The Hammers were sensational in France, winning 3-0 on the night to give them a 4-1 win on aggregate. Rice got on the scoresheet to double the lead after Craig Dawson’s open header, before Jarrod Bowen cast doubt on the result after the break.
In the first leg at the London Stadium, Lyon striker Moussa Dembele was seen giving a wink after Aaron Cresswell was sent off in difficult circumstances.
Ahead of the second leg, Lyon’s official Twitter account responded to a Europa League tweet previewing the second leg and suggested it was certain they would overtake West Ham. They posted, “Are you really asking like there’s a chance we won’t cross?”
These are all things the West Ham players noted ahead of the trip to France and they spoke on the pitch with a dominating display that sets up a four-way clash against Eintracht Frankfurt.
“There were some incentives for us to go out there and win,” Rice said.
“Obviously Dembele winks at the camera in the first leg, and their Twitter admin kind of says they don’t see how they’re not going through.
“These things come back to bite you. We stayed silent, put on a performance and now West Ham are in the semi-finals. What more do we want?
After the game, Rice mocked Lyon’s account with her own tweet. He said, “It’s aged well.”