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Cresswell Gets 4, Rice With 7 | West Ham United Players Rated In Narrow Loss Vs Eintracht Frankfurt

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Abhinab Ghosh
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West Ham United faced off against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Deutsche Bank Park earlier tonight as they looked to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final clash. The Hammers made a poor start to the game as Aaron Cresswell was sent off by the referee in the 19th minute. The home team made their numerical advantage count and struck the opener just seven minutes later courtesy of Rafael Borré’s good finish. David Moyes’ men struggled to get a foothold in the game and went into the half-time break 1-0 down on the scoreline.

Both sides canceled each other out in the second half as the contest finished with the East London outfit suffering a 1-0 defeat on the road (3-1 on aggregate) which knocked them out of the Europa League.

Let’s take a look at how each West Ham player performed during the match against Eintracht Frankfurt.

GK: Alphonse Areola – 6.5/10

He made a few important saves but will be disappointed after conceding a goal in the first half.

RB: Vladimír Coufal – 6.5/10

Coufal earned the ball back a few times and made one decent run with the ball.

CB: Craig Dawson – 6.5/10

The English centre-back cleared his lines when needed and made one crucial interception at the back. However, he was a bit untidy with his passing.

CB: Kurt Zouma – 6.5/10

The Frenchman was strong in the air and secured the ball back a few times for his team.

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – MAY 05: Rafael Santos Borre of Eintracht Frankfurt scores their side’s first goal
past Alphonse Areola of West Ham United during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Leg Two match between Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham United at Deutsche Bank Park on May 05, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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LB: Aaron Cresswell – 4/10

He let his teammates down by getting sent off early in the contest.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 7/10

Soucek won multiple aerial duels and anchored the midfield really well. However, he failed to influence the game in the Frankfurt half.

CM: Declan Rice – 7/10

Rice managed to influence the game at both ends of the field but failed to register a goal.

RW: Jarrod Bowen – 6.5/10

He had a few bright moments in the final third but lacked quality in front of the opponent’s goal.

CAM: Manuel Lanzini – 6/10

Lanzini struggled to get into the game early on and had to come off in the 21st minute.

LW: Pablo Fornals – 6/10

The Spanish talent got stuck in with a few tackles but never got a sniff at goal.

ST: Michail Antonio – 6/10

He had a couple of lively moments but was mostly quiet during the 90 minutes.

Substitutes:

LB: Ben Johnson – 7/10

Johnson gave a good account of himself on the defensive third of the pitch.

CAM: Said Benrahma – 6/10

He made one good chance after coming off the bench.

RW: Andriy Yarmolenko – N/A

Yarmolenko hardly had any time to make an impact.

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