Rice was on the scoresheet as the Hammers produced a magnificent away performance to win 3-0 on the night and reach the semi-finals of the competition after a 4-1 aggregate success.
The first leg had ended in a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium, with West Ham playing the entire second half with ten men after Aaron Cresswell’s red card.
Before the return to Parc Olympique Lyonnais, the Europa League Twitter account had asked “What are the four [quarter-finalists] going to progress?”, to which Lyon’s English account replied: “Are you really asking as if there’s a chance we won’t cross?
Rice responded after helping end the Ligue 1 side’s European run with: “It’s aged well.”
The 23-year-old also referenced the tweet, along with Moussa Dembele’s wink after Cresswell’s first-leg red card, as further motivating factors during his post-match interview with BT Sport .
“These things come back to bite you,” he said. “We stayed silent, put on a performance and now West Ham are in the semi-finals. What more do we want?