FCSB 0-3 West Ham: Hammers seal perfect record in ECL group stages

FCSB 0-3 West Ham: 18-year-old Divin Mubama cruelly denied a goal on his debut after his header deflects in off Joyskim Dawa – as Pablo Fornals’ brace sees Hammers seal perfect record in Conference League group stages

  • West Ham march into the knockout stages of Conference League with a 3-0 win
  • Pablo Fornals brokes the deadlock in spectacular fashion with superb volley
  • Joyskim Dawa then put in his own net while trying to stop Divin Mubama scoring
  • Fornals then grabbed his brace to put the game beyond doubt after an hour
  • West Ham become the first team to win six out of six group games in ECL history 

It cruelly went down as an own goal but here was a moment West Ham’s 18-year-old debutant Divin Mubama will never forget. 

His header to Vladimir Coufal’s cross helped David Moyes’ youngsters win in Bucharest, regardless of what the official scoresheet says.

The Europa Conference League may only be two seasons old but to be the sole club in the competition’s history to win all six group games is some achievement for West Ham.

West Ham academy graduate Divin Mubama celebrates after scoring on his full debut

Mubama’s superb header deflected off the back of Joyskim Dawa’s head to make it 2-0

It meant the 18-year-old was cruelly denied a debut goal for West Ham in Bucharest

FCSB: (4-3-3) Tarnovanu; Pantea, Dawa, Bouhenna, Radunovic; Edjouma, Dulca (Radaslavescu 46), Oaida (Olaru 46); Cordea (Stoica 46), Compagno (Rusu 59), Octavian Popescu (Coman 59)

Subs not used: Vlad (GK); Cretu, Dumiter, Boboc

Goals: None

Bookings: None

Coach: Mihai Pintilii

WEST HAM: (3-4-3) Areola 7; Johnson 7.5 (Casey 77), Aguerd 7, Ogbonna 7; Coufal 7 (Ashby 67, 6.5), Coventry 7, Lanzini 7, Scarles 8.5; Downes 8 (Forson 68, 6.5), Mubama 8 (Swyer 77), Fornals 8 (Potts 67, 6.5)

Subs not used: Randolph (GK), Hegyi (GK); Clayton, Forbes, Orford

Goals: Fornals (40, 65), Dawa (OG 56)

Bookings: Aguerd (32), Mubama (71), Scarles (73)

Coach: David Moyes 7

Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)

Man of the Match: Oliver Scarles (West Ham)

Venue: Arena Nationala (Bucharest)

To win in Bucharest with two starters in 16-year-old Ollie Scarles and Mubama made it so much more satisfying for Moyes. 

West Ham had earned the right to experiment by securing Group B’s top spot and there were further debutants from the substitutes’ bench in Keenan Appiah-Forson, 21, Kamarai Swyer, 19, and Kaelan Casey, 18.

West Ham’s second goal was courtesy of Mubama. Though it was technically taken away from him because of a Joyskim Dawa deflection, the families of these starlets can only have been bursting with pride as they put in a mature performance in the Romanian capital.

Scarles’ parents were in the National Arena’s stands to watch him perform beyond his 16 years on the left wing. 

FCSB could not handle him as West Ham controlled this tie from start to finish.

Pablo Fornals got West Ham’s other two goals, but this was a night to celebrate the up-and-coming talent as Moyes’ men – or boys, rather – made it six for six in the Europa Conference League.

Busby had his Babes, and Fergie his Fledglings, and Moyes’s trust in his young men so nearly resulted in West Ham taking the lead after 22 minutes. 

Scarles crossed from the left wing to find Mubama, who had cleverly taken up a central position. 

He met it six yards out, but goalkeeper Stefan Tarnovanu made a good save with his trailing leg.

Fornals tried to finish the follow-up but Tarnovanu saved again.

In the 35th minute, Fornals’ cross found the impressive Flynn Downes, whose delicate touch looked like it was heading into the bottom corner until Tarnovanu intervened.

West Ham made it 1-0 after 40 minutes when Ben Johnson’s long ball dropped over the shoulder of Fornals, whose left-footed shot found the corner. Perhaps he was offside, but with no VAR, there was no inquest. 

Pablo Fornals brilliantly broke the deadlock in the first half with a well-taken goal

West Ham’s No 8 shrugged off a challenge to thump in a long ball from Benjamin Johnson

Fornals celebrates with his West Ham team-mates after scoring the opener in Bucharest

Goal-line technology did save FCSB from conceding a second when Nayef Aguerd’s header was cleared by Alexandru Pantea in the nick of time.

FCSB had parted with their manager, Nicolae Dica, two days prior to this match. At half time, they had not tested Alphonse Areola in goal as West Ham’s youngsters dominated the play.

Scarles’ low cross through the six-yard box deserved a finish but moments later in the 56th minute, Coufal’s cross found Mubama, who headed for goal. It deflected into the net for 2-0. ‘The dream they will never snatch away,’ said the BT Sport’s commentary. Unfortunately they would try, with it being given as an own goal by Dawa.

Fornals got his brace as West Ham maintained a perfect record in the Conference League

The Spaniard pounced on a goalkeeping mistake to get his second goal of the night

Fornals celebrates with his West Ham team-mates after making it 3-0 on the night

Still, Mubama’s celebrations in front of the 2,000 travelling supporters will live long in the 18-year-old’s memory. ‘What a moment,’ tweeted club captain Declan Rice, watching from home.

In the 65th minute, Fornals made it 3-0 after a Scarles cross caused confusion in the box.

With West Ham cruising, Moyes introduced debutants in Appiah-Forson, Swyer and Casey, along with Freddie Potts, 19, and Harrison Ashby, 20.

These young players were given a stage by their manager and they rose to the occasion in a super Europa Conference League showing.

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