Andriy Yarmolenko scored an emotional extra-time winner as West Ham overturned a first-leg deficit against Sevilla to reach their first European quarter-final since 1981.
Yarmolenko has been on compassionate leave as he tried to deal with the trauma of having friends and relatives back home in war-torn Ukraine.
But after making a goalscoring return to the pitch against Aston Villa on Sunday, Yarmolenko swept the Hammers past Sevilla as he converted a rebound after Pablo Fornals’ low shot had been parried into his path by visiting keeper Bono.
The 32-year-old forward, on as a substitute for Said Benrahma, looked to the skies as he marked his special moment and the London Stadium erupted in jubilation.
At the final whistle, he looked almost bewildered in the moment before spotting a fan with a Ukraine flag and handing him his shirt.
Trailing by a single goal from last week’s opener in Spain, Tomas Soucek had pulled West Ham level in the first-half when he guided Michail Antonio’s cross into the far corner with a precise header.
A Sevilla side that has won this tournament four times out of the last eight seasons were a major disappointment – and came no closer than Youssef En-Nesyri’s early effort which was brilliantly saved by Alphonse Areola.