West Ham and Declan Rice expertly troll Moussa Dembele and Lyon wink and tweets

Declan Rice took aim at Lyon over the French club’s provocative tweets after helping West Ham reach the Europa League semi-finals.

The Hammersthrashed Lyon 3-0on Thursday night to cruise through 4-1 on aggregate to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four of the competition. Craig Dawson headed in the opener from a corner beforeRice added a secondwith a deflected effort into the bottom corner.

Jarrod Bowen made the result secure with a clinical finish in the 48th minute and Lyon never really threatened a comeback and exited the competition. The French side’s performance was made worse by their activity on social media in the build-up to the second leg.

Lyon’s social media manager may be facing questions from the club hierarchy after Rice’s brilliant response after full-time. After the first leg finished 1-1 in east London, Lyon replied to a tweet from the Europa League account asking which sides would progress by writing: “Are you really asking like there's a chance we don't go through?”

Having been presented with an open goal, Rice tapped in by quote-tweeting with, “This aged well” alongside a thumbs-up emoji and laughing face. That wasn’t the extent of Lyon’s humiliation, either, with the West Ham Twitter account keen to get in on the act.

Lyon striker Moussa Dembele angered the Hammers by winking after getting Aaron Cresswell sent off in the first leg. The moment was infuriating at the time, but provided the chance for a viral tweet after their win, withWest Ham posting a videoof the wink with the lyrics “hello darkness my old friend” playing and Rice celebrating.

Rice revealed in his post-match interview that Lyon’s social media antics and Dembele’s wink had given his side added motivation for the tie. "I feel like if you can’t get up for these games you shouldn’t be playing football,” he said.

“The roar from the warm-up was spine-tingling. It gives you the fire in your belly to go out and perform. There were a few incentives tonight for us to go out and win, Dembele winking in the first leg and their Twitter admin saying they don’t see how they don’t go through and those things come back to bite you. We put in the performance and West Ham in the semis – what more do you want?"

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