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BREAKING: West Ham beat Fiorentina to win Europa Conference League



Jarrod Bowen scores the winner for west Ham

West Ham have defeated Fiorentina to win the Europa Conference League and their first trophy in 43 years thanks to a late Jarrod Bowen strike.

The Hammers took the lead thank to a penalty converted by Said Benrahma. The Italian side pulled level thanks to a sublime finish by Giacomo Bonaventura.

The match at Prague’s Eden Arena looked like it was heading to extra time when Lucas Paqueta slipped a ball through to Bowen who outpaced the defenders and fired home past a sprawling Fiorentina keeper.

Both sides struggled to create much in a nervy opening half with Fiorentina controlling possession but lacking a cutting edge in the final third, while West Ham had long spells without the ball after Declan Rice curled a shot wide in the early stages.

Fiorentina was the better side for most of the game but they could not fashion an opportunity to put the ball past Alphonse Areola in goal until West Ham took the lead.


The Italian side controlled the midfield with Sofyan Amrabat leading the charge but the dogged Hammers defence held on.

The goal made Bowen the first English player to score the winner in a major European final since Arsenal’s Alan Smith in 1994 and capped a campaign in which West Ham were unbeaten in 15 UEFA Europa Conference League matches.

“You make that run 10 times and you might get it once,” Bowen told BT Sport. “I had a lot of time but I was confident and when I saw it going in, I didn’t know what to do. This was the biggest game of my career.”

“I obviously dreamed of scoring but to score the winner in the last minute. It’s what you always say you want to do. To do it in front of these fans. I thought I was going to cry. I’m just happy.”


West Ham took the lead in the 62nd minute when Said Benrahma converted a penalty after a VAR review confirmed a handball by the Italian side’s captain Cristiano Biraghi, who had been a thorn in West Ham’s side with his runs down the flank.

Fiorentina immediately stepped up the pace after going behind and were rewarded five minutes later when Giacomo Bonaventura controlled the ball with two defenders on him and sent an angled shot past West Ham keeper Alphonse Areola.

“I have had a long career in football and you don’t get many moments like this,” West Ham Boss David Moyes told BT Sport. “These sorts of moments as managers don’t come around often. This is a great moment for us.”

Both sides struggled to create much in a nervy opening half with Fiorentina controlling possession but lacking a cutting edge in the final third, while West Ham had long spells without the ball.


When the referee blew the final whistle, the West Ham players raced to the corner to celebrate in front of their fans who revelled in the team’s first win in a European final since they lifted the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965.

“It hurts to lose like this. We played well but we can’t concede such an easy goal in the final minutes. The team gave their all but in certain situations we have to be more concentrated – keep controlling the game and pressing. In finals, small details make the difference,” said Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.

The supporters of both teams made their presence felt in a noisy atmosphere, though the referee was forced to stop play midway through the opening half after West Ham fans threw cups at Fiorentina’s Biraghi, hitting the defender on the head and drawing blood.

UEFA had allotted only 5,780 tickets to each club, leaving legions of supporters unable to attend the match at Slavia Prague’s stadium with a capacity set at 18,000 for the final.


Many thousands of West Ham supporters instead watched the match in bars and fan zones aground the city. Earlier in the day, Czech police said they had detained 16 Fiorentina supporters after they attacked West Ham fans in a local bar and a police officer.

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