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A draw with Silkeborg next time out would seal top spot for West Ham, who within the next week meet both Southampton and Liverpool. Meanwhile, Anderlecht clash with Champions League surprise package Club Brugge at the weekend, with a crucial encounter against FCSB up next in the Conference League.
Qualifying for the knockout stage - and now just one point away from a direct place in the last 16 - West Ham see off a limited Anderlecht side with a highly professional performance. Moyes' men were on top throughout much of the match, but their visitors will perhaps be left ruing a lack of ambition, as Les Mauves almost stole a point with a last-gasp comeback. Successive defeats leave the Belgian club in some trouble in the scrap to progress from Group B, while the Hammers are assured of European football after the World Cup.
90' + 7'
FULL-TIME: WEST HAM 2-1 ANDERLECHT
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Anderlecht are still probing in the West Ham half, but making little real progress, with just one of six additional minutes left on the clock.
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CLOSE! Incredibly, substitute Stroeykens almost snatches an equaliser, as he sends a powerful shot scudding just over the crossbar, with Areola left scrambling! Quite an unexpected ending at London Stadium - surely the Hammers can't let this slip?
90' + 1'
Scamacca comes close with an effort on goal, as West Ham seek to seal the three points, but Anderlecht survive - the well-positioned Van Crombrugge makes a smart save.
ANDERLECHT PULL ONE BACK! From nowhere, the visitors are back within a single goal, as Esposito confidently strokes his penalty past Areola and into the back of the net! It's 2-1, with several stoppage-time minutes left to play.
As Johnson catches Esposito's swinging boot with his studs, deep inside the area, he concedes a foul and Anderlecht have a penalty-kick! Johnson also receives a yellow card for his protests.
Coming close to snatching a third goal, Soucek's shot disturbs the side-netting, following a run and pass from Benrahma.
At this point, Anderlecht are goalless throughout their last 273 minutes in the Europa Conference League: they haven't been on the scoresheet since a Silva penalty in the win over Silkeborg.
A pitch invader from the travelling Anderlecht support is intercepted by the London Stadium's security staff, but the game is paused while he's forcibly removed from the playing area.
After a fruitless shift up front, Silva makes way for 17-year-old striker Stassin.
Mazzu makes his final two changes. First, Delcroix is replaced by Hoedt in central defence.
A searching cross from Fornals, stationed on the left side of the area, meets the outstretched leg of Scamacca, who is arriving late at the back post. However, the Italy international turns the ball wide of the target.
Injured in a clash with his team-mate Downes, Dawson must be withdrawn; Soucek is the first-half substitute's replacement.
Climbing highest to reach a cross from the right flank, Esposito can only angle his header wide of the left-hand post under pressure.
Dawson continues to hobble around at the back, and the substitute will surely not be able to continue like this for much longer.
Highlighting their dominance, West Ham have recorded each of the last five goal attempts, and Anderlecht's last shot was taken by Silva in the 43rd minute.
The game resumes: both Downes and Dawson are fit enough to resume their roles in the West Ham side, though the latter is quite heavily limping.
The action is broken up again, as Downes and Dawson clash heads in an aerial challenge near the centre circle. The former remains laid out on the pitch and requires attention from the medics.
Verschaeren is also taken off, as former Tottenham defender Vertonghen comes on to a chorus of boos.
Amuzu's shift comes to an early end, as Stroeykens - who scored twice as a substitute at the weekend - comes on to bolster Anderlecht's waning attack.
Having scored the crucial second goal, Bowen also makes way; Scamacca will look to add more to his tally of two Conference League goals this term.
Moyes makes a double change for the final half-hour. First, Cresswell is replaced by West Ham captain Rice.
As West Ham's superiority continues, 40 per cent of the action has been in the Anderlecht defensive third over the last 15 minutes.
Caught by Coufal out on the right flank, Amuzu is down on the turf receiving treatment, and the game is momentarily paused.
Mazzu's first substitution sees Diawara making way for Sadiki.
Having made several snappy tackles in the first half, Downes is now booked for a late challenge on Esposito.
Anderlecht's performance has been soporific so far, as if the occasion has simply proved too much for them. They've shown no real drive despite the fact they could find themselves down in third place in Group B by the final whistle.
