Frankfurt 1 – 0 West Ham

A ten-man West Ham fell short of reaching their first major European final in 46 years as they were beaten 1-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday, losing the tie 3 -1 overall.

Aaron Cresswell was sent off after 19 minutes for denying a scoring opportunity following VAR intervention, before an unmarked Rafael Santos Borre opened the scoring from close range (26) to extend Frankfurt’s aggregate lead.

West Ham manager David Moyes was also sent off after angrily kicking a ball towards a ball boy in the 78th minute, having seen his team struggle to recover after losing a man.

Explaining his dismissal, Moyes said: