Rapid Vienna 0-2 West Ham: Player rating

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West Ham secured the top spot in their Europa League group with one match left after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Rapid Wien on Thursday night.

Andriy Yarmolenko put the Hammers in the lead with his first goal of the season, before Mark Noble doubled the lead from the penalty spot in stoppage time in the first half.

The game was played behind closed doors due to renewed Covid restrictions in force in Austria and the atmosphere was unsurprisingly very flat as a result. The impact from that was that it was easy for both sides to lose the intensity of their game and sometimes limited the first half to boring.

Even the opening goal was underestimated when it came, possibly due to the lack of noise in the stadium, with Yarmolenko free in the penalty area and nodded quite easily from Nikola Vlasic’s high post from the left. It also brought more life to David Moyes’ team.

Yarmolenko then played a major role in the second West Ham goal not long after, cut into the box after falling in front of Rapid defender Maximilian Hofmann. Noble confidently stepped up on his return to the side and converted high to the left of the goalkeeper.

The second half was West Hams losing. Rapid offered very few threats throughout, with many off-target efforts in the final stages the closest they really came.

It could have been 3-0 at the hour when Jarrod Bowen sent a goal effort up close, only to see it blocked on the line and cleared. He could not really believe that it had not entered. 17-year-old debutant Sonny Perkins also went close and drew a reflex save from Rapid’s Paul Gartler.

Arthur Masuaku had a good night on the left wing / HANS PUNZ / GettyImages

Alphonse Areola (GK) – 6/10 – In for Lukasz Fabianski but mostly a spectator except for a few simple saves.

Vladimir Coufal (RB) – 6/10 – This match would always be more about getting ahead than defending for him.

Craig Dawson (CB) – 6/10 – Did not have to face a direct threat. Comfortable in possession.

Issa Diop (CB) – 6/10 – Similar story as his partner. Will face tougher enemies.

Arthur Masuaku (LB) – 7/10 – Covered a lot of ground on the left flank. Won the ball back often and stopped attacks.

Mark Noble scored West Ham’s second from the penalty spot / Christian Hofer / GettyImages

Mark Noble (CM) – 8/10 – Double the lead in the first half from the penalty spot. Looked good despite a relative lack of chances this season.

Tomas Soucek (CM) – 6/10 – Could probably have scored at one stage in the second half. Took off with the job done 65 minutes in.

Manuel Lanzini (AM) – 6/10 – Decent on the ball, rarely gave it away.

Andriy Yarmolenko got the ball rolling for West Ham / Christian Hofer / GettyImages

Andriy Yarmolenko (RW) – 7/10 – Hadn’t really done much until he haunted in from the back post to head Hammers in front. Won the penalty in the first half stoppage time shortly after.

Jarrod Bowen (ST) – 6/10 – The mission to lead the nines as a “false nine”. Got an effort cleared from the line on the timeline.

Nikola Vlasic (LW) – 6/10 – Nice cross from the left to set up Yarmolenko.

Alex Kral impressed in his much needed playing time / Christian Hofer / GettyImages

Said Benrahma (ST) – 7/10 – Bring some renewed energy in the second half. Played initially through the middle and then switched to the left.

Alex Kral (CM) – 6/10 – Got barely half an hour to get more vital minutes under the belt. Can be happy with his performance.

Pablo Fornals (AM) – 6/10 – Like too much for Lanzini in the role ‘number 10’.

Ryan Fredericks (LB) – 6/10

Sonny Perkins (ST) – 7/10 – Senior debut for the 17-year-old from Hackney. Decent movements and forced a brilliant save within seconds of it coming in.

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