Declan Rice’s 29th-minute goal put West Ham ahead, forcing Rapid Vienna fans to ‘storm’ the pitch as trouble erupted between the two groups of supporters with missiles thrown.
West Ham and Rapid Vienna fans clashed in ugly scenes inside the London stadium in their Europa League draw on Thursday.
Police and stewards had to form a barrier between the two groups of supporters in one corner of the pitch as objects were thrown across the dividing line.
One fan could be seen in the footage throwing a large object into the fray while others threw water bottles as officers and staff tried to restore order.
The row was sparked after West Ham’s Declan Rice pulled his side ahead after 29 minutes.
Rapid Vienna fans reportedly stormed the home to take on West Ham supporters before chaos ensued.
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This is West Ham’s first home game in Europe since 2016, and the club marked the occasion with a light show before kick-off.
Some objects were reportedly thrown as the stadium floodlights were dimmed during the show.
Rice’s goal then sent the home crowd into jubilation, giving them a superb start when he finished off Michail Antonio’s cross.
But officers and stewards had to stay put lest trouble break out again after the exchange of missiles.
Thankfully, there were no more clashes during the match, although BT Sport reported there was some “commotion” at the final whistle.
The Hammers eventually lost 2-0 as Said Benrahma scored a well-placed finish in the dying minutes to wrap up the win and the three points as they maintained their perfect start to the competition.
It was a game they were expected to win comfortably with their struggling opponents in the Austrian league this season, and they came close to going ahead after just eight minutes.
Rice’s dazzling header from Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick beat Rapid goalkeeper Paul Gartler but went wide from the base of the far post.
The dominant Hammers were denied by the far post 15 minutes later, Craig Dawson heading into them from a Cresswell corner. But Rice beat them to the half hour mark.
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Michail Antonio collected the ball from Andriy Yarmolenko’s pass and attacked down the left before crossing low for Rice to tap into an empty net.
It was the first home goal by a West Ham player in Europe, qualifying aside, since Frank Lampard won the UEFA Cup 3-0 against Croatian side Osijek in 1999.
West Ham’s pace dropped in the second half, so Moyes made a triple substitution, sending in Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek and Manuel Lanzini.
They had a slack when German referee Tobias Stieler gave away a penalty after fast sub Marco Grull fell under a non-challenge from Ben Johnson, with VAR correctly overruling the decision.
Bowen should have wrapped up when he rounded Gartler to shoot over the crossbar. But Benrahma made sure it was a good night in Vienna when he cut inside and rolled up in the second stoppage time.
There were more clashes in the Europa League in France as Marseille and Galatasaray supporters clashed before kick-off and during the game.
Flares were thrown between supporters before riot police were called.
At one point, the match was even temporarily suspended in the 37th minute until the situation calmed down after the captains of both teams got involved and liaised with their own supporters.
Elsewhere in the Europa League, Leicester City were beaten 1-0 away at Legia Warsaw after Mahir Emreli’s first-half goal.
Rangers were also downed by the same scoreline against Sparta Prague as more unsavory scenes marred the contest.
Celtic were also on the losing side after suffering a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen.