West Ham's World Cup over

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 2nd July 2018

West Ham United's representation at the World Cup Finals is over after Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in this afternoon's round of 16 clash.

The Mexicans, featuring West Ham's Javier Hernandez were no match for a far superior Brazil side who breezed into the quarter finals courtesy of goals from Neymar and Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.

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Hernandez, who was largely anonymous throughout the game lasted for an hour before being replaced by Raul Jiminez, who recently joined Wolves on a season-long loan spell from Benfica.

Unfortunately for the Mexicans, Chicharito's replacement was no more effective than the Hammers striker and the Central Americans, who began their campaign with a defeat of reigning champions Germany, went out of the tournament with a whimper.

West Ham's other representatives at this year's Finals - Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyate and Poland's Lukasz Fabianski - were knocked out of the competition at the group stage, whilst (Argentina's) Manuel Lanzini's competition was over before it began due to injury.

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And the handful of former Hammers participating in Russia this summer gave fared little better; Victor Moses (Nigeria), Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson (Iceland), Manuel Da Costa (Morocco) and Diafra Sakho (Senegal) were all knocked out in the group phase.

Meanwhile Joao Mario and Jose Fonte (Portugal) plus Javier Mascherano (Argentina) were sent packing duuring the current, last 16 stage - meaning that Switzerland's Valon Behrami remains the only former Hammer left in the tournament.

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