West Ham United faced off against Genk at the Cegeka Arena earlier this evening as they looked to earn a win on the road in the UEFA Europa League group stages. The Hammers made a sloppy start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the fourth minute when Joseph Paintsil found the back of the net for the home team. David Moyes’ men failed to come up with a response in the first half and went into the half-time interval 1-0 down on the scoreline.
The Hammers managed to net the equaliser in the 59th minute when Said Benrahma got his name on the scoresheet. It was Benrahma who scored again in the 82nd minute to give West Ham the lead on the night. However, Genk managed to find a leveler late in the game as Tomas Soucek came off the bench to score an unfortunate own goal. The contest finished with the London outfit being held to a 2-2 draw in the Europa League.
Let’s take a look at how each West Ham player performed during the match against Genk.
GK: Alphonse Areola – 6.5/10
The Hammers keeper made a few important saves during the game but still ended up conceding two goals tonight.
RB: Vladimír Coufal – 6.5/10
Coufal made a couple of crucial defensive contributions and picked up a good assist for setting up Benrahma’s first goal.
CB: Craig Dawson – 6/10
He struggled to keep things solid at the back but was a threat at the other end.
CB: Issa Diop – 6/10
The French centre-back got stuck in with a few tackles to earn the ball back for his team. However, he won’t be pleased after shipping in two goals this evening.
LB: Aaron Cresswell – 7.5/10
Cresswell made multiple chances for his teammates to score. He ended the match with an assist to his name.
CM: Declan Rice – 7/10
Rice anchored the midfield to the best of his ability and also made a few clever runs with the ball from midfield.
CM: Mark Noble – 6/10
The veteran midfielder failed to get a foothold in the game and got replaced just before the hour mark.
LM: Arthur Masuaku – 6.5/10
Masuaku made a couple of interceptions and was a constant menace in the opposition half.
CAM: Manuel Lanzini – 6.5/10
Lanzini did his fair share of defending and made two decent runs with the ball.
RM: Said Benrahma – 9.5/10
He caused all kinds of problems for the opposition and scored two goals in the second half to cap off a fine performance.
ST: Michail Antonio – 6.5/10
Antonio was always looking to threaten the opposition goal and even completed some eye-catching dribbles. However, he got substituted early in the second half.
CM: Tomas Soucek – 5/10
He came off the bench and scored an unfortunate own goal.
LM: Pablo Fornals – 6/10
He offered very little going forward.
ST: Jarrod Bowen – 6/10
Bowen was full of energy but didn’t get a sniff at goal.
CM: Alex Kral – N/A
He hardly had any time to influence the game.