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West Ham right at home in Europa League as they take control of group


After two games at a level this group has never experienced before, David Moyes’ side are three points clear at the top of Group H and couldn’t look more at home.

Moyes made seven changes from the side that beat Leeds in the Premier League at the weekend, with Mark Noble and Andriy Yarmolenko both given rare starts.

With Kurt Zouma and Tomas Soucek named on the bench, this was a weaker side than the one that was sent out for the Europa League opener in Zagreb and it showed a touch.

The Hammers controlled proceedings but were not quite clicking going forward, though it felt they were holding themselves back from going all out at their Austrian visitors.

The main threat in the first half came from set-pieces, Rice and Craig Dawson both heading onto the woodwork.

Vienna were sitting tight and frustrating Moyes’ side, though when space opened up the Hammers quickly got into gear.

Yarmolenko picked the ball up on the turn and quickly clipped forward to Michail Antonio, who selflessly squared Declan Rice.

Having started the move on the halfway line, Rice charged into the six-yard box to tap in and become the first West Ham player to score at home in a main draw European game since Frank Lampard. The former England midfielder would certainly have been proud of a run like that.


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