West Ham thrashes Southampton to secure Europa League spot


West Ham 3-0 Southampton

West Ham clinched sixth place in the Premier League – and a spot in next season’s Europa League group stage – after comfortably beating Southampton in front of 10,000 supporters at London Stadium.

David Moyes’ side needed only a draw to guarantee a top-six finish, but Pablo Fornals’ first-half brace ensured the Hammers end a superb campaign on 65 points – their highest tally in the top flight.

Fornals opened the scoring against the run of play, firing into an empty net after Alex McCarthy had steered Jarrod Bowen’s goal-bound effort into his path on the edge of the six-yard area.

The 25-year-old doubled his tally three minutes later, latching on to Vladimir Coufal’s low cross and finding the net via a slight deflection off Saints defender Jannik Vestergaard.

Declan Rice completed the scoring late on with a composed finish from Fornals’ clipped pass.

Southampton finish the campaign in 15th after suffering their 19th league defeat of the season.