And Paqueta makes four

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 6th December 2022

Lucas Paqueta became the first Hammer to score in this year's World Cup Finals from open play - and at the right end of the pitch - in Brazil's 4-1 thrashing of South Korea.

While Nayef Aguerd was credited with scoring the 100th goal of the tournament last week in Morocco's 2-1 win against Canada, it was unfortunately an own goal.

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And a mere matter of hours before Brazil's last 16 tie with the Koreans, on-loan Nikola Vlasic - who is spending the season in Italy with Torino - netted the first penalty in Croatia's 3-1 penalty shootout success against Japan.

Therefore when Paqueta fires home Brazil's fourth in the opening half against a shellshocked South Korea, he was the first Hammer to score a legitimate, regular goal for his team in the tournament.

Paqueta became the fourth player on West Ham's books to secure a spot in the quarter finals following Declan Rice (England), Alphonse Areola (France) and Vlasic (Croatia).

And with Aguerd's Morocco set to face Spain at 3pm this afternoon, there could yet be five Hammers still with an interest in this year's competition. Thilo Keher remains the only Hammer to have left Qatar so far after Germany were knocked out at the group stage.

However with England and France locking horns on Sunday, and Brazil facing Croatia in their quarter final tie this weekend, only a maximum of three Hammers can make the last four; Morocco or Spain will face the winners of this evening's last 16 encounter between Portugal and Switzerland in the next round.

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