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West Ham player ratings vs Rapid Vienna: Declan Rice stands out but Mark Noble struggles

The Hammers controlled the game from the start but were only really threatening on set pieces. Rice headed for the post on Aaron Cresswell’s free kick before Craig Dawson’s corner header met the same fate.

Nothing had been quite taken out of open play until the hosts suddenly came to life. Michail Antonio drifted into space to the left of Rapid Vienna’s penalty area and was found by a beautiful cut ball from Andriy Yarmolenko. Antonio kicked the ball in and showed composure for Rice’s square who scored his second goal in as many games in Europe.

Rapid Vienna received a penalty in the second half after German referee Tobias Stieler ruled Ben Johnson tripped substitute Marco Grull, although VAR showed the Viennese tripped over his own foot and that the decision was overturned.

Jarrod Bowen was sent in to kill the game and should have done so after getting around the goalkeeper, to shoot over the bar with his weaker foot.

West Ham finally started turning the screw late and Benrahma ensured the result with a cool finish in the last minute of added time.

Here’s how Jack Rosser rated the Hammers …

Barely troubled but handled everything that happened to him well. Another good performance after his great debut at Old Trafford.

Solid at the back and deservedly not punished following Grull’s fall. Must offer more in the future if he wants to get more appearances right.

Wonderfully unadorned at the back and will feel he should have scored a goal from a set piece. Hit the message with a header and send another above the bar.

Caught a few times, but turned out to be a good option for Moyes in a position where there is a lot of competition.



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