West Ham player ratings vs Dinamo Zagreb: Dominant Kurt Zouma a class apart on debut

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West Ham made light work of their first-ever European group game with a 2-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.

Michail Antonio and Declan Rice capitalised on loose Dinamo passes either side of half-time to give the visitors a deserved victory over the Croatians, who thrashed Tottenham 3-0 here last season.

Dan Kilpatrick was in Zagreb to run the rule over the West Ham players...

Lukasz Fabianski 6

A quiet night for the goalkeeper, who was not forced to make a single save, even if a couple of efforts flew narrowly past his far post.

Ryan Fredericks 7

Might have doubled West Ham’s lead after bursting onto Antonio’s flick and testing the goalkeeper. Got forward well and his pace was useful in recovery.

Kurt Zouma 9

Looked a class apart on an imposing debut. Won everything in the air and commanded the back line to keep Dinamo at arm’s length.

Issa Diop 7

Occasionally looked a little off the pace on his first appearance of the season but played his part in a solid rearguard showing.

Aaron Cresswell 7

Set pieces were improved and caused Dinamo problems. Dealt well with his man, standing up defensively when needed.

Declan Rice 8

Took his goal superbly with a surging run and low finish. Along with Soucek, commanded the midfield to keep the Hammers in control.

Tomas Soucek 8

A typically busy box-to-box display from the big Czech, who shielded the back four and got forward when needed.

Manuel Lanzini 6

Lucky not to be sent off at the start of the second half for a rash lunge when already on a booking and was promptly hooked. Tidy on the ball, as West Ham dominated the first half.

Nikola Vlasic 7

Saw plenty of the ball and lively in the first half on his first start for the club, firing just wide shortly before the interval. Tired after the break and was hooked for Bowen after a quiet spell.

Pablo Fornals 6

A peripheral figure for long periods and occasionally wasteful in possession. Tested the goalkeeper with a low shot late on.

Michail Antonio 8

Continued his hot streak with a fifth goal in as many games – a great piece of anticipation to intercept a dreadful back pass. Turned provider with a great flick for Fredericks. An impressive all-round centre-forward display.


Said Benrahma (Lanzini 51’) 6

Limited impact but West Ham were happy with their lead after Rice’s goal.

Jarrod Bowen (Vlasic 69’) 6

Looked to link up with Antonio and inject a spark in the second half. Will hope to start against United Sunday.

Mark Noble (Rice 82’) 6

Gave Rice a rest for the final five minutes. Must have been proud to take the armband in a European game.

Arthur Masuaku (Fornals 82’) 6

Helped West Ham keep the ball in the final 10 minutes.

Andriy Yarmolenko (Antonio 82’) 6

Had a late chance at the back post.

Not used: Areola, Randolph, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Johnson, Kral.

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