West Ham have secured a spot in the last 16 of the Europa League, with a professional 2-0 victory over Rapid Vienna in Austria.

The victory now means our Hammers have secured top spot of Group H, meaning we will avoid a playoff match and instead head into the knockout stages of the tournament.

It was a match that David Moyes’ side started brightly, with a comprehensive display that showed that victory was the intention on the night.

Although West Ham dominated possession there was a lack of cutting edge, and the home side were well organised at limiting clear cut chances.

However on 39 minutes our Hammers finally made the breakthrough, with Yarmolenko latching onto a precise Vlasic cross to nod a looping header home.

It was then only 6 minutes later when the West Ham goal scorer was again in the thick of the action, when he was brought down in the box following a sublime turn.

The referee pointed to the spot, and up stepped the impressive captain of the night Mark Noble, who smashed in the back of the net.

Our Irons went in at half time in firm control. It was now down to a final 45 minutes to secure automatic qualification.

The second half commenced in similar vein to the first, with West Ham dictating much of the play. Jarrod Bowen was menacing throughout and could and should have extended our lead by 2 or more goals had it not been for some excellent saves and blocks from the Rapid Vienna back line.

Another bright note of the match saw Sonny Perkins, another West Ham Academy product make his debut for the club. It was almost a dream start too when Perkins took advantage of some poor defending to smash a header at goal, however it was saved well by the keeper.

West Ham saw out the proceedings comfortably and fully deserved the win, and the accomplishment of reaching the last 16 of the Europa League.

An incredible achievement for David Moyes’ claret and blue army.