Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 West Ham
But: Borré (26and) for the Adlers
Sent off: Cresswell (19and) for Hammers
Forty-two years later, the Frankfurt Eagles can once again succeed on their wings and head for a European final.
Intractable, Eintracht Frankfurt put West Ham on the ground this Thursday evening (1-0), synonymous with qualification for the final of the Europa League after its success in England last week. However, hostilities got off to a bad start for the Adler who lose Martin Hinteregger to injury in the first minutes. A detail, finally, compared to the expulsion of Aaron Cresswell, his second in four games, guilty of a foul on Jens Petter Hauge as the last defender (19and). Already in the hard, the Hammers crack in the wake of a Frankfurt school movement concluded with composure by Rafael Borré (1-0, 26and).
A goal that almost extinguished this meeting, at least sportingly, as West Ham struggled to create opportunities (10 shots, 12 for Frankfurt), the best remaining a header from Tomáš Souček which grazed the post of Kevin Trapp (91and). The atmosphere, on the other hand, climbs a few degrees at the end of the meeting, a symbol of the frustration of the Hammers which even sees their coach, David Moyes, being expelled for a nasty stroke (85and), but also the uncontained joy of the Frankfurt supporters who were electrified (and even invaded at the final whistle) the Deutsche Bank Park.
Last stop: Glasgow Rangers. See you on May 21, in Seville, in an atmosphere that promises to be Dantesque.
Eintracht Frankfurt (3-4-3): Trapp – Melo, Hinteregger (Touré, 8th), N’Dicka – Knauff, Sow, Rode (Jakić, 76and), Kostić – Hauge (Hrustic, 82and), Borré (Paciência, 83and), Kamada. Coach : Oliver Glasner.
West Ham (4-3-3): Areola – Coufal (Yarmolenko, 87and), Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell – Souček, Rice, Fornals (Benrahma, 74and) – Bowen, Antonio, Lanzini (Johnson, 22and). Coach : Moys David.