Europa League
West Ham United 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 2

Thursday, 28th April 2022
by Chris Wilkerson



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Player Ratings

Alphonse Areola
It's a compliment to the team that they can win away in Europe and have the goalkeeper given a generally average rating. One good save.


Vladimir Coufal
Solid in defence, one Ekambi trick aside that truly sent him, and a presence down the flank going forward. Steady and unspectacular, but consistent and reliable.


Ben Johnson
The dart down the line after winning the ball back was game-changing, and should be a reminder to him that he can be a complete full back.


Issa Diop
Deserves as much credit as anyone, even those who played better, because coming into this side with the expectation it had and the relatively difficult performance against Brentford, then an early yellow card. You could have seen Diop crumble, but he didn't. The resilience he has will hold him in good stead. Some big headers at the back and the second most successful pass completion in the team.


Craig Dawson
The Ballon D'awson. His defending was exemplary, his goal perfect. Harsher critics will mark him down for his passing, but not this reporter. Superb. Man of the match.


Declan Rice
A couple of loose touches, but otherwise a sensational performance. His goal caps it off, but he was quietly brilliant as the shield. Let others talk about assists and goals, Dec can be the best in the world in that role guarding the defence. Any doubts about his 10/10 were silenced by his post-match interview and Twitter feed.


Tomas Soucek
He wasn't at his best in the first half of the first leg, really only looking good when he was throwing himself about defensively. Today, you wouldn't know he had been troubled by Lyon previously. Brave pushing forward, a superb partnership with Rice.


Pablo Fornals
His pass completion being in the 60% area should not allow a 10, but Jack can get the finer details (and he always does, so excellently). But two assists, the vision and delivery of that pass to Bowen in particular. He works so hard, he's back defending one second and then you see him leading the press or chasing down lost balls.


Jarrod Bowen
When you wanted Jarrod Bowen to be there, there he was. Having a quiet game isn't really a problem for him, he will still make those runs and try and be close to Antonio. It works. Took his goal very well on his weaker foot. That's the Jarrod Bowen England need.


Manuel Lanzini
He's had better games on the ball, but his work rate was exceptional. He and Fornals are on a wavelength, and it included some smart switches of position between the two.


Michail Antonio
What a front line he is on his own. When the others weren't getting into the game, when Lyon had a grip on it, Antonio came to the fore and refused to let his side be pushed down. He won balls with physicality and brains, making lay-offs and making things happen. Often, if he doesn't score, his selfless work goes unnoticed by the negative few. It won't tonight.



Substitutes

Mark Noble
(Replaced Lanzini, 76) A 10 just for being Mark Noble in a winning West Ham team in a Europa League quarter-final.


Andriy Yarmolenko
(Replaced Antonio, 84) Not that he had a lot to do, but credit to him for coming on and working hard, pressing and making a nuisance of himself.


Said Benrahma
(Replaced Rice, 90) Not on long enough to be noticed.


Lukasz Fabianski
Did not play.


Darren Randolph
Did not play.


Ryan Fredericks
Did not play.


Ajibola Alese
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Alphonse Areola, Vladimir Coufal, Ben Johnson, Issa Diop, Craig Dawson, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen, Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio.

Goals: Craig Dawson 35 Declan Rice 44 Jarrod Bowen 48              .

Booked: Issa Diop 21 Pablo Fornals 85        .

Sent off: None.

Eintracht Frankfurt: Pollersback, Gusto, Denayer (Reine-Adelaïde 89), Lukeba, Emerson, Mendes, Faivre (Paqueta 46), Toko Ekambi, Aouar (B Barcola 71), Ndombele (Tete 46), Dembele.

Subs not used: M Barcola, Bonnevie, Kadewere, Henrique, Dubois, Keïta, Da Silva, Boateng.

Goals: .

Booked: B Barcola (81).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Sandro Schärer.

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Craig Dawson.