The grateful eight

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 16th March 2023

The eight quarter finalists of this season's UEFA Conference League have been confirmed.

West Ham secured their place in the last eight courtesy of a tenth consecutive win in European competition, a comfortable 4-0 defeat of AEK Larnaca.

And the Hammers will be joined by two clubs from Belgium, one from Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Holland and France.

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Former Hammers target Islam Slimani scored Anderlecht's winner in Spain

The first club to qualify for the last eight were Gent, who won 4-1 in Istanbul to beat Baseksehir 5-2 on aggregate. They were joined earlier today by Lech Poznan who thrashed Swedish outfit Djurgarden 5-0 over the two legs.

Next through were Serie A outfit Fiorentina, who completed a 5-1 aggregate win over Sivasspor thanks to a 4-1 win in the second leg - followed by Swiss side Basel, who scored a dramatic 93rd minute equaliser to send their game with Slovan Brtislava into extra time before winning 4-1 on penalties after no further goals arrived.

This evening's ties saw two huge shocks, with Lazio going down 2-1 in the Netherlands (and losing 4-2 on aggregate) to tournament dark horses, AZ Alkmaar and competition favourites Villareal losing 1-0 at home to Anderlecht (who won 1-0 on aggregate).

Also joining West Ham in the last eight are Ligue 1 side Nice, who strolled through to the next stage of the competition courtesy of a 3-1 win against Sheriff (Nice winning 4-1 on aggregate).

The draw for the quarter finals and semi finals can be viewed live on KUMBTV at 1pm tomorrow.

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