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West Ham managed a 2-1 win over Freiburg to make it four wins in the last five matches in all competitions. Freiburg have failed to capitalise on the winning start to the group matches. West Ham are unbeaten in the last 17 European games – a new record for an English club.
SC Freiburg vs West Ham: Timeline
8’ – Jarrod Bowen was able to find Paqueta in the middle of the box with great precision, as he opened the scoring inside the first 10 minutes with a brilliant header
12’ – Kudus produces a low shot that tests Noah Atubolu, who could only divert it to the post
45+3’ – Ward-Prowse takes a good shot at the Freiburg goal after a brilliant find from Paqueta
49’ – Sallai makes the most of a goalmouth melee to score just after the break
55’ – Sildillia hits the bar after a looping header over the West Ham goalkeeper following a brilliant cross from Hofler
67’ – West Ham are back in front with Aguerd taking advantage of a mediocre defensive display from Freiburg
The Big Stat
Impressive Jarrod Bowen helps West Ham extend the impressive start
Jarrod Bowen has been in red-hot form over the last few weeks. Apart from playing a crucial role in a string of recent matches, the England international came up with an assist against Freiburg. He has scored or assisted a goal in six of the last eight games.
Jarrod Bowen’s game by numbers vs Freiburg:
16 passes completed
6 duels won
6 touches in opp. box (most)
4 take-ons completed (most)
1 chance created
Showing why he got that England call. 📞 pic.twitter.com/0iud2RZWG1
— Squawka Live (@Squawka_Live) October 5, 2023
SC Freiburg vs West Ham player ratings: Star Player
Lucas Paqueta (West Ham) – 8.50
Lucas Paqueta provided a match-winning performance for West Ham with the midfielder also picking up his first goal in almost 2 months. The Brazilian scored for the first time in seven matches and he required just eight minutes to do so. Lucas Paqueta made it extremely hard for Eggestein to have a solid midfield presence, as he was able to float around creating havoc.
SC Freiburg vs West Ham Player Ratings: Very Little Threat from the Hosts
Freiburg’s suffered a second home defeat in three matches after a 2-1 loss against West Ham. It was a poor performance from Freiburg who were unable to come up with clinical opportunities in the game. A decent chunk (4) of the 11 opportunities created by the team were from outside the box. Freiburg did hit the woodwork and had five shots on target in the game.
SC Freiburg player ratings
Noah Atubolu 5/10 – Committed an error which led to a goal
Kilian Sildillia 6/10 – Hit the woodwork with a decent shot
Matthias Ginter 7/10 – Best defensive performance in the Freiburg line-up
Philipp Lienhart 6/10 – Could not keep a fluid offence quiet
Lukas Kuebler 6/10 – Decent aerial threat
Roland Sallai 7/10 – Tried to instigate a comeback with the only goal
Maximilian Eggestein 6/10 – Caught out by Paqueta’s movement
Nicolas Hoefler 7/10 – Mature display
Vincenzo Grifo 6/10 – Little impact
Chukwubuike Adamu 6/10 – Was overshadowed by West Ham’s defenders
Lucas Hoeler 6/10 – Saw very little of the ball
Dream Run Continues for the Hammers
West Ham’s impressive start to the season extended further with a second consecutive group stage victory in the Europa League. The Hammers were barely threatened by Freiburg – apart from a few moments in the second half – in an impressive display. West Ham are now favourites to top the group after having managed the maximum six points from the first two matches. Olympiakos only managing to draw their group game against TSC puts the Hammers in a commanding position.
West Ham player ratings
Lukasz Fabianski 7/10 – Solid enough to give the backline confidence
Vladimir Coufal 6/10 – Not a huge impact on the game
Mavropanos 6/10 – Strong aerial presence
Nayef Aguerd 7/10 – Came up with the winner in the second half
Thilo Kehrer 6/10 – Nothing spectacular
Edson Alvarez 6/10 – Caught out a little too often
James Ward-Prowse 7/10 – Set-piece master
Mohammed Kudus 7/10 – Almost scored with some excellent shots
Lucas Paqueta 8/10 – Solid all-round display
Pablo Fornals 7/10 – Mediocre evening
Jarrod Bowen 8/10 – Offered to assist for the opener
The Final Word
West Ham were able to get a mightily impressive 2-1 win over Freiburg. The Hammers have now moved to the top of the table with a 100% record after the first two group matches. Freiburg sit in second place with four points after an underwhelming performance at home.
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