Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko scored a goal in extra time to give West Ham United a 2-0 win at home to Sevilla and advance the English team to the European Football League quarterfinals on Thursday.
Yarmolenko took a break following the Russian invasion of his country and missed the 1-0 loss to Spain in the first leg due to illness, but returned to lead his team to the European Championship quarter-finals for the first time since 1981.
Tomas Suchek gave West Ham the lead with a header from Mikhail Antonio’s cross five minutes before the end of the first half.
And the original time ended with a 1-1 draw on the total score, so the two teams resorted to extra time.
West Ham manager David Moyes said he hoped the goal would lift Yarmolenko’s spirits.
“In football, things change for you, so I hope this changes what’s going through Yarmolenko’s head a little bit, and maybe what happens in life,” he told BT Sport.
And Antonio was happy for his colleague.
He said: “This is unbelievable, this season is a dream come true, Yarmolenko is a wonderful person, I can’t imagine what he is going through, he has regained his effectiveness and I hope he will keep it.”
The loss was the second in extra time for two Seville teams, as the city hosts the final match.
Real Betis exited the tournament after drawing 1-1 with hosts Eintracht Frankfurt, as the German team qualified when Guido Rodríguez scored by mistake in the dying seconds before resorting to penalty kicks.
The German team reached the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win on aggregate.
Olympique Lyon imposed a 1-1 draw on Porto to qualify with a 2-1 aggregate victory.
West Ham, Eintracht and Lyon joined Barcelona, Rangers, Braga, Atalanta and Razen Bale Sport Leipzig in the quarter-final draw, which will take place on Friday.