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Antonio Gets 8, Lanzini With 7.5 | West Ham United Players Rated In Impressive Win Vs AEK Larnaca

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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 faced off against AEK Larnaca at the AEK Arena earlier this evening as they hoped to earn a win in the UEFA Europa Conference League. The Hammers made a good start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 36th minute when Michail Antonio found the back of the net. Antonio doubled his team’s advantage in the first half injury-time as West Ham went into the half-time interval 2-0 up on the scoreline.

The East London giants sat on their lead well in the second half and earned an impressive 2-0 win on the road.

Let’s take a look at how each West Ham United player fared during the match against AEK Larnaca.

GK: Alphonso Areola – 7/10

He made a few decent saves at the back and earned an impressive clean sheet away from home.

RB: Thilo Kehrer – 5.5/10

Kehrer struggled to prove his worth on the defensive end of the field and put in an uninspiring display tonight.

CB: Kurt Zouma – 6/10

The French talent had a couple of nervy moments in the game and was mostly solid at the back.

CB: Nayef Aguerd – 7/10

Aguerd did his fair share of defending but won’t be happy after conceding two goals this evening.

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LB: Aaron Cresswell – 6/10

Cresswell looked shaky when defending inside his half and offered very little going forward.

CM: Flynn Downes – 6/10

He passed the ball well at times but didn’t offer adequate protection for his teammates at the back.

CM: Declan Rice – 7/10

Rice looked like a class act for West Ham at the centre of the park but got replaced in the 60th minute.

RW: Pablo Fornals – 6/10

The Spaniard struggled to get a foothold in the game and never looked like he would score.

CAM: Manuel Lanzini – 7.5/10

The Argentine talent caused a few headaches for the opposition defenders but failed to register a goal.

LW: Said Benrahma – 7/10

He was a constant menace in the first half but was substituted at the hour mark.

ST: Michail Antonio – 8/10

Antonio scored two quick goals in the latter stages of the first half which was enough for West Ham to snatch a convincing win this evening.


RW: Jarrod Bowen – 6/10

He offered very little after coming off the bench.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 6/10

Soucek added some energy to David Moyes’ midfield.

ST: Gianluca Scamacca – 6/10

He struggled to find the back of the net.

CM: Lucas Paqueta – N/A

Paqueta came on for the final few minutes of the game.

ST: Maxwell Cornet – N/A

He didn’t get enough time to influence the contest.

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