Ex West Ham United stars Felipe Anderson and Dimitri Payet steal the show in Europa League face off between Marseille and Lazio.
They once lit up the Premier League in the claret and blue of West Ham but both Anderson and Payet showed they’ve still got it when they went head-to-head in a 2-2 draw on Thursday night.
West Ham sealed a place in the Europa League knockouts with a 2-2 draw in Genk. And it looks an inevitability that the Hammers will seal their place as group winners and a spot in the last 16 with two games to go.
Ex West Ham stars Felipe Anderson and Dimitri Payet steal the show in Europa League face off
And two former West Ham stars did battle last night in the bid to join David Moyes’s side in the hat.
Payet and Anderson used to steal the show for West Ham.
And last they did just that for Marseille and Lazio respectively as both players scored in a 2-2 draw in Europa League Group E.
In terms of a head-to-head tussle between Payet and Anderson, the Frenchman – still going strong at 34 – came out on top.
Payet was at the heart of everything Marseille did and on another day could have had a hat-trick.
West Ham boss David Moyes did not fancy Anderson and shipped him back to Lazio in the summer.
He has been in fine form for the Italian side – in the less intense Serie A.
The Brazilian who looked a £35 million snip for West Ham when he scored 10 Premier League goals and laid on seven assists in his debut season.
It was all downhill after that, though. Some West Ham fans argued he should have been retained this season.
And he got his goal, firing into the top corner from the centre of the area to make it 1-1 at half-time.
Lazio then took the lead in the second half. Anderson laid on the assist for Ciro Immobile and was then substituted after a fine 75 minute display.
But the defensive change backfired as Payet came to the rescue late on with a lovely equaliser, also firing into the top corner from inside the box.
Payet nearly won it for Marseille at the death but hit the bar as the former Hammers played out a 2-2 draw.
The result leaves Lazio in second on five points and Marseille in third on four points in Group E with two games to go as they bid to set up a potential reunion with West Ham in the knockouts.
Ironically they trail group leaders Galatasaray who drew 1-1 with Lokomotiv Moscow thanks to a goal of the round contender from another former West Ham attacking midfielder – Sofiane Feghouli.
You can see that goal below, a real cracker.
You could argue that Hammers star Benrahma is the successor in the lineage of West Ham attacking midfield playmakers from Payet to Feghouli, to Anderson and now the Algerian wizard.
So it is interesting that all four players were on the scoresheet in helping their sides put points on the board.