By Razeen Gutta
A last-minute Jarrod Bowen strike helped West Ham United to a 2-1 Uefa Europa Conference League final win over Fiorentina on Wednesday.
There was pandemonium in Prague as the Hammers witnessed one of the most magical nights in their history, with the club winning a European title for the first time in 58 years.
Against the run of play, a rocket of a spot kick from Said Benrahma put the Irons in front shortly after the hour mark.
The Italian side was dominant in possession throughout and looked to turn things around quickly when Giacomo Bonaventuta equalised just five minutes later.
Extra time seemed close, but it was not to be, as Fiorentina suffered heartbreak in two successive finals.
One moment of magic late on wrote the script for David Moyes’ side, with Bowen’s goal going down in the history books as just the third 90th-minute winner in a European final.
The other two were also scored by English sides, with Manchester United and Chelsea also leaving it late in the 1999 Champions League and 2013 Europa League finals. This one was just as iconic.
“There was one more chance and we won it. It means so much. I’m thinking of the party tonight. I want to celebrate with the players, my dad, my uncle, my brother and my two mates who were in the front row,” Bowen told BT Sport amid the celebrations.
“You make that run 10 times and you might get it once. 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.”
Pictured above: West Ham United
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