Ratings and analyzes as an adventure Yarmolenko goal secures the Europa League quarter-final place



West Ham 2-0 Sevilla AET (2-1 overall) (Soucek 39 ′, Yarmolenko 112 ′)

BY RUSSELL HARRIS AT LONDON STADIUM – Andriy Yarmolenko scored a dramatically extended winner as West ham anesthetized Europa League specialists Sevilla to reach the quarterfinals.

Behind with 1-0 from the first game, Tomas Soucek’s goal in the first half brought Hammer’s equalizer overall, before Ukraine International Yarmolenko crawled off the bench to score a historic goal on West Ham’s biggest night since switching to London Stadium and their most high-profile match on the European stage in over 40 years.

Manager David Moyes had challenged West Ham fans to match the atmosphere of Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan seven days earlier and they did not disappoint. In fact, the noise at the former Olympic Stadium when Yarmolenko scored has probably not been that high since Sir Mo Farah rounded the last corner on Super Saturday a decade ago.

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In addition to being league winners of Europe’s second-tier competition, Sevilla had also been a scourge for English clubs, unbeaten in their previous nine meetings, including victories in the final against Middlesbrough in 2006 and Liverpool six years ago. They also sent Manchester United to pack in the semi-finals in 2020.

But after galloping through the group stage to reach the quarter-finals for the first time, West Ham looked more than comfortable at this level and they had an early chance when Manuel Lanzini lifted the ball into the area of ​​Pablo Fornals, whose volley was blocked . .

Sevilla should have taken the lead after 26 minutes, as a result of Youssef En-Nesyri’s awkward, but ultimately successful, shot from the right.

West Ham came painfully close moments later when Said Benrahma stepped the ball through to Michail Antonio.

The striker, who passed a late fitness test to play, saw his shot deflected by Jules Konde and partially saved by Yassine Bounou. Soucek slipped into the net, but he was just hit by the ball by Serbian defender Nemanja Gudelj.

But it was Soucek who equalized six minutes before the break as he got his bandaged forehead to Antonio’s post at the far post.

Soucek almost doubled the lead the night after the break after an insane run from Declan Rice, but Bounou parried his shot and Rice put the riposte past.

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The hosts turned up the pressure and the fans volume, but they got a warning when Sevilla suddenly countered and Tecatito Corona shot over.

Bounou kept a late curler from Benrahma where neither side could win a draw in normal time.

Soucek was inches away again when he met Craig Dawson’s knockdown from a corner, but he could not steer it in at the far post.

But for the second time in a week, Yarmolenko came off the bench to find the net, this time with a tap-in far behind, to trigger joyful scenes on the pitch and in the stands.

Player ratings

West Ham (4-2-3-1)

  • Areola – 7
  • Johnson – 7
  • Zouma – 7
  • Dawson – 7
  • Cresswell – 7
  • Ris – 8
  • Soucek – 8
  • Fornals – 7
  • Lanzini – 7
  • Benrahma – 7
  • Antonio – 8

Subs:

  • Yarmolenko – 7
  • Frederiks – 6
  • Noble – 6
  • Diop – 6

Seville (4-3-3)

  • Bounou – 7
  • Navas – 6
  • Customer – 7
  • Gudelj – 7
  • Augustinsson – 6
  • Delaney – 6
  • Jordan – 6
  • Rakitic – 5
  • Tecatito – 6
  • Martial – 6
  • En-Nesyri – 6

Subs:

  • Torres – 5
  • Mir – 5
  • Carmona – 6
  • Montiel – 6
  • Cruz – 6



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