in the centre of the box. Tottenham win the first ball but it drops to Openda. He loads up to shoot but the offside flag goes up against the Vitesse captain from the initial cross and Spurs win a free kick of their own.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

19:11 , Michael Jones

69 mins: Dasa’s getting himself into decent positions when he comes in from the right side. Vitesse work the ball out to him and he takes another shot from outside the box. This one is one target but Gollini smothers it low down to his right.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

19:09 , Michael Jones

66 mins: Dele Alli plays the ball out of his own final third and lays it off to Lo Celso. He tries to spur Tottenham into a counter-attack by driving into the midfield but Bero lunges in and wins back the ball.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

19:06 , Michael Jones

63 mins: Vitesse’s final ball into the box hasn’t been great. They’ve attempted a few crosses from the right but nothing has beaten the Tottenham centre-backs.

Close! Darfalou slips the ball to Dasa who’s forward on the right. They’ve got an overload on as Dasa drives towards the box. He shoots just as he reaches the front edge and narrowly sends the effort wide of the near post.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

19:02 , Michael Jones

60 mins: Back to Arnhem where Tottenham’s early momentum at the start of the second half has been slowly eroded away by Vitesse. The home side have taken over possession and the game has developed into a midfield battle.

Line-ups: West Ham vs Genk

19:00 , Michael Jones

Following the conclusion of this game we’ll be focusing of West Ham’s next outing in the Europa League as they take on Genk. Kick off for that one is at 8pm and here are the starting line-ups:

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Johnson, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Vlasic, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Bowen.

Genk XI: Vandevoordt, Preciado, Cuesta, Lucumi, Arteaga, Heynen, Hrosovsky, Bongonda, Ito, Onuachu.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:57 , Michael Jones

54 mins: Tottenham have been a bit more aggressive since the restart. Scarlett is throwing his weight around and trying impose himself on the Vitesse defenders. Doekhi is hit by the forward but not before he slips the ball away to Tronstad. Tronstad passes it out to Wittek on the left side and he knocks the ball down the line to give Openda a chase. Sanchez gets back and slides across the Vitesse striker, winning the ball and clearing it for Spurs.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:53 , Michael Jones

51 mins: Dane Scarlett is penalised after taking on Bazoer over on the right side of the box. The defender sticks to Scarlett, marshalling him wider and wider before eventually shoving him to ground and toppling over him. I’m not sure Scarlett’s done a lot wrong there but Vitesse are given the free kick.

OFF THE BAR! Gil comes close to an opener!

18:51 , Michael Jones

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

48 mins: Great play from Tottenham. Lo Celso is given the ball just inside his own half. He turns and shimmies past a Vitesse midfielder before driving the ball up the opponents box. There’s no way into the area for him so he squares the ball to Bryan Gil who hits a first-time left-footed shot beautifully. It’s got swerve and dip but just not enough as it smacks into the crossbar and bounces away!

Second half: Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:48 , Michael Jones

Kick off: Can Tottenham get a goal in this second half. Judging by the first 45 minutes one goal may be enough for either team to claim all three points.

The visitors get the match back underway. Bergwijn flicks the ball up to Scarlett who chests it down and spins Rasmussen only for the offside flag to go up.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:41 , Michael Jones

Both teams made mistakes during that first 45 minutes. Tottenham gave the ball away countless times and never seemed to get out of first gear.

Nuno Espirito Santo will want more urgency, more intent and sharper passing in the second half.

A shot on target would be nice too.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:38 , Michael Jones

The other Group G game of the night has Rennes 2-1 up against Mura meaning that as things stand Tottenham are dropping to second place in the table.

They need to win Group G to avoid a play-off match to get into the knockout stages.

Half-time: Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:33 , Michael Jones

45+1 mins: Nuno Espirito Santo has named a second string starting XI for Tottenham and it’s clear. The players haven’t quite gelled in attack with the visitors only having two shots in the first half.

Vitesse have had seven but most have come from outside the box or have been off-target. Neither goalkeeper has had much to do and the game remains deadlocked.

The crowd have been great though.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:30 , Michael Jones

45 mins: Almost. Tanganga gets forward on the overlap and Bergwijn sends him the ball. He flicks it into the six-yard box towards Scarlett but Riechedly Bazoer blocks the pass. Dele Alli wins if off the centre-back but is swarmed by three defenders and the ball rolls loose. Tanganga lunges in to try and take back possession but he fouls Bazoer and Vitesse get a reprieve.

One added minute to play.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:26 , Michael Jones

42 mins: Bergwijn chases down a long ball and wins a throw in after Schubert spoons the ball out of play. Davies sends it back into play but fouls Dasa as Vitesse win the ball.

Steven Bergwijn knocks the ball away and argues with the referee which sees him pick up a yellow card.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:24 , Michael Jones

39 mins: Lo Celso swings another free kick into the box from the left wing for Spurs. He picks out Sanchez who knocks the ball down for Gil. He tries to chip the ball over the bodies in front of him but doesn’t get enough dip on the shot and the ball goes over the crossbar.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:20 , Michael Jones

36 mins: Tottenham are defending their own area pretty well but Vitesse are getting the ball into some dangerous areas. Openda carries the ball into the far side of the box and knocks it to Frederiksen. His back is to goal and he has no space to turn. Instead he passes the ball back to Wittek who shoots from range and belts his effort over the crossbar.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:18 , Michael Jones

33 mins: Rasmussen gets into trouble in his own box as Lo Celso presses him and wins back the ball for Spurs. He takes it to the byline but can’t find a cutback into Scarlett.

Vitesse clear their lines and work the ball back up the pitch. Dasa tries to slip Darfalou into the box but the striker is tackled and Spurs come away with possession.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:15 , Michael Jones

30 mins: Tottenham keep up the pressure on the Vitesse penalty area and win a free kick over to the right of the box. Lo Celso curls the deadball towards the near post where it hits Schubert in the chest and bounces out of play off Davinson Sanchez.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:13 , Michael Jones

28 mins: Bryan Gil brings the ball into the inside left channel for Spurs and us brought down by Bero. Lo Celso curls a teasing free kick into the six-yard box and Jacob Rasmussen beats Scarlett to the ball. He heads it on and Wittek puts it behind for a Tottenham corner.

Lo Celso knocks the corner ball short but is given it back. He sends in a cross that Tanganga flicks on but Rasmussen manages to clear the danger.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:10 , Michael Jones

26 mins: Spurs deal with the Vitesse corner easily enough and sweep up the pitch on the counter. They lose the ball though and the home side send it out to Dasa on the right wing. He pushes forward and swings a cross in towards Frederiksen. The forward gets in from of Joe Rodon, leaps to win the header but knocks it wide of the back post.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:09 , Michael Jones

24 mins: Wittek receives the ball on the left wing and flies forward urging his teammates to make runs into the box. Darfalou and Openda do so but Wittek uses them as decoys and takes a shot from the inside left. The ball hits Davinson Sanchez and deflects behind for a Vitesse corner.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:06 , Michael Jones

21 mins: Tottenham are just about taking control of the game. They’re seeing more possession and pushing further up the pitch as a unit. Not a lot of action in the Vitesse final third as of yet.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

18:03 , Michael Jones

18 mins: Tottenham regain possession and break forward on the counter-attack. Dele Alli drives them forward and has three options ahead of him. He passes it to Lo Celso who tries to feed Gil into the right side of the box but underhits his pass and allows Danilho Doekhi to intercept the ball.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

17:59 , Michael Jones

15 mins: Drama! The corner is played short and comes back to Wittek. He carries the ball into the box and is tackled by a lunging Bryan Gil who just manages to win the ball before colliding with the midfielder in the box.

There’s a loud appeal for a penalty but the referee plays on as Scarlett attempts to run the ball clear for Tottenham. He’s tackled by a sliding Matus Bero who takes out the man and picks up the first yellow card of the game.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

17:56 , Michael Jones

12 mins: Dasa swings a cross into the box from the right and Japhet Tanganga knocks it out behind for a corner. Maximilian Wittek delivers the set piece and the ball drops for Dasa. He shoots and wins another corner as the ball deflects behind off a Spurs defender.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

17:54 , Michael Jones

9 mins: Harry Winks wins the ball for Spurs in the middle third of the pitch. He sends it up to Steven Bergwijn who cuts across the pitch with the ball. Dele Alli provides on option to his right but he slots it into the area expecting a run from Dan Scarlett that doesn’t happen. The ball rolls into Markus Schubert and the attack breaks down.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

17:51 , Michael Jones

6 mins: Urged on by the Vitesse fans Eli Dasa sends a long throw into the Tottenham penalty area but Giovani Lo Celso intercepts it. He attempts to run the ball out of his own final third and is fouled by Oussama Darfalou.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

17:49 , Michael Jones

3 mins: Lovely play from Vitesse. Openda picks up the ball and runs into the left side channel. He slots a through ball into the box as Nikolai Baden Frederiksen makes a run into the left side of the area. The striker collects the ball and shoots but Pierluigi Gollini charges him down and keeps it out.

Vitesse 0 - 0 Tottenham

17:46 , Michael Jones

Kick off: The home side get the ball rolling. They work it over to the left wing and win an early throw in. Lois Openda whips a cross into the box but it goes straight out of play.

Vitesse vs Tottenham

17:44 , Michael Jones

Here come the teams. There’s a loud roar from the Vitesse fans as the players make their way out onto the pitch for the first ever meeting between these clubs.

The fans are waving black and yellow flags, there’s a good atmosphere around the ground.

A final word from Nuno

17:40 , Michael Jones

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo, spoke to BT Sport about Vitesse before kick off saying:

Tonight we must compete. It is going to be tough game as Vitesse are a good team.

“We will focus now and try to pass on all the details of things that could happen in this game.”

Bergwijn returns to the Netherlands

17:37 , Michael Jones

Spurs’ Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn scored 31 goals in 149 senior appearances for PSV Eindhoven before moving to the Premier League side in January 2020. He won three Eredivisie titles with the club and spoke about his time in Holland.

He said:

When I played in Holland, Vitesse were always difficult to play, especially at their stadium.

"They like to play football and they always have good players. It’s not going to be an easy game but we are Tottenham so we need to win and I think we have enough quality."

Vitesse vs English opponents

17:32 , Michael Jones

Vitesse have played six games against English opposition but are yet to win a game. Their best result was a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the first round of the 1993-94 Uefa Cup against Norwich City. They lost the first leg 3-0 and were knocked out.

Liverpool beat them 1-0 in both legs of the 2002-03 Uefa Cup and most recently Southampton cruised to a 5-0 aggregate win in the third qualifying round of the 2015-16 Europa League.

Vitesse vs Tottenham

17:28 , Michael Jones

Vitesse have never played Tottenham in a competitive match but the clubs do have a connection.

Just one player has ever turned out for both clubs: Willem Korsten who played for Vitesse between 1993-1999, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur and playing there from 1999-2002.

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(Getty Images)

Letsch on GelreDome atmosphere

17:24 , Michael Jones

Thomas Letsch has backed Vitesse’s fans to bring a bouncing atmosphere to the GelreDome tonight as a boost to his players as they prepare to face Tottenham.

He told Vitesse TV:

The atmosphere will be great again. The supporters will be behind us from the first minute, especially after the derby win [against NEC on Sunday].

!We want to generate the same energy as against Rennes, Feyenoord and NEC. In a full stadium, anything is possible.”

Nuno defends Tottenham selection policy for Europa Conference League

17:19 , Michael Jones

Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Espirito Santo does not think it is a risk to leave his big guns at home for the Europa Conference League trip to Vitesse Arnhem.

Nuno has confirmed that none of the outfield players who started last weekend’s 3-2 win at Newcastle will travel to Holland for Thursday night’s game, instead staying in London to train with Sunday’s trip to West Ham in mind.

Nuno defends Tottenham selection policy for Europa Conference League

Record-breaking Vitesse

17:13 , Michael Jones

Vitesse are currently on a record-breaking run, having found the net in six consecutive European matches for the first time.

Their last 12 goals were scored by nine different players. Only Maximilian Wittek (three) and Matúš Bero (two) have scored more than once during this period.

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(ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Tonight’s venue: The GelreDome

17:08 , Michael Jones

Vitesse’s home ground is situated in Arnhem, a city east of Rotterdam and located in the South-Eastern part of the Netherlands.

Their stadium, the GelreDome, sold out for the first time in years for tonight’s confrontation with Tottenham and the regular capacity of 21,248 has been expanded to approximately 24,000.

Tottenham’s winning ways

17:03 , Michael Jones

Tottenham are unbeaten in three games across all competitions since a 3-0 defeat to North London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League back in September.

Over those three games Spurs have scored 10 goals and conceded just four. Last weekend they came from behind at St. James’ Park to defeat Newcastle 3-2 and have built up an air of confidence after a rocky start to the season.

Can they continue their winning run this evening?

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