West Ham attacker Andriy Yarmolenko played a starring role for Ukraine on Tuesday as they stunned Spain in the UEFA Nations League.

Viktor Tsyhankov’s second-half goals was enough to help the Eastern European nation earned a shock 1-0 win against Luis Enrique’s side in Kiev.

According to stats by WhoScored, Ukraine had just two shots at goal compared to Spain’s 21 over the course of the 90 minutes.

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Spain also bossed the possession stats by keeping 71.1 per cent of the ball but that wasn’t enough to prevent them returning from Kiev empty-handed.

Yarmolenko stood out for Ukraine in their victory.

Stats by WyScout show that the former Dynamo Kiev and Borussia Dortmund attacker assisted Tsyhankov’s goal when he cut in from the right to play a well-placed pass down the centre of Spain’s defence.

As you can see below, this is where Yarmolenko picked up the ball before

Yarmolenko then looked up, spotted the run from Tsyhankov and struck a left-footed pass between Spain’s two centre-backs which was picked up by his on-rushing team-mate.

It was a well-placed yet powerful pass by Yarmolenko which earned Ukraine a huge smash-and-grab win over one of world football’s powerhouses.

Stats by WyScout also show that Yarmolenko set up shots on three occasions, completed three of the six dribbles he attempted and had a pass accuracy of 83 per cent. 86 per cent of his passes into the final third were also accurate.

Although Ukraine had so little of the ball, Yarmolenko really made the most of it when he had the opportunity.

Up next for West Ham is a trip to Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday.

Stats by WhoScored shows that Spurs have averaged 55.2 per cent of possession in their opening four Premier League matches this season, which is the joint-third highest in the league. West Ham, on the other hand, are 17th out of 20 teams with an average possession of 42.8 per cent.

Yarmolenko has shown he can shine when opportunities are limited and that is something David Moyes will have to think about before the trip to North London this weekend, especially as Yarmolenko hasn’t started any league games this term and has been an unused substitute in the last two.

In other West Ham news, David Gold has welcomed Craig Dawson to the London Stadium.


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