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Antonio And Soucek Get 7 | West Ham United Players Rated In Poor Loss Vs Eintracht Frankfurt

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Abhinab Ghosh
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West Ham United welcomed Eintracht Frankfurt at the London Stadium earlier tonight as they looked to earn a win in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final tie. The Hammers made a poor start to the contest as they conceded the opening goal in the first minute when Ansgar Knauff scored with a good header. However, the Hammers managed to equalise in the 21st minute courtesy of Michail Antonio’s goal from close range. Both sides went into the half-time interval with a 1-1 scoreline.

The visitors regained their lead in the 54th minute as Daichi Kamada scored with a left-footed finish. The East London outfit failed to come up with a response and ended up losing the contest by a 2-1 scoreline.

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

GK: Alphonse Areola – 6.5/10

Areola made a couple of solid saves during the game and was tidy with his passing. However, he won’t be pleased after allowing two goals tonight.

RB: Ben Johnson – 6.5/10

He tried to keep things tidy at the back and made one key chance in the opponent’s half.

CB: Craig Dawson – 6/10

The English centre-back made a couple of clearances but failed to keep the Frankfurt attackers quiet.

CB: Kurt Zouma – 6.5/10

The French defensive ace made some essential defensive contributions but will be disappointed after failing to keep a clean sheet in both halves. However, he bagged an assist for setting up Antonio’s goal.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Michail Antonio of West Ham United celebrates with team mates Jarrod Bowen and Declan Rice of West Ham United after scoring their sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Leg One match between West Ham United and Eintracht Frankfurt at Olympic Stadium on April 28, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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LB: Aaron Cresswell – 6.5/10

He had some bright moments in the game and managed to create one good chance in the final third.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 7/10

Soucek earned the ball back a few times and had a few strikes at goal. However, he failed to get his name on the scoresheet.

CM: Declan Rice – 7/10

Rice anchored the midfield with a lot of conviction and orchestrated a couple of promising opportunities for his teammates to score.

RW: Jarrod Bowen – 6.5/10

The English speedster was a real threat in the attacking end of the pitch and was unfortunate to hit the post with his goal-bound attempt.

CAM: Manuel Lanzini – 6/10

The Argentine attacker had a quiet game in the Frankfurt half and only managed to engineer one good chance up top.

LW: Pablo Fornals – 6.5/10

Fornals made two good opportunities in the final third but failed to register a goal.

ST: Michail Antonio – 7/10

Antonio scored the all-important equaliser for West Ham in the 21st minute. However, he was mostly ineffective in the second half.

Substitutes:

CAM: Said Benrahma – 7/10

Benrahma caused a lot of problems for the German outfit and was unlucky to hit the post in the second half.

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