Frankfurt’s explosive start to both halves had West Ham chasing the game, and the English club went into the second leg behind 2-1.
Frankfurt surged out of the gates, scoring inside a minute. A fantastic cross was sent to right wing-back Knauff, who was in space behind the Hammers’ defense line, and he easily headed past Areola.
For a long time, the Germans were on top. Frankfurt were extremely calm in possession, making it difficult for West Ham to get a hold of the ball.
The presence of Frankfurt in all parts of the field was a lot for the east Londoners to deal with in the early moments. The Hammers, on the other hand, survived the storm for a time and were able to resume playing their own brand of football.
West Ham grabbed a big opportunity after being second best for most of the first half. Jarrod Bowen was passed through, and it seemed like he was going to bury it, except for a crucial touch by goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
The following several minutes were frantic, with actual end-to-end football being played.
West Ham, on the other hand, quickly came back into the game. Kurt Zouma was on the receiving end of a Manuel Lanzini free-kick, and his header across the area found its way to Michail Antonio’s extended leg and into the back of the goal.
For more than a month, the Jamaica international has failed to score in any tournament. What a perfect moment for him to do so, and score his second Europa League goal of the season.
West Ham dominated for most of the game until the interval. Frankfurt had one more opportunity, this time via Knauff, and his effort went just wide – it seemed to have gone wide after a touch from Areola, but it was ruled a goal kick.
The Hammers concluded the first half considerably better than they began, creating a couple of opportunities.
Frankfurt is exploding once again.
West Ham got into a handful of good situations but couldn’t take advantage of them. Their opponents, on the other hand, made an early onslaught count yet again.
For the second time in the game, Frankfurt got off to a fast start. It wasn’t as swift as the first half, but the Germans scored again. Some liquid football made its way to Djibril Sow, whose shot was stopped but Daichi Kamada was given a touch in.
West Ham’s fortunes shifted when Benrahma entered the game. The Algerian provided the Hammers with much-needed vitality, and he was essential in all of their excellent play.
The winger came close after jinking past a couple of defenders shortly after entering the game, but his shot was just wide. West Ham got a lot of the ball again in the second half but couldn’t do anything with it.
Bowen, on the other hand, came close to scoring a game-winning goal late in the game. The Englishman’s acrobatic attempt smacked against the crossbar and, sadly for Moyes’ side, did not cross the line.