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Late Bowen goal seals European triumph for West Ham

7 Jun 2023
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Last-minute strike beats Fiorentina in UEFA Europa Conference League final for first trophy in 43 years

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Jarrod Bowen scored the winning goal in the 90th minute as West Ham United won the UEFA Europa Conference League with a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina for their first major trophy in 43 years.

After a goalless first half in the final in Prague, West Ham went ahead from a penalty awarded following a VAR review for a handball by Cristiano Biraghi on the hour.

Said Benrahma, who had already all five of his spot-kicks this season, calmly converted from 12 yards to put the Hammers ahead in their first major European final since 1976.

But the lead did not last long as Fiorentina equalised on 67 minutes, when Giacomo Bonaventura fired a low volley into the bottom corner.

With the match heading for extra-time, Lucas Paqueta played in Bowen, who kept his composure to finish into the far corner.

It made Bowen the first Englishman to score the winner in a major European final since Alan Smith for Arsenal in the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup final against Parma.

Having won their first major trophy since 1980, when they claimed the FA Cup, and a first European trophy since 1965, West Ham will join Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion in the 2023/24 UEFA Europa League.

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