West Ham continues their winning streak in the Europa League by beating Rapid Vienna on Thursday evening. Declan Rice dropped the ball in the nets of Rapid Vienna shortly before the half-hour mark taking the West Ham to the lead of 1-0.
European win. Under the lights. In front of our fans ❤️
Highlights from our 2-0 win over Rapid Vienna ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/dSxd3214bc
— West Ham United (@WestHam) September 30, 2021
Said Benrahma netted a final minute goal before the final minute second-half stoppage time, ensuring a win for David Moyes’s side. Following onto their success at Dinamo Zagreb, a fortnight ago, West Ham is now on the top of the chart in Group H who now possess a 3-point advantage ahead of back-to-back meetings with the Belgian side Genk to east London on October 21.
Rice was a commanding presence in the midfield throughout the game, who after scoring the opening goal also hit a post with a near-post flick and Craig Dawson saw his header bounce back off the woodwork Substitute Jarrod Bowen also had a chance to score in the second half but missed his chance going too wide with the only defender Kevin Wimmer in the line to beat.
“I want to try and be in Europe after Christmas by finishing one or two, so we want to win the group if we can”, Moyes said after the match.
West Ham, who made seven changes in their side to what they played against Leeds last weekend, did mostly threat from set-pieces before going ahead. West Ham had fallen back but fortune was on their side as they managed to not concede a goal on a penalty with just under 20 minutes left.
The Hammers boss said: “The performance I wouldn’t put as high as some we’ve had this season, but we are still learning at this level. We did the job and we were worthy winners.
“It took a really well-worked goal and a good goal by Declan. He has stepped up, he has the ability to get forward and score goals and we are encouraging him to do that. It’s good that he’s got two in this competition already.
“He’s beginning to show a little bit more, I think he’s more than capable, and he’s got a great shot in him too. But overall he’s a really good, developing midfield player.”