Yarmolenko thanks medics after goal in West Ham win in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Andriy Yarmolenko headed straight for West Ham’s medical staff after scoring his first goal after a lengthy layoff in a 2-0 win over Norwich in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The Ukrainian winger spent most of last season — his first at West Ham — out injured after seriously hurting his Achilles tendon in October.
Yarmolenko has battled back to regain full fitness and grabbed the second goal against Norwich by firing a rebound into the net after an effort from captain Mark Noble was blocked. He celebrated by running to the dugout, where West Ham’s medical staff was sitting.
French striker Sebastien Haller made it three goals in two games for West Ham after his club-record offseason move from Eintracht Frankfurt, putting the London club ahead in the 24th minute.
It was West Ham’s first win of the season — and Norwich’s third loss in four games since promotion. Teemu Pukki, the Norwich striker, failed to score in a match for the first time this season.