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Bowen Gets 9, Benrahma With 8 | West Ham United Players Rated In Brilliant Win Vs Fiorentina

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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 Fiorentina at the Eden Arena in Prague as they looked to secure a win in the UEFA Europa Conference League final. The Hammers made a solid start to the game and managed to get to the half-time break with a goalless scoreline.

Said Benrahma opened the goal-scoring for the East London club in the 62nd minute from the penalty spot. However, Giacomo Bonaventura equalised for the Italian outfit just five minutes later. Jarrod Bowen ended up netting the winning goal for West Ham in the 90th minute as the contest finished 2-1 in favour of David Moyes’ men.

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

GK: Alphonso Areola – 6.5/10

Areola made a few decent saves at the back and did enough to restrict the opposition to just one goal.

RB: Vladimir Coufal – 8/10

He was solid at the back and produced a decent display going forward.

CB: Kurt Zouma – 6.5/10

The French talent didn’t do much wrong in the game and had to come off with an injury just after the hour mark.

CB: Nayef Aguerd – 6/10

He was slow to react to the danger in the lead-up to Bonaventura’s goal. However, Aguerd was a good presence on the ball.

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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – JUNE 07: Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United celebrates with teammates and fans after scoring the team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa Conference League 2022/23 final match between ACF Fiorentina and West Ham United FC at Eden Arena on June 07, 2023 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

LB: Emerson Palmieri –  6.5/10

Emerson was far from convincing at the back but made some driving runs with the ball on the left flank.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 6.5/10

He struggled to get a foothold in the game at times and produced a hard-fought performance at the centre of the park.

CM: Declan Rice – 7/10

Rice struggled to offer enough protection for his teammates at the back and was a lively presence in the Fiorentina half.

RW: Jarrod Bowen – 9/10

He earned the penalty which Benrahma scored. Bowen went on to score the winning goal in the 90th minute which will live long in the memories of the West Ham fans.

CAM: Lucas Paqueta – 8/10

The Brazilian talent set up Bowen’s winning goal with a great pass and caused a few problems for the opposition defenders.

LW: Said Benrahma – 8/10

He kept his calm to convert from the penalty spot but was mostly ineffective otherwise.

ST: Michail Antonio – 6/10

Antonio was left frustrated for most of the game but failed to threaten the Fiorentina goal.


LW: Pablo Fornals – 6/10

The Spaniard offered very little after coming on as a substitute.

CB: Thilo Kehrer – 7/10

He made a vital block late in the game.

CB: Angelo Ogbonna – N/A

Ogbonna struggled to get into the flow of the game.

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