Declan Rice scores a stunning solo goal against Zagreb
Declan’s moment of brilliance in Europa League clash began when he picked up the ball in his own half after a loose pass from Zagreb defender Josip Sutalo.
England International Declan Rice scored a stunning solo goal against Dinamo Zagreb in their Europa League victory on Thursday.
The 22-year-old West Ham star dribbled from his own half before slotting the ball beyond goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic to make it 2-0 for the Hammers.
Declan’s moment of brilliance in the Europa League clash began when he picked up the ball in his own half after a loose pass from Zagreb defender Josip Sutalo.
The West Ham midfielder optimistically tried to knock it beyond a Zagreb player and into space and faced a difficult physical battle.
But Declan brushed off his opponent with ease and began storming towards the hosts' goal, with huge gaps in their defence.
Zagreb's last man tried to get across to stop the West Ham star but wasn't quick enough and allowed him to fire on goal.
And it was a cool finish from Rice, who slotted it between the goalkeeper's legs to double West Ham's advantage in Croatia.
Declan isn't known for being prolific in front of goal but might be looking to develop that aspect of his game as he continues to improve.
The Hammers celebration was interrupted by Zagreb skipper Arijan Ademi, who tried to protest with West Ham over the goal.
It's unclear why Ademi was aggrieved, although it didn't matter too much as West Ham went on to comfortably win their Europa League opener.