Sport Declan Rice wonder goal sets precedent as West Ham dominate in Europa bow
Rice and Phillips’ partnership makes fools of those that cast them as rivals
The start of a beautiful friendship.Ferdinand and Vidic. Baresi and Costacurta. Pique and Puyol. Chiellini and Bonucci. Romario and Bebeto. Cole and Yorke. Quinn and Phillips. Shearer and Sutton. You get the picture: duos so good that their surnames roll off the tongue together, as if they were a high-calibre law firm.
Declan Rice showed why he has become a transfer target for England’s heavy hitters after his superb solo goal that showcased every aspect of his game helped West Ham sink Dinamo Zagreb 2-0.
Kurt Zouma was handed his debut in a centre-back pairing with Issa Diop in West Ham’s first European tie since their Europa League play-off round defeat to Astra Giurgiu in 2016. Nikola Vlasic was also given his first start incolours, while Michail Antonio led the line ahead of an enforced absence this coming weekend after seeing red versus Southampton.
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West Ham settled quickly and began causing Zagreb all manner of problems from set pieces. Antonio also looked lively, though saw appeals for a penalty waved away after taking a tumble under light contact from Josip Sutalo.
It was otherwise a largely forgettable opening 20 minutes, though that soon gave way when the deadly Antonio pounced.
The striker was alert and charged on to an under-hit back-pass a split second before the goalkeeper could clear the ball. With the stopper taking himself out of the equation with a comical air shot, Antonio provided the finishing touch when rolling the ball into the empty net.
1999 – Michail Antonio is West Ham's first goalscorer in major European competition (excl. qualifiers) since Marc-Vivien Foé against Osijek in September 1999. Toes.
West Ham dealt another potential Declan Rice blow as news emerges
Coming after star West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice turned down two new contract offers in the summer, it appears the club have been dealt another potential blow surrounding the player. The Lowdown: Rice new deal saga… Reliable outlets like The Evening Standard and The Guardian reported over the summer that Rice snubbed two fresh […]Reliable outlets like The Evening Standard and The Guardian reported over the summer that Rice snubbed two fresh deal offers at the London Stadium and wished to be informed of any incoming bids.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe)
The lead could’ve soon been doubled through Ryan Fredericks. A flowing move down the right saw Antonio pick out the marauding right-back with a deft first-time flick. Fredericks raced through on goal but saw his strike repelled by the legs of Dominik Livakovic.
In typical fashion under Moyes, the Hammers were well organised and offered little encouragement to their Croatian counterparts.
As half time approached, West Ham had hoovered up nearly two-thirds of possession and had restricted Zagreb to just two shots both off target.
Five minutes after the break, Declan Rice summed up why he is one of English football’s most talked about players.
Rice first intercepted an errant pass before embarking on a 50-yard run into Zagreb’s penalty area. He shrugged off the attentions of a would-be tackler en route before firing a low strike between the keeper’s legs to round off a superb solo goal in style.
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West Ham United star Declan Rice has been linked with a move to Manchester United next summer, via ESPN. The Lowdown: Rice shines for Hammers Rice, valued at £63 million, has gotten better and better since breaking onto the scene in the 2017/18 season. Originally a centre-back and a defensive midfielder, the 22-year-old has drastically improved […]Rice, valued at £63 million, has gotten better and better since breaking onto the scene in the 2017/18 season. Originally a centre-back and a defensive midfielder, the 22-year-old has drastically improved on his game and is now one of David Moyes’ most well-rounded players.
Declan Rice! He kept going and going!
The West Ham skipper takes matters into his own hands, running all the way from inside his own half!
This lad gets better and better!
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball)
Falling two behind finally sparked the hosts into action. Zagreb twice came close to pulling one back but on each occasion their shots drifted agonisingly wide of Lukasz Fabianski’s far post.
Those near-misses did not set in motion a shifting of momentum, however. Within minutes, West Ham were back in cruise control and rarely looked like ceding their advantage.
Moyes rang the changes to ensure his side remained fresh and the likes of Said Benrahma and Mark Noble helped guide West Ham through the remaining minutes with remarkable ease.
'Rice should have' - Roshane Thomas wanted West Ham star to do one thing during MUFC defeat .
The Athletic‘s West Ham United correspondent Roshane Thomas has said that he believes Declan Rice and not Mark Noble should have taken the injury-time penalty against Manchester United on Sunday. The Lowdown: Late drama in London The Irons suffered their first defeat of the season at home to the Red Devils despite missing an injury-time […]The Irons suffered their first defeat of the season at home to the Red Devils despite missing an injury-time penalty from Noble, who had scored his previous 10 penalties before this weekend.