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West Ham’s 17-match unbeaten run in Europe came to an end on Thursday night as they were beaten 2-1 by Olympiacos in the UEFA Europa League.

The Greek outfit took a 2-0 lead into the break and never looked like losing, even if the Hammers pulled one back late on.

Konstantinos Fortounis put Olympiacos ahead in the 33rd minute with a moment of magic, before Angelo Ogbonna sliced into his own net to deepen West Ham’s woes before half-time.

Lucas Paqueta grabbed a late consolation for the Hammers, but it was too little too late.

West Ham manager David Moyes made seven changes to his starting line-up, admitting that he had an eye on Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Everton.

“We changed a lot of players tonight, we’ve got the Premier League coming up and we’ve got a League Cup game next week and we’d won the first two games in the group, which gave us leeway to make changes tonight,” Moyes told the official club website.

“But maybe I have to recognise that while we didn’t win through the Conference League games easily, as they were all tough games, coming to Olympiacos after winning away in Freiburg, which was a good result, this wasn’t a good result and wasn’t a good performance.”

David Moyes defends team choice, concedes poor West Ham performance in Olympiacos loss

Sports pundit Joe Cole was critical of West Ham’s performance, particularly after the first half.

“They didn’t do the basics right,” Cole said on BT Sport. “They were getting caught out of position, they weren’t committing to challenges.

“The first goal was a great goal, but the second goal was a shambles. Ogbonna has to clear that ball.”

The defeat is a setback for West Ham, but they remain top of Group A in the Europa League. They will have the chance to get back on track when they travel to Denmark to face Silkeborg in their next game on November 3rd.

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