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Eintracht Frankfurt v West Ham United Live Commentary, 05/05/2022

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Thanks for joining us for live coverage of Eintracht Frankfurt's 1-0 win over West Ham in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final.
Glasner's men can now look forward to a meeting with Rangers in the final on 18th May, where the winner will lift the Europa League trophy. They have domestic duties first though, facing Borussia Monchengladbach and then Mainz before they do battle with the Scottish side. For West Ham, they will have to put this disappointment behind them and turn their attentions back to the Premier League. They still have work to do if they want to play European football next season, with a visit to Norwich City next as they look to fend off Wolves for the final European place.
The referee blows the final whistle, and it will be Eintracht Frankfurt who will play Rangers in the final of the Europa League. They were helped early on, when the visitors went down to 10 men. A long ball over the top caused all sorts of havoc, and Cresswell chose to drag down Hauge. The defender was initially awarded just a yellow card, but after a VAR check the referee chose to instead send him off. It got worse for the Hammers soon after, when Knauff picked out Borre in the box with a low cross. The striker made no mistake with the finish, and sent it into the bottom left corner past Areola to make it 1-0. The visitors huffed and puffed late on, going close with Antonio and Soucek. However, they couldn't find a way through, and it's the German side who advance.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 1-0 WEST HAM
90' + 5' Both Rice and Yarmolenko see late shots either saved or blocked, and it doesn't look as if they'll have time to create any more chances.
90' + 4' Moyes' side have given it a bit of a go late on, but the hosts have surely done enough now to get themselves to Seville.
90' + 2' Jakic ignores the options to his left and instead decides to have a pop at goal from distance. It ends up being the wrong choice, as his shot is always rising and flies well over.
K. Trapp
Yellow Card
Eintracht Frankfurt
90' Trapp is yellow-carded for dissent.
90' What a chance for the visitors! Soucek gets on the end of a corner, but his header at the back post goes just wide. He will felt he should've done better there.
88' Rice plays a superb diagonal ball to pick out Antonio on the counter, but Trapp is able to easily save the striker's left-footed effort. That could've been West Ham's chance to set up a nervy late finish for the hosts.
A. Yarmolenko
V. Coufal
West Ham United
87' Yarmolenko comes on for Coufal, in an attacking change.
86' Toure drills an effort at goal, but Areola is able to tip it over for a corner. It may have been heading over anyway, but Areola took no chances.
85' Jakic pulls the ball back across goal for Paciencia, but Dawson does well to nip in front of the striker and clear the ball for a corner.
83' Paciencia nearly scores straight after coming on, but his left-footed volley flies wide after Kostic found him in the middle.
Gonçalo Paciência
R. Borré
Eintracht Frankfurt
83' Goalscorer Borre makes way for Paciencia.
A. Hrustić
J. Hauge
Eintracht Frankfurt
82' Hrustic comes on for Hauge.
A. Knauff
Yellow Card
Eintracht Frankfurt
81' Knauff is also booked after being involved in the fracas.
S. Benrahma
Yellow Card
West Ham United
81' There's another incident between the two teams, with Benrahma seeing yellow for his part in it.
80' Rice curls an effort towards the bottom right corner from 25 yards out, but Trapp is down quickly to his left to gather it at the second attempt.
T. Chandler
Yellow Card
Eintracht Frankfurt
78' Chandler is booked for dissent.
78' There's a bit of a scuffle in the technical area, and Moyes is red-carded.
M. Antonio
Yellow Card
West Ham United
76' Antonio is booked, after a push whilst waiting for a corner to be taken.
K. Jakić
S. Rode
Eintracht Frankfurt
76' Jakic comes on for Rode, as Glasner looks to see the game out.
75' Kostic drags down Bowen for a free-kick in a good crossing position. The set-piece is then swung in, and it pings around the box before Benrahma sees a shot deflected behind. The Algerian claims for a handball, but the referee disagrees.
S. Benrahma
Pablo Fornals
West Ham United
74' Fornals makes way for Benrahma, as Moyes is forced to chase the game.
73' Kostic fizzes a shot into the side netting from distance, although Areola never looked worried.
71' The German side are looking the more likely to grab the next goal here. If they find one, it will surely kill this tie off.
69' Zouma gets in with a big header to stop a Kostic floated cross from reaching Borre in the middle. Kamada then shoots from the left of the box, but his effort slides harmlessly wide of the post.
68' Time is running out quickly for Moyes' team if they are to make a dramatic comeback and get themselves into the final.
S. Rode
Yellow Card
Eintracht Frankfurt
66' Rode goes in the book for bringing down Bowen as the West Ham man looked to counter.
64' A deep free-kick ends up with Dawson at the back-post. The defender whips the ball back across the face of goal, but it's too high for any of his team-mates and skips away for a throw.
62' Bowen floats a delivery into the box from the right, but the ball is very poor and Soucek can't reach it as it runs away for a throw-in.
60' Antonio whips an excellent cross into the middle of the box, where Dawson is waiting. The centre-back heads down into the ground and towards the right of the goal, but Trapp does well to shift to his left and gather it.
59' The visitors have never beaten a German team away from home in three attempts.
57' Bowen sends a low ball into a really dangerous area. However, Toure is well placed to hack it clear before Antonio can tap in at the back post.
56' Sow shoots from 30 yards out, but his low effort is drilled well wide of the left post.
54' Hauge and Kamada look to link up in the box, but the former misplaces a pass at the crucial time and the West Ham defence is able to clear upfield.
52' Kostic floats a cross to the back post, but Johnson does enough to put off Knauff as he tries to head at goal. The flag later goes up, as the ball had already gone out for a goal kick.
51' Coufal lobs another long-throw into the box, but the referee spots an infringement in the box and awards the hosts a free-kick.
49' Borre fizzes a volley at goal, but Areola does well to get down to his left and gather the shot.
48' The hosts have a spell of possession, but a loose pass out to Kostic on the left kills the momentum of the attack as the Hammers will have a throw-in.
46' The visitors get us back under way for the second period. Can they pull off a dramatic comeback?
Moyes will be desperate to get back into this tie and reach the final. Will he call upon the likes of Yarmolenko and Benrahma off the bench to help his side?
The referee blows the whistle to end a first half in which the hosts have put themselves into the ascendancy. They go into the break a goal up, giving themselves a 3-1 advantage in the tie. West Ham's task was made tougher after nearly 20 minutes, when Cresswell didn't deal well with a long ball and ended up dragging down Hauge. The referee initially awarded the defender a yellow card, but after a VAR check he changed his mind and instead sent off the defender. Things went from bad to worse for the Hammers on 26 minutes, when Knauff dragged the ball back into the middle of the box for Borre, who dispatched his finish into the bottom corner. The English side nearly pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, when a free-kick was nudged at goal by Zouma. However, Ndicka cleared off the line to ensure the game goes to the interval with the scoreline 1-0.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 1-0 WEST HAM
D. Rice
Yellow Card
West Ham United
45' + 3' Rice is booked for dissent, for his protests about the referee penalising him for a foul on Kamada.
45' + 1' Rode lets fly from distance, but his left-footed effort is well wide of the left post.
45' The referee adds on four minutes of additional time at the end of the first-half.
44' So close for the visitors! The free-kick is swung in from the right, and it goes through a crowd of players all the way to the back-post. It's nudged towards goal by Zouma, but is then cleared off the line by Ndicka.
O. N'Dicka
Yellow Card
Eintracht Frankfurt
43' Ndicka is yellow-carded for clattering into Antonio on the right-hand side.
41' This is the first time that West Ham have faced a German team away in Europe since the first leg of the Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1975-76 campaign. This was a 2-1 defeat away at Eintracht Frankfurt.
39' If Eintracht Frankfurt progress here, they will become the first German side to reach both a UEFA Cup and Europa League final.
37' The hosts are bidding to get to the final of a European competition for the first time since the 1980 season, when they beat Borussia Monchengladbach to win their last European trophy.
35' Bowen is brought down after charging forward down the right. He screams for a free-kick but to no avail, as the referee waves play on.
33' It's a tall order for the Hammers to get back into this tie, especially with the way the hosts are knocking the ball around at the moment. The German side will want to grab another here to potentially put this tie to bed.
31' Soucek rises highest to meet a Johnson cross from the left, but his header flies well over Trapp's crossbar.
29' Antonio looks to chase onto a through ball, but Ndicka is alert to nip in and slide the ball away from the striker and halt the danger.
28' Glasner's side try to add a quick second, but a corner is well overhit. The ball ends up being floated back into the box, though Areola does well to come and claim it.
A. Knauff
Assist
Eintracht Frankfurt
26' Knauff's ball found Borre in acres of space in the box, before the striker did the rest.
R. Borré
Goal
Eintracht Frankfurt
26' The hosts take the lead!!! Borre is the scorer, after an excellent move. Knauff was played in down the right, before he laid the ball back to Borre in space in the box. The striker makes no mistake with the finish, as he drags it into the bottom left corner past Areola to make it 1-0 in the second leg and 3-1 in the tie.
24' The last side to advance to a Europa League final after losing the first leg of the semi-finals was Liverpool in the 2015/16 season. Prior to this campaign, only four of the 17 teams who have lost the first leg have progressed to the final. Can the visitors defy the odds here?
B. Johnson
M. Lanzini
West Ham United
22' Moyes has to shake things up after Cresswell's sending off, and decides to bring on Johnson for Lanzini.
20' Kostic takes the free-kick from the edge of the box, but drives the free-kick wide of the bottom right corner. That would've really rubbed salt in the West Ham wounds.
A. Cresswell
Red Card
West Ham United
19' Cresswell is off!!! The referee goes to the pitchside monitor, and decides to revoke the yellow card and instead send off Cresswell. The task gets much tougher for the visitors.
19' A long ball over the top causes Cresswell issues, before he drags down Hauge. The referee decides to only book him, but is now going to VAR to assess whether Cresswell should've been sent off. This is a huge moment in the tie.
17' The German side have advanced from 22 of their 25 European two-legged ties after winning the first leg, while they’ve never been knocked out after winning an away first leg.
15' Coufal launches a long throw into the box, but it's poor and Trapp is able to rush out of his goal and catch it. He tries to set his team away on a counter with a long hoof upfield, but Dawson is able to deal with the danger.
13' There's been a lack of quality going forward so far, with both sides struggling to create anything of note. Which side can produce a bit of magic to grab the opening goal?
11' The German side take a corner short, with Kostic laying the ball back to Hauge. However, the latter's cross is well overhit and the ball flies over everybody's head and out for a goal kick.
10' Kostic floats a cross in from the left, but Rice is well-positioned to hack it clear for a throw-in before any harm can be done.
A. Touré
M. Hinteregger
Eintracht Frankfurt
8' Hinteregger does indeed make way, with Toure on to replace him.
7' The defender is down again, and we'll surely now see the hosts make a change.
6' The Austrian centre-back comes back onto the pitch, although he isn't looking very comfortable in doing so.
6' Hinteregger is off the field but he hasn't been substituted as of yet, as he receives treatment on the side of the pitch.
5' Hinteregger is down clutching at his hamstring, and Glasner may be forced into an early change here.
3' Cresswell swings an early corner in, but the hosts are able to scramble it clear at the second attempt.
1' The hosts kick us off and we are under way.
The two teams make their way onto the pitch ahead of kick-off.
Visiting boss David Moyes goes with four alterations from the team who lost against Arsenal, as Dawson and Soucek return to the side. Areola is preferred in goal to Fabianski, while Antonio will start up top. Benrahma, Fredericks and Noble start on the bench.
Home head coach Oliver Glasner makes six changes from the loss at Leverkusen, with Rode and Sow replacing Jakic and Hrustic in central midfield, while Hinteregger comes in for Hasebe in defence. Knauff, Kamada and Borre are the other players chosen to start, with Ache, Paciencia and Chandler all dropping to the bench.
SUBS: Arthur Masuaku, Issa Diop, Alex Kral, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ajibola Alese, Ben Johnson, Nikola Vlasic, Ryan Fredericks, Darren Randolph, Mark Noble, Lukasz Fabianski, Said Benrahma.
WEST HAM (4-3-3): Alphonse Areola; Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell; Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Pablo Fornals; Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini.
SUBS: Goncalo Paciencia, Christopher Lenz, Kristijan Jakic, Sam Lammers, Aymen Barkok, Danny da Costa, Ajdin Hrustic, Almamy Toure, Timothy Chandler, Ragnar Ache, Jens Grahl, Makoto Hasebe.
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT (3-4-3): Kevin Trapp; Tuta, Martin Hinteregger, Evan Ndicka; Ansgar Knauff, Djibril Sow, Sebastian Rode, Filip Kostic; Jens Hauge, Rafael Borre, Daichi Kamada.
The visitors made it to the semi-final stage after beating Lyon 4-1 on aggregate in the last round, winning 3-0 in France in the second leg to secure their progression. The Hammers will need another big away performance here if they are to overturn the deficit and reach the final in Seville. They’ve also been in domestic action since the first leg, losing 2-1 at home to Arsenal.
The hosts take a lead into this second game, after winning 2-1 in London a week ago. They reached the semi-final after overcoming Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, and currently sit 11th in their domestic league. Their last match was a 2-0 away defeat to Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the second leg of the Europa League semi-final between Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham.