Yarmolenko strike sinks Sevilla

West Ham United v Sevilla – UEFA Europa League Round of Sixteen, Second-Leg – London Stadium – Report

West Ham United 2-0 Sevilla

(West Ham United won 2-1 on aggregate)

Andriy Yarmolenko’s extra-time strike saw West Ham United through to the last eight of the UEFA Europa League as six-times winners, Sevilla were seen off on a dramatic night at the London Stadium.

Trailing by a goal to nil from the first-leg a week previous. Hammers boss, David Moyes issued a rallying cry to his players and the near, 60,000 Hammers supporters amongst a record attendance at the former Olympic Games venue.

“The London Stadium on really special games, Liverpool at home Chelsea at home, we’ve had some fabulous atmospheres in the stadium. I’d expect this to be up there with them,” the Scotsman enthused.

“How do you get a good atmosphere? Well, that is from your team performance and how the team go about the job and we need to make sure we do not allow Sevilla to kill that atmosphere so we have to do a really good job on the pitch. 

“I have no doubt the West Ham fans will be there in numbers and good voice.”

Indeed, the electric atmosphere that greeted West Ham was like nothing else experienced at their relatively new home. Tentative early exchanges hardly diminished the din – Joan Jordan’s waywardly deflected free-kick after Jesus Corona had gone to ground somewhat easily – was met by a crescendo of discontent from the fired-up East End audience.

The tie had settled into a familiar pattern. Sevilla’s silk was met by West Ham steel. Alphonse Areola produced an incredible one-handed save to deny Yossef En-Nesyri and keep the home side in touching distance. Meanwhile, Nemanja Gudeji somehow cleared his lines as Tomas Soucek looked set to profit from Michail Antonio’s initial miss-hit attempt.

But seven minutes before the break, the London Stadium exploded. Antonio worked an opening and crossed for Soucek – The Czech nodding firmly beyond Sevilla stopper, Yassine Bounou. 

Bounou saved from Soucek, while Declan Rice dragged wide following up as the home side started the second period on the front foot. Antonio’s bustle was causing the Spaniard’s a headache – Jules Kounde doing his utmost to contain the forceful frontman.

Hammers’ continued to press. Bounou denied Lanzini twice within a matter of seconds. However, they received a let-off when Corona fired over when presented a decent opportunity to restore Sevilla’s aggregate advantage. Indeed, Sevilla was enjoying plenty of possession but found the home side gritty and resilient. 

Clearcut chances continued to come at a premium. Said Benrahma could only find Bounou’s gloves with his last action before being replaced by Sunday’s hero, Andriy Yarmolenko. The tension increased as the tie moved into extra-time. 

Soucek was a whisker away from turning the tie on its head, nodding into the side-netting after Pablo Fornals flag-kick had been flicked on by Antonio. 

But in the second period of the additional thirty minutes, Yarmolenko reached for the stars again. Bounou could only parry Fornals’ curling effort. The Ukrainian on-hand to pick up the pieces and send those in the stands into an absolute frenzy, and the Hammers’ into Friday’s draw.

Andriy Yarmolenko’s extra-time goal sent West Ham United into the last eight of the UEFA Europa League (Rob Newell CameraSport)

West Ham United return to Premier League action on Sunday, March 20 when they face Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (4:30pm).

West Ham United: Areola, Johnson, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice (Capt), Souček, Fornals (Diop 119′), Lanzini (Noble 115′), Benrahma (Yarmolenko 87′), Antonio (Fredericks 120+1′) Subs not used: Randolph (GK), Fabiański (GK), Vlašić, Masuaku, Král, Alese, Chesters, Perkins

Booked: Manuel Lanzini (foul), Aaron Cresswell (time-wasting)

Goals: Tomas Soucek 38′, Andriy Yarmolenko 112′

Sevilla: Bounou, Navas (Capt) (Montiel 116′), Koundé, Gudelj (Carmona 111′), Augustinsson, Jordán, Delaney, Rakitić (Torres 56′), Corona (Munir 96′), En-Nesyri (Rafa Mir 91′), Martial (Luismi 101′) Subs not used: Dmitrović (GK), Flores (GK), Romero, Zarzana, Scotta, Salas

Booked: Montiel (foul)

Goals: None

Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)

Assistants: Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore (both FRA)

Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

Video Assistant Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)

Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)

UEFA Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)

UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Andrew D’Urso (ENG)

Brian Jeeves

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