Rapid Vienna was again no match for West Ham, who made sure of top spot in their Europa League group with a win. In last night’s Group H Europa League football news, West Ham beat Rapid Vienna again, and this time by 0-2.
West Ham continued their excellent Europa League campaign with a 2-0 win at Rapid Vienna. This victory has confirmed the Premier League wonders’ place at the top of Group H on Thursday.
David Moyes’ men are fourth in the Premier League but have arguably been even more impressive in Europe. After all this 0-2 away win is their fourth victory in five matches.
This match played out without a crowd as a lockdown kept home fans away. And as for the away fans, West Ham’s travelling supporters are anyway facing a traveling ban from entering stadiums. (On top of this, West Ham themselves also faced sanctions.)
Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Mark Noble shortly before half-time teed up a straightforward triumph for the Hammers.
The Rapid faithful would not have been particularly impressed by what they saw even if they had been present.
The margin of West Ham’s victory could have been wider.
Europa League Football News – West Ham Beat Rapid Vienna Again
Jarrod Bowen passed up the best chance for an early opener when he fumbled Arthur Masuaku’s superb sixth-minute cross. He toed the ball to go agonisingly wide.
In any case, West Ham secured the lead that they deserved six minutes from the end of the first half.
Yarmolenko nodded Nikola Vlasic’s teasing centre back across Paul Gartler for his first Hammers goal since January.
The scorer earned a clip from Maximilian Hofmann for a stoppage-time spot-kick, which Noble promptly dispatched.
West Ham kept pushing for another goal and Bowen was wasteful again. The latter shot straight at Gartler at the end of a wonderful run.
Then he blasted against the legs of retreating defender Filip Stojkovic after the goalkeeper had parried Tomas Soucek’s header. This was following a smart initial save.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch, Rapid Vienna threatened only fleetingly.
Overall, West Ham’s comfortable position meant they could disregard events elsewhere in the group and let Sonny Perkins debut.
And the debutant even almost scored with his first touch in what was a perfectly productive night for the visitors.