West Ham United survived a late scare as they came from behind to beat Danish side Silkeborg IF and maintain their perfect record in Group B of the Europa Conference League.
The visitors dominated Demark but fell behind in the fifth minute when Kasper Kusk scored the first goal.
The Hammers equalized eight minutes later through Manuel Lanzini’s penalty after Maxwel Cornet was fouled in the area.
Gianluca Scamacca ended the rebound in the 25th minute before Craig Dawson’s header put West Ham 3-1 ahead before the break.
Silkeborg set up a tense finale with 15 minutes remaining when Soren Tengstedt headed home Tonni Adamsen’s rebound after Jarrod Bowen lost possession.
But the Premier League side held on to deny the hosts their first point in the group stage of a European competition.
The result means West Ham remain top of Group B, with Romania’s FCSB drawing 0-0 with Belgium’s Anderlecht in the group’s other game.
Hammers are flying in Europe, despite a shaky finish
David Moyes’ side have made a poor start to the Premier League season with just one win in six games, but this was their fourth straight win in Europe after their league triumph.
On an artificial surface at JYSK Park, the Hammers were heavy favorites against the team who finished third in the Danish Superliga last season.
But they fell behind for the second leg on the rebound and it could have been 2-2 at half-time.
Nicklas Helenius scored just seconds after Portuguese referee Fabio Verissimo was fouled by West Ham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
After going into a two-goal lead, West Ham dominated for much of the second period before Silkeborg added a second on the counter-attack from a Hammers corner.
With the visitors 3-2 ahead, Aroela made a brilliant reaction save to deny Adams an 80th-minute equaliser, but the Danes were unable to create a more meaningful chance and West Ham held on.
Their next test is in three weeks, when Moyes’ side travel to Anderlecht, two points behind in second place.
- 20SalquistBooked in 12 minutes
- 29angelreplaced bythe dunein 45′minutes
- 21the clusterBooked in 22 minutesreplaced byLarsenin 62′minutes
- 7car attendantreplaced byJørgensenin 62′minutes
- 11Heleniusreplaced byin Adamsin 62′minutes
- 3East Stream
- 23in Adams
- 24in Ogges
- 25the dune
- 24the cleaner
- 3CresswellBooked in 89 minutes
- 5He stepped back
- 10What is that?replaced byCoventryin 90+3′minutes
- 41Ricereplaced bySoucekin 63′minutes
- 11Tolentino Coelho de Limareplaced byBenrahmain 63′minutes
- 14the cornetreplaced byFornalsin 86′minutes
- 7Fraudreplaced byBowenin 63′minutes
- Fábio Veríssimo
Match over, Silkeborg IF 2, West Ham United 3.
Second half ends, Silkeborg IF 2, West Ham United 3.
Lukas Klitten (Silkeborg IF) wins a free kick.
Foul by Pablo Fornals (West Ham United).
An empty attempt. Tonni Adams (Silkeborg IF) header from the left side of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assistant: Oliver Sonne.
Change, West Ham United. Conor Coventry replaces Manuel Lanzini.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) has been shown the yellow card.
Change, West Ham United. Pablo Fornals has replaced Maxwel Cornet.
An empty attempt. Tobias Salquist (Silkeborg IF) header from the center of the box is saved in the left corner. Help from Stefán Thórdarson.
Offside, West Ham United. Jarrod Bowen tries to score, but Maxwel Cornet is caught offside.
Offside, West Ham United. Jarrod Bowen tries a deep pass, but Emerson is caught offside.
The attempt has been saved. Tonni Adams (Silkeborg IF) left footed shot is blocked by the keeper. Assisted by Mads Larsen with a cross.
Offside, Silkeborg IF. Joel Felix tries to pass, but Tonni Adams is caught offside.
Goal! Silkeborg IF 2, West Ham United 3. Søren Tengstedt (Silkeborg IF) from the left side of the box, low kick to the bottom left.
The attempt has been saved. Tonni Adamsen (Silkeborg IF) left footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom right corner.
Corner, West Ham United. Stefán Thórdarson has scored.
An empty attempt. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vladimír Coufal with a cross.
An empty attempt. Sebastian Jørgensen (Silkeborg IF) right footed shot misses to the right. Assistant: Oliver Sonne.
Attempt blocked. Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the box. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini.
Tobias Salquist (Silkeborg IF) wins a free kick.