Jarrod Bowen places England snub behind him with double as Hammers attain quarters
GIANLUCA SCAMACCA toe-poked his method again into David Moyes’ good books.
In the meantime, Jarrod Bowen rewrote the historical past books with a quick-fire double to information West Ham into a significant European quarter remaining for the second season on the spin.
After a snug 2-0 victory out in Cyprus, this proved to be one other confidence-booster for the Hammers as Scamacca made his first begin in all competitions since January 4.
The Italian striker, 24, has been criticised in latest weeks by boss Moyes for his disappointing “physical data” and operating stats after getting back from a knee damage.
However he lastly confirmed his dedication to the trigger – even when he solely lasted 54 minutes, and his 20th minute purpose was all the way down to some very questionable defending by the guests
AEK Larnaca’s Gustavo Ledes noticed purple for a nasty problem on Pablo Fornals simply earlier than the break after to a prolonged VAR intervention – the catalyst for a flurry of second half strikes.
Bowen scored twice in two minutes straight after the break to make it 10 objectives for the season, and a record-breaking eight in Europe for the membership.
Academy graduate Divin Mubama, 18, then added the cherry on the cake off the bench together with his first senior purpose for the Irons.
Even with the specter of relegation looming over West Ham, they will proceed to dream of reaching the Europa Convention League remaining on June 7 and lifting a primary trophy since 1980.
And not using a sport till April 2, Moyes went robust to see off the Cypriots early.
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Scamacca appeared within the temper, sprinting at every little thing and firing a long-ranger narrowly extensive.
His opener was far much less dramatic, wriggling free down the best earlier than seeing his dribbler squeeze beneath the physique of keeper Kenan Piric.
A fifth purpose in 9 Convention League video games.
Each Scamacca and Larnaca’s Nemanja Nikolic then had strikes dominated out for offside earlier than Fornals hit the bar and Ledes was despatched for an early tub.
Bowen received in on the act within the 47th minute, netting from Scamacca’s rebounded shot, and grabbed a second quickly after with a nice looping head from Aaron Cresswell’s pick-out.
After Mubama’s nook flick-on within the 65th minute, Moyes even had time at hand out a senior debut for native lad Levi Lang.
A uncommon worry-free 90 minutes for the Scot.