GIANLUCA SCAMACCA provides the answers to West Ham’s goal-scoring problems as he helped launch them into the Europa League group stages.
The Italian striker, signed in the summer for 30.5 million pounds from Sassuolo, scored on his debut for Hammers in the 3-1 first-leg tie against Viborg last week.
And in Denmark, he turned in the 22nd minute to make the score two out of two in a West Ham shirt – alleviating David Moyes’ concerns at the start of the season.
Moyes has so far been reluctant to throw Scamaka – one of seven buying this window – into his starting lineup due to the lack of pre-season minutes.
But the Scottish coach may have few options if the striker’s fiery performance continues.
East London are bottom of the Premier League with no points or goals from their first three games of the season.
In Europe at least, scoring is the least of their concerns as Said Benrahma and Thomas Sojic took part in the second half.
West Ham will discover their opponents in the group stage of the draw on Friday afternoon.
Moyes made six changes from the unfortunate 2-0 defeat at home to Brighton on Sunday, but he remains a strong side looking to get the job done.
Angelo Ogbonna continued his recovery from a serious knee injury with another start, Aaron Cresswell returned from suspension and Thilo Kehrer retained his place in the side.
Skipper Declan was missing during his second serve of a two-game suspension at the European Championships, as did Vladimir Koval after suffering a concussion against a seagull.
Emerson Palmieri’s last capture didn’t qualify for the trip, but Schamaka and Maxwell Cornet teamed up again after shining in the first leg.
Despite a single counter from the hosts – on their first European Championship trip in 22 years – West Ham took over as Scamaka sent an early warning from their scoring instinct.
Lukas Lund Pedersen’s attempt to come out from behind was intercepted by Suchek, only for the goalkeeper to recover well from Skamka’s first attempt.
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It didn’t take Pedersen long to be defeated moments later, but Skamaka made a masterful shot into the roof of the net from Soucek’s low cross.
Vyborg rallied briefly. French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola made two superb saves to deny Jay Roy Groot and Justin Lunvik just before the break.
But the goal of a good team from West Ham after the break killed any chance of an unexpected comeback.
Skamaka’s layoff, and Cornet’s pass for a superb shot into the bottom corner, made it 2-0 in the 51st minute.
And after 12 minutes, Soucek managed to achieve the third goal by jumping on the hand of Pedersen to initially stop Thilo Kehrer’s header.