Europa League: West Ham held by Genk in a dramatic encounter
- The game was David Moyes' 1000th in management with West Ham
- Joseph Paintsil gave Genk a lead in the first half
- Genk got their equaliser thanks to a Thomas Soucek own goal
The encounter was a milestone for David Moyes as it was his 1000th game in management with West Ham and a win would have seen them through to the knockout stages of the Europa League on the first try.
Joseph Paintsil had other ideas though as he jumped onto a pass from Junya Ito for a cool-headed finish to give the home side Genk a lead in the first half, a sight that sent the travelling contingent of fans into a shock.
The Premier League side had a few decent chances to equalise either side of the break with Michail Antonio and Pablo Fornals got close to the goal. They did equalise through Benrahma on the hour mark through an assist by Vladimir Coufal.
The former Brentford man was a potent weapon for West Ham throughout the second half and it paid off when he got his second goal of the game on the 82nd-minute mark with another superb finish. But the joy was short-lived and soon turned to despair just in a few moments as Genk got their own equaliser thanks to a Thomas Soucek own goal.
The draw ended West Ham's perfect record in Group H but kept Moyes' team on course for a spot in the knockout rounds.
In other games, Napoli boosted its chances of advancing by beating Legia Warsaw 4-1 away, leapfrogging the Polish team in a tough Group C, where Leicester was playing Spartak Moscow later.
In the Europa Conference League, Antonio Conte was making his debut as Tottenham manager as the London team hosted Vitesse, while Jose Mourinho's Roma was hosting Bodø/Glimt hoping to avenge a 6-0 loss to the Norwegian team in the previous round.