West Ham players at World Cup- Hernandez out in Round of 16

It’s been a somewhat disappointing World Cup for West Ham’s stars. Hopes were high that Manuel Lanzini and Argentina could go far in the tournament, but the playmaker suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of the tournament.

That effectively left three West Ham players at the WC- Mexico’s Javier Hernandez, Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Portugal’s Joao Mario

Kouyate:- Cheikhou Kouyate and Senegal suffered heartbreak at the World Cup after they were knocked out on the fair play rule. Kouyate was a substitute for Senegal’s opening two games, replacing Alfred N’Diaye for both. He started and was captain in their third and final game against Colombia, which they lost 1-0.

Javier Hernandez:- Mexico stunned Germany in their group opener and reached the last 16 despite losing to Sweden. They were then beaten by Brazil, but a suspension picked up by Casemiro against El Tri, could cost the Samba Boys dearly when they take on Belgium in the last eight. Chicharito sported a peroxide do for the clash against Brazil.

Hernandez also earned a Man of the Match award for his performance v Korea– the only West Ham player to do so.

Hernandez Mexico

Joao Mario:- Joao Mario’s Portugal squeaked through to the Round of 16, mainly on the back of Cristiano Ronaldo’s efforts, but the European holders were beaten in the knockout stages by Uruguay. Mario was a substitute for their group opener against Spain, but started in their other two games against Morocco and Iran and also in their defeat against Uruguay.

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