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Soucek Gets 8.5, Rice With 8 | West Ham United Players Rated In Impressive Win Vs Sevilla

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

West Ham United entertained Sevilla at the London Stadium earlier tonight as they focused on overturning their 1-0 deficit from the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last 16 tie. The Hammers made a good start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 39th minute courtesy of Tomas Soucek’s good header. David Moyes’ men went into the half-time break 1-0 up on the scoreline.

Both sides canceled each other out in the second half as the match finished 1-0 in favour of the Hammers after normal time.

Andriy Yarmolenko came off the bench and scored the deciding goal in the 112th minute which was enough to give West Ham a 2-0 victory after extra-time. The Hammers managed to win the tie by a 2-1 scoreline on aggregate and successfully secured a place in the quarterfinal stage of the Europa League.

Let’s take a look at how each West Ham player performed during the clash against Sevilla.

GK: Alphonse Areola – 6.5/10

The Hammers keeper made two solid saves and secured an important clean sheet tonight.

RB: Ben Johnson – 7/10

He was strong in the air and cleared his lines when required inside his half. He was even bright going forward.

CB: Craig Dawson – 7/10

Dawson sensed the danger quickly and did enough to keep the Sevilla attackers at bay for the whole 120 minutes.

CB: Kurt Zouma – 7/10

The Frenchman made numerous clearances at the back and did enough to keep his clean sheet intact.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: David Moyes speaks to Ben Johnson of West Ham United before extra time during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Leg Two match between West Ham United and Sevilla FC at Olympic Stadium on March 17, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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LB: Aaron Cresswell – 7/10

Cresswell performed his defensive duties well and engineered some good chances in the final third.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 8.5/10

He scored the all-important equaliser for West Ham in the first half. Soucek even offered decent protection for his teammates at the back.

CM: Declan Rice – 8/10

Rice anchored the midfield with conviction and caused a few problems for the opposition in the final third.

CM: Manuel Lanzini – 7.5/10

He had his fair share of positive moments in the opponent’s half but didn’t do enough to find the back of the net.

RW: Pablo Fornals – 7/10

The Spaniard caused a few headaches for the opposition using his creativity and guile.

ST: Michail Antonio – 8/10

Antonio was a constant threat and made plenty of exciting runs with the ball.

LW: Said Benrahma – 6.5/10

He had a couple of bright moments in the game but never looked like he would score.


LW: Andriy Yarmolenko – 7/10

He came on and scored the only goal of extra-time which helped West Ham seal qualification into the next round.

CM: Mark Noble – N/A

Noble didn’t get enough time to influence the game.

CB: Issa Diop – N/A

He came on to see out the win for the Hammers.

RB: Ryan Fredericks – N/A

Fredericks featured in the dying embers of the game.

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