Frankfurt beat 10-man West Ham to reach their first Europa League final

Eintracht Frankfurt defeated 10-man West Ham United 1-0 in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday, advancing to their first European final in 42 years with a 3-1 aggregate triumph. The Germans, who last competed in a European final in 1980, will meet Rangers on May 18 after the Scottish club eliminated RB Leipzig.

Rafael Borre blasted in the winner for the hosts in the 26th minute in front of a loud 48,000 crowd, defeating the English side for the second time after a 2-1 victory in the first leg last week. West Ham, who played the whole of the game with 10 men after left defender Aaron Cresswell was sent off in the 17th minute for a harsh foul on Jens Petter Hauge, were toothless throughout.

Frankfurt vs West Ham

In a disappointing and ugly finale to West Ham’s European journey this season, their manager David Moyes was also sent off in the 79th minute for aggressively kicking a ball. “A dream has finally come true,” Eintracht president Peter Fischer remarked, flanked by exuberant supporters who swarmed the field after the game ended.

“The crew performed an excellent job. This city and its surroundings deserved it. “That’s football, and we’re going to win this thing,” Fischer said.

Frankfurt, on the other hand, had a poor start, with defender Martin Hinteregger being hauled out after just eight minutes with a hamstring injury. However, Creswell’s ejection created space down the wing for the Germans, whom Ansgar Knauff took advantage of by charging through and delivering a superb pass for Borre to score.

West Ham didn’t have much of a chance, and their finest opportunity came a minute before halftime when Kurt Zouma’s close-range shot was cleared off the line. They were similarly ineffective after the interval, with Moyes’ rage spilling over when he booted the ball at a ball boy who he believed was wasting time.

“I’m very disappointed,” Moyes said. “Things didn’t go as planned for us tonight. I am quite pleased with the players; their performance with just ten guys was outstanding. Other teams would have collapsed and lost by a score of 2-0 or 3-0.

“I saw this as a chance.” We’ve played better teams than Frankfurt, in my opinion. If we’re being honest, we most likely lost the tie in the first few seconds at the London Stadium.” Eintracht easily held on to their advantage, despite the home supporters launching their celebrations in the bleachers early for what turned out to be a memorable evening for the team languishing in mid-table in the Bundesliga.

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