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Paqueta Gets 8, Aguerd With 7.5 | West Ham United Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs AZ Alkmaar

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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 AZ Alkmaar at the AFAS Stadium earlier tonight as they looked to secure a win and book a place in the final of the UEFA Europa Conference League. The Hammers were solid in the first half and managed to get to the half-time break with a goalless scoreline.

Pablo Fornals scored the only goal of the game in injury time as David Moyes’ men earned a narrow 1-0 win (2-0 on aggregate) which kept their European dreams alive.

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

GK: Alphonso Areola – 7/10

Areola made a couple of solid saves at the back and earned an important clean sheet on the road.

RB: Thilo Kehrer – 6.5/10

He didn’t do much wrong at the back but got cautioned for time wasting.

CB: Kurt Zouma – 7/10

The French talent kept things solid at the back and did enough to restrict the opposition from scoring tonight.

CB: Nayef Aguerd – 7.5/10

He did his fair share of defending and was a good presence on the ball as well.

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ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS – MAY 18: Lucas Paqueta of West Ham United controls the ball whilst under pressure from Myron van Brederode of AZ Alkmaar during the UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final second leg match between AZ Alkmaar and West Ham United at AFAS Stadion on May 18, 2023 in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

LB: Aaron Cresswell – 6.5/10

Cresswell performed his defensive duties but lacked quality in the final third.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 7/10

He anchored the midfield well and was a strong presence in the air.

CM: Declan Rice – 7/10

The England international got stuck in with some crunching tackles and was not afraid to shoot from long range.

CM: Lucas Paqueta – 8/10

Paqueta was unfortunate to hit the crossbar and was deserves credit for being a constant menace in the final third.

RW: Jarrod Bowen – 6.5/10

Bowen had a few bright moments on the right flank but was wasteful on the attacking end of the field.

ST: Michail Antonio – 7/10

He was a real handful for the opposition defenders but failed to register a goal tonight.

LW: Said Benrahma – 6.5/10

Benrahma worked hard for his side defensively but offered little in the opponent’s half.


LW: Pablo Fornals – 7.5/10

The Spaniard came on and scored the winning goal in injury time.

ST: Danny Ings – N/A

He hardly had any time to make an impact.

CM: Flynn Downes – N/A

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

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