Coufal gets to the right byline without any real resistance, then curls over an outswinging cross to the penalty spot. From there, Fornals steers a header well off-target under pressure from two defenders.
Soon after Emerson has a shot blocked, Fornals receives the ball from Benrahma on the edge of the box, then sees his goalbound shot diverted behind by N'Diaye. The hosts' pressure is beginning to grow.
Coufal claims a penalty after Delcroix denies him a crossing chance inside the area with a sliding challenge - the West Ham man seems to think it was handball, but only a corner is awarded.
Neither side has mounted a sustained attack in the early stages of the second half, and such a sedate tempo surely suits West Ham - they just want to ease this win over the line with the minimum amount of fuss.
A half-time change - West Ham's second substitution of the match - sees Fornals coming on for Paqueta.
West Ham kick off the second half, and we are back under way at London Stadium!
Having reached the final four of the Europa League last season, West Ham's latest continental odyssey seems set to continue into 2023, and they are now just 45 minutes away from confirming their place in the knockout stages of Europe's third-tier competition.
In total command of proceedings at a subdued London Stadium, West Ham have one foot in the Conference League's last 16, as they deservedly lead by two goals at the break. Two excellent finishes exhibited the gulf in class between the two sides today, and Anderlecht's past failures in the UK seem to be repeating themselves once again: Les Mauves have failed to win any of their previous 18 matches away to English opposition. A remarkable turn of events would be need for them to turn things around after the interval - particularly given their paucity of goals in Group B so far.
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HALF-TIME: WEST HAM 2-0 ANDERLECHT
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For catching Diawara with a raised boot, Downes seems frustrated to be penalised by conceding a free-kick. However, he could possibly have been booked by a more harsh referee.
With a two-goal advantage secured, and Anderlecht's brief flurrry of chances apparently over, West Ham are attempting to see things through until half-time; calmly stroking the ball around in midfield.
Growing in their ambition now, Anderlecht earn another corner, as Downes charges down an Arnstad shot from more than 20 yards out. However, they fail to make the most of the set-piece situation.
SAVE! Lanzini loses the ball, and Silva starts a quick counter-attack, at the end of which Esposito curls a shot towards the far corner from the left side of the box. Areola responds with a sharp save; tipping the ball behind for a corner! That's as close as Anderlecht have come to a goal so far.
Diawara deliberately trips Bowen deep inside his own half, near the right side of the area, and though he escapes a booking, West Ham have a free-kick in a promising crossing position.
For a reckless foul on Diawara, a yellow card is shown to Paqueta.
CLOSE! Verschaeren misses the target again, as he steers a low shot into the side-netting from inside the area. Areola was alert in any case, but Anderlecht have at least started to make some progress in the final third.
From the left byline, Amuzu slightly scuffs the ball back into the area, but Verschaeren's subsequent shot lacks accuracy and drifts wide of the right-hand post.
Allowed to travel with the ball past three passive defenders, Emerson worked his way into the area and cut the ball back for Bowen to unleash a powerful strike at goal.
BOWEN BLASTS HOME! West Ham go two goals ahead! With no challenge forthcoming, Emerson progresses down the left side of the area into a crossing position; he delivers the ball to Bowen in the centre, and two touches later, the England forward thumps an unstoppable shot past the badly exposed Van Crombrugge!
Having thundered along the left touchline, Cresswell slips through Bowen, who shoots low and hard from the edge of the area but is then pulled up for offside.
Coufal concedes a free-kick inside the Anderlecht area, for a foul on Ndiaye, who was competing for the ball in the air.
The game's intensity has dropped another notch following the stoppage for Ogbonna's injury, and Anderlecht's attempts to get a foothold in the West Ham half remain fruitless at the moment.
Due to injury, Ogbonna cannot carry on. As he limps off, Dawson comes on to replace him at centre-back.
Nursing an injury down on the turf, Ogbonna receives medical attention as the game comes to a temporary halt. It looks like the West Ham defender will have to come off.
Van Crombrugge makes a smart stop after Benrahma feeds a throughball into Paqueta's path, and with the Brazilian closing in on goal, the goalkeeper does well to narrow the angle. Straight after, the flag goes up for offside.
Anderlecht's first attempt at goal comes from the boot of Silva, who moves into space before steering a powerful low shot straight at Areola from the edge of the area.
WEST HAM LEAD! After much discussion with Cresswell, it is Benrahma who elects to strike a free-kick from the left side of the area, and his curling shot dips through a parting wall and into the bottom-left corner! He won the set-piece opportunity himself, then dispatched it past Van Crombrugge with aplomb! That's 1-0 to the Hammers!
Bowen is penalised for a sliding challenge on N'Diaye, out on the right touchline. It was a forceful tackle, which won the ball but also caught some of the man.
From the free-kick, out on the right side of the area, Cresswell opts to shoot rather than cross, but blazes his attempt over the crossbar from around 20 yards out.
Having brought down Bowen as he strode towards the penalty area, Arnstad is the first player to receive a yellow card today.
West Ham's much-changed side are short of full fluency in the early stages, but a burst from Bowen down the right flank earns the Hammers a free-kick in a good crossing position.
Bringing life to the game, Paqueta surges through the centre of the pitch before being closed down by several white Anderlecht shirts as he shoots. His 20-yard shot is blocked, and the attack comes to an end.
A comfortable start for West Ham sees the hosts stroking the ball around in midfield, as Anderlecht start cautiously. There's no real urgency so far.
West Ham United have won their last five games in Europe - their longest ever such winning run; scoring three goals in four of their last five fixtures. Anderlecht, meanwhile, have lost just one of their last six matches away from home in UEFA competitions, so we could be in for a tightly fought contest today.
Anderlecht kick off, and we are under way in London!
The players are out on the pitch at an atmospheric London Stadium, and kick-off is now just moments away!
Though Stroeykens scored twice at the weekend and Duranville started up front against Mechelen, Anderlecht pair loan signings Silva and Esposito in attack today. Arnstad also returns in midfield, as Felice Mazzu sends his side out in a 3-5-2 formation, captained by goalkeeper Van Crombrugge.
West Ham boss David Moyes makes eight changes from the side that started against Fulham on Sunday - only Bowen, Cresswell and Paqueta keep their places. Michail Antonio is unavailable due to illness, while Maxwel Cornet remains absent with a calf problem, so Bowen is joined by Benrahma and Paqueta up front. Meanwhile, Downes is given an opportunity to impress in midfield.
SUBS: Colin Coosemans, Bart Verbruggen, Ishak Abdulrazak, Anouar Ait El Hadj, Wesley Hoedt, Theo Leoni, Benito Raman, Noah Sadiki, Killian Sardella, Lucas Stassin, Mario Stroeykens, Jan Vertonghen.
ANDERLECHT (3-5-2): Hendrik Van Crombrugge; N'Diaye Moussa, Hannes Delcroix, Zeno Debast; Michael Murillo, Yari Verschaeren, Amadou Diawara, Kristian Arnstad, Francis Amuzu; Sebastiano Esposito, Fabio Silva.
SUBS: Darren Randolph, Krisztian Hegyi, Gianluca Scamacca, Pablo Fornals, Tomas Soucek, Conor Coventry, Declan Rice, Keenan Forson, Freddie Potts, Oliver Scarles.
WEST HAM (3-4-3): Alphonse Areola; Ben Johnson, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell; Vladimir Coufal, Flynn Downes, Manuel Lanzini, Emerson Palmieri; Lucas Paqueta, Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma.
Despite their home defeat last week, Anderlecht are still on course to reach the knockout stages, as they hold a one-point lead over third-placed Silkeborg. Gaining swift revenge on West Ham today can even keep hopes of topping Group B alive; in turn that would mean direct qualification for the last 16, rather than facing a playoff. After their second-half comeback against Mechelen at the weekend, Les Mauves sit ninth in the Belgian Pro league table, some 14 points adrift of the summit.
Top spot in Group B will be all but assured for West Ham today, if they can beat Anderlecht for the second time in a week. Indeed, the Hammers will actually be confirmed as group winners if Silkeborg also fail to beat FCSB. At the halfway point, the Premier League club are on the brink of progress, having won each of their first three fixtures, including last week's success in Belgium; secured by a late goal from Gianluca Scamacca. After a sticky start to the season, Sunday's 3-1 victory over Fulham was West Ham's fifth from six games in all competitions.
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