England’s West Ham have risen to the top of the European competition. It is an emotional victory that broke the sluggishness of 14th in the Premier League this season.
West Ham won 2-1 in the final against Fiorentina (Italy) in the 2022-2023 European Football Federation Europa Conference League held at the Fortuna Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on the 8th (Korean time) and lifted the championship trophy. With this, West Ham held the trophy in their arms for the first time in 24 years since the 1999 European Football Confederation Intertoto Cup. In fact, West Ham were far from the favorites to win this competition. However, in the tournament tournament, they overpowered tough opponents such as KAA Gent (Belgium) and Alkmaar (Netherlands), and in the finals, they even captured the ‘formidable enemy’ Fiorentina. On the other hand, Fiorentina tried to reach the top of the European stage in 62 years after winning the Winners Cup in 1961, but unfortunately failed.메이저사이트
The main character was West Ham ace Jarrod Bowen. In the 45th minute of the second half when the score was tight at 1-1, a momentary penetration broke down Fiorentina’s defensive wall and calmly scored the winning goal. Even in a one-on-one confrontation with the opposing goalkeeper, he pushed the ball accurately without panicking. It was also the thrilling final goal to make up for the sluggishness this season. Despite being the team ace, Bowen, of English nationality, has only scored 6 goals in 38 league appearances this season, drawing considerable criticism. Compared to last season, when he recorded 12 goals and 10 assists in the league, it was a pretty serious slump. However, in the final of this tournament, he scored a miraculous goal and thrilled West Ham fans.
It’s not just Bowen. It was also a ‘moving drama’ achieved by the entire West Ham team. This season, West Ham suffered from extreme sluggishness and stayed in 14th place (40 points) in the league. I spent a season like a plate of thin ice to the extent that the gap with 18th place Leicester City (34 points), which fell to the second division, was not large. However, through this victory, he was able to shake off the sadness he had been harboring all at once. Coach Moyes also enjoyed the joy of staying on the ground for a long time and lifting the championship trophy several times. In fact, it was a meaningful win for Moyes as well. Coach Moyes, who showed good leadership in Everton, England, later moved to Manchester United, but after a big failure, he withdrew from the ranks of the masters. However, he once again proved his leadership skills. After going through Sunderland (England) and Real Sociedad (Spain), he took charge of West Ham from 2017 and led the team to the championship in six years.
On this day, West Ham took out a 4-2-3-1 formation. Antonio one-top, Bowen, Lucas Paqueta and Said Benrama supported the attack in the second line. Declan Rice and Thomas Suchek coordinated the midfield. The back four was Emerson, Naif Aguerde, Kurt Zouma and Vladimir Koupal, and the goalkeeper was Alfonso Areola. Fiorentina faced with a 4-3-3 formation. Christian Kouame, Luka Jovic and Nicolas Gonzalez sortied in three tops. In addition, Giacomo Bonaventure, Rolando Mandragora, and Sophia Amrabat also took part in the match.
The first half was 0-0. There were no goals, but the atmosphere of the game was tough. West Ham fans even threw water cups at Fiorentina players. In the overheated aspect, in the 17th minute of the second half, West Ham took the lead. Benrama calmly succeeded in a penalty kick awarded for a handball foul by an opponent. Fiorentina did not back down either. In the 22nd minute of the second half, team midfielder Bonaventure scored an equalizer with a sensational volley shot. In a situation surrounded by the opponent’s defense, he fired an accurate shot instead of a strong shot, which was sucked into the corner of the goal. But the goddess of victory raised West Ham’s hand. Just before the end of the match, Bowen scored a dramatic winning goal to win the championship.
On this day, Foot Mob, a European football statistics media, gave Fioretina midfielder Bonaventure the highest rating of 8.2. The team lost, but struggled with a pass success rate of 83% and two dribble breakthroughs. ‘Miracle hero’ Bowen’s rating was 7.5. Among West Ham players, Brazilian midfielder Paqueta had the highest rating of 8.0. A fantastic through pass helped Bowen’s winning goal.