Some West Ham fans react to Fabian Balbuena's latest performance

Fabian Balbuena of West Ham United during the friendly match between West Ham United and FSV Mainz 05 at Sportzentrum Schwaz on July 31, 2018 in Schwaz, Austria.

West Ham United drew 1-1 with Mainz on Tuesday evening before beating them on penalties.

Fabian Balbuena of West Ham United during the friendly match between West Ham United and FSV Mainz 05 at Sportzentrum Schwaz on July 31, 2018 in Schwaz, Austria.

West Ham United's pre-season preparations continued on Tuesday evening as they took on German side Mainz, drawing 1-1 in Austria before winning on penalties.

Manuel Pellegrini's side have been playing against Championship sides recently, drawing 2-2 at Preston North End before beating Aston Villa 3-1 and Ipswich Town 3-1.

Yet on Tuesday, the Hammers headed over to Austria to take on Mainz, and the first half ended goalless despite Pellegrini picking a strong West Ham side.

 

Young striker Toni Martinez did put West Ham in front after the break though as he looks to push towards the first team, before Robin Quaison equalised for Mainz.

The game went all the way to penalties, and after both teams missed their opening kicks, Gaetan Bussman blazed his kick over the bar, handing West Ham the win – and the Betway Cup.

West Ham won't be too excited about that piece of silverware, but will be glad to have another game under their belts ahead of the Premier League kick off, with one new signing catching the eye.

Fabian Balbuena of West Ham United during the friendly match between West Ham United and FSV Mainz 05 at Sportzentrum Schwaz on July 31, 2018 in Schwaz, Austria.

Pellegrini swooped to sign Corinthians defender Fabian Balbuena last month, with the Paraguayan international arriving in a bargain deal to boost West Ham's defensive options.

So far, the 26-year-old has looked solid, and fans took to Twitter to praise his display against Mainz, praising one saving tackle at the end of the game whilst suggesting that he is a 'steal' in such an inflated transfer market, backing him to be a key signing.

Fabian Balbuena of West Ham United during the friendly match between West Ham United and FSV Mainz 05 at Sportzentrum Schwaz on July 31, 2018 in Schwaz, Austria.

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