WEST Ham United surprised to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Europa League after sinking Sevilla 2-0 in the second leg of the round of 16. West Ham, who in the last 40 years have never competed in the knock-out phase of a European tournament, managed to get rid of a Spanish club with the status of a Europa League champion.
West Ham’s victory was achieved dramatically because the match had to last until extra time. Playing at the London Stadium, England, Friday (18/3) morning, the Hammers broke the first deadlock in the 39th minute through Tomas Soucek’s header.
After that, the match was tough because both teams were unable to score again in normal time and had to go into extra time. The first half of extra time West Ham appeared more pressing but not yet fruitful.
Ukraine’s Andriy Yarmolenko emerged as a hero with his goal in the 112th minute using the ball gag from Pablo Fornals. The goal was enough to bring West Ham to get rid of Sevilla.
West Ham manager, David Moyes, was also very proud of the level of play of his team. The reason, Sevilla is the team that has won the most Europa League titles with six titles.
“Are we favorites to win? No. But we got rid of a team that is a regular champion so that will give us a lot of confidence,” said Moyes.
“I think we did a very good job beating the Spanish team.”
Another match between Eintracht Frankfurt against Real Betis was also dramatic and tough. Frankfurt previously armed with a one-goal win in the first leg.
Playing at home, Frankfurt actually had to fall behind from Real Betis due to a goal at the end of normal time. Borja Iglesias scored in the 90th minute to force the game to be extended.
In extra time, the game was still tough. Frankfurt’s savior actually occurred through Guido Rodriguez’s own goal in the final minute of the match. Frankfurt also managed to secure a ticket to the quarter-finals. (BT Sport/OL-13)
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