In a thrilling Europa Conference League qualifier on Thursday, Ghanaian striker Raphael Dwamena proved to be the hero for his Albanian club, Egnatia, as he scored a crucial stoppage-time equalizer against Ararat-Armenia.
The 1-1 drawn match took place at the FFA Academy Stadium in Yerevan, providing an intense battle between the two teams.
The 27-year-old Dwamena, who recently signed a new two-year contract extension with Egnatia, was given a starting role and primarily operating from the left flank.
The encounter began with both teams displaying a competitive spirit, but it was Brazilian midfielder Alemao who broke the deadlock in the 36th minute, giving the home side, Ararat-Armenia, the lead.
With the advantage, Ararat-Armenia headed into halftime in a promising position.
As the second half progressed, it seemed that Ararat-Armenia was on course for a victory. However, Dwamena had different plans.
In the dying moments of the match, a corner kick was awarded to Egnatia from an.
With the tension building, Dwamena rose above the defenders, skillfully redirecting the ball into the back of the net, stunning the home crowd and igniting jubilant celebrations from the visiting team.
Dwamena’s last-gasp equalizer not only salvaged a draw for Egnatia but also provided them with a significant advantage heading into the return fixture.
See the goal below: