A superb performance by Andriy Yarmolenko inspired a resurgent West Ham to claim their first points of the season with a 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
The Ukrainian’s two strikes along with a Marko Arnautovic goal helped the Hammers achieve the victory. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the hosts goal when the score was 2-0.
The first ten minutes were cagey but the game sprung into life when some neat inter-play between Pedro Obiang and Arnautovic put the Austrian through on goal, who laid the ball on a plate for Yarmolenko, who smashed the ball in.
Cenk Tosun missed a glorious chance to equalise on 25 minutes but the striker could only head Lucas Digne’s menacing cross straight at Lukasz Fabianski.
And they were left to rue that mistake as the Hammers doubled their lead five minutes later through a moment of pure brilliance from Yarmolenko.
The ball fell to the Ukrainian on the right after Mark Noble intercepted Jordan Pickford’s sloppy pass and the winger cut inside before expertly curling the ball into the top corner.
West Ham fans rave about Yarmolenko’s first-half
Yarmolenko almost gave Everton a route back into the game after giving the ball away in a bad area but Tosun’s scuffed effort was well saved by Fabianski.
The Hammers then had another slice of luck when Arthur Masuaku escaped a sending off after his boot hit Theo Walcott’s head. The defender was only cautioned for his actions.
But new life was breathed into the contest when Sigurdsson powerfully headed Jonjoe Kenny’s pin-point cross into the net to make the half-time score 2-1.
However, West Ham did not go into their shell and restored their two-goal advantage when Arnautovic combined with Obiang again to slot the ball home on the hour.
Tosun then wasted a another good chance, blazing the ball over on 65 minutes before Oumar Niasse struck the bar with a six-yard volley in a game where the home side were wasteful in front of goal.
The Hammers are now out of the relegation zone with this result.