The Irons wideman returned from compassionate leave earlier this month
Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko struck an emotional winner in extra-time on Thursday to send West Ham through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League as they triumphed over Sevilla at London Stadium.
With the score 1-0 on the night to the Hammers and 1-1 on aggregate at the end of regular time thanks to Tomas Souceks first-half finish, the Irons wideman – who made an emotional return earlier this month after compassionate leave – struck a rebound home to win it for the hosts.
Mobbed by his team-mates both after his goal and at the full-time whistle, it marked another emotionally charged evening in east London for the club and their player amid Russias military invasion of his home nation.
“Some things are written in the stars…”WEST HAM GO AHEAD IN EXTRA TIME AGAINST SEVILLA!And its Yarmolenko with the goal ❤️#UEL pic.twitter.com/Ho04rJA7Gj
¡Goooooooool del West Ham! ????⚽Yarmolenko aprovecha el rebite de Bono y la manda a guardar. ¡El ucraniano tiene a los Hammers en Cuartos! [email protected] 2(2)-(1)0 @SevillaFC#TuEuropaLeague | #WestHam | #Sevilla???? ¡EN VIVO!???? @galavision????: https://t.co/afziMLEFTd pic.twitter.com/W8XuH14zye
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