Stated Benrahma scored a brace for West Ham United of their 2-2 draw with Paul Onuachu’s Genk in a Uefa Europa League encounter on Thursday.
Ghana’s Joseph Paintsil gave the Belgian First Division A membership an early lead together with his fourth-minute opener that separated each groups within the first-half.
Benrahma equalised for the guests within the 59th minute and later put them forward after he transformed Aaron Cresswell’s help, with eight minutes left on the clock.
The Algerian gave the Hammers hopes of getting their fourth straight win in Group H, however it was dashed after Tomas Soucek scored an personal objective within the 87th minute.
Benrahma’s brillance on the Cegeka Enviornment made him the primary West Ham United participant to attain a brace in a significant European competitors since David Cross’ hat-trick in opposition to Actual Madrid Castilla within the Cup Winners’ Cup in October 1980.
It additionally made him surpass his tally in his debut 2020-21 season at West Ham United. The 26-year-old has now contributed six objectives and three assists in 15 appearances for the Hammers this time period.
Nigeria’s Onuachu performed from begin to end for Genk, however he couldn’t add to his tally of a objective after 4 appearances within the Europa League this marketing campaign.
Regardless of the dropped factors, the Hammers stay on the summit of Group H with 10 factors after 4 matches. They lead second-placed Genk by six factors, with two video games left to play for.
Declan Rice, in the meantime, hailed the impression of his Algerian teammate Stated Benrahma and he additionally praised him for his ‘unbelievable’ qualities.
“I’ve been with Stated [Benrahma] for over a yr now and I do know what he can do. I’m at all times on at him to maintain doing what he’s doing on the pitch – hold expressing himself and hold having the enjoyable that he has,” Rice advised the club’s website.
“Tonight you’ll be able to see the enjoyable he had, he bailed us out together with his two objectives and he’s an unbelievable participant.”
West Ham will now flip their consideration to Sunday’s Premier League sport in opposition to Liverpool on the London Stadium, earlier than they go to Speedy Wien for his or her subsequent Europa League fixture on November 25.