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Result Eintracht Frankfurt vs. West Ham: final result, goals, highlights and game report from the semi-finals of the Europa League

west hamHis Europe dream faded and died after the red mist settled during a bitter 1-0 European League Away defeat in the semifinals Eintracht Frankfurt.

full-back Aaron Creswell was sent off in the first half to leave the Hammers ahead of a tough fight and managers David Moys was also ordered off the sidelines late after angrily kicking a ball back towards a ball boy.

It was a sad end to an uplifting run in the Europa League bottom four, which saw West Ham defeat teams from Croatia, Belgium, Austria, Spain and France to reach a European semi-final for the first time since 1976.

But trailing 2-1 from the first leg against the same opponents West Ham came from that same deficit on that famous night 46 years ago, Moyes’ side couldn’t emulate Trevor Brooking, Billy Bonds and others by going on the final.

Instead, a 3-1 aggregate defeat ended their chance of a place in the Champions League – the prize for the trophy winners – next season, and with it the future of captain and esteemed asset Declan Rice, who continues to do so if in doubt, terminate a new contract.

West Ham had reason to believe they could turn the tie around as Eintracht have the third-worst home record in the Bundesliga this season, losing six of their 16 games and drawing six.

But on the other hand, they are unbeaten in Europe this season, drawing 1-1 against Real Betis and Barcelona in their previous home games.

Eintracht had taken an early lead at the London stadium a week ago but this time they suffered early injury damage when defender Martin Hinteregger hobbled away after an unwise body check on Hammers bulldozer Michail Antonio.

It looked like it could be West Ham’s night as, in contrast, they had started well and seemed in control despite the hostile atmosphere at the imposing Deutsche Bank Park.

Aaron Creswell saw red after just 19 minutes

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But they suffered a setback after 19 minutes when Jens Hauge’s Creswell slipped and clumsily brought Eintracht down.

Spain referee Jesus Gil Manzano initially gave the full-back a yellow card but, after consulting the sideline manager, handed down Creswell, who had been sent off in the preliminary round against Lyon, to his second tough but avoidable elimination from the competition.

West Ham escaped immediate further punishment when Filip Kostic fired the free-kick just inches wide but three minutes and a defensive change later they were a goal down in the evening and two goals down overall.

The goal came from Creswell’s cross on West Ham’s left, now occupied by substitute Ben Johnson, who had come on for the unfortunate Manuel Lanzini.

West Ham’s defense were terribly out of shape when Ansgar Knauff had the time and space to roll a low cross to Rafael Santos Borre, which he converted unchallenged from eight yards out.

Rafael Borre scored the only goal of the game in Frankfurt

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The 10-man withstood the inevitable barrage for the remainder of the first half and still nearly scored a shock equalizer at the break when Antonio’s attempt at the far post was blocked on the line.

After the break, Craig Dawson’s header was parried by Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp and Antonio’s cross was narrowly missed by Jarrod Bowen in a brave but ultimately futile second half.

Preparations for the game had been marred by arrests across the city over scuffles between fans and nearly ended in chaos as thousands of Eintracht fans poured onto the pitch after the final whistle with torches before riot police and dogs restored any semblance of order .

Nonetheless, it was a memorable, exhilarating ride for a club more accustomed to relegation battles in recent years.

The challenge for Moyes now is to bring his tiring side in for their final three Premier League games and ensure they qualify again.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/west-ham-frankfurt-result-score-cresswell-europa-league-b2072651.html Result Eintracht Frankfurt vs. West Ham: final result, goals, highlights and game report from the semi-finals of the Europa League

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