‘It was so emotional’: Yarmolenko on his tears for Ukraine after West Ham goal

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Andriy Yarmolenko broke down in tears after setting West Ham on their way to a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday. The Ukrainian, who had not played in more than a month, scored the opening goal 18 minutes after coming off the bench and described the strain he has been under since the Russian invasion of his country.

“It was so emotional for me,” he said. “It is so difficult for me right now in this moment thinking about football because every day the Russian army kills Ukrainian people.”

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Written by Jonathan Wilson at the London Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/mar/13/west-ham-andriy-yarmolenko-admits-football-difficult-given-situation-ukraine-aston-villa under the title “‘It was so emotional’: Yarmolenko on his tears for Ukraine after West Ham goal”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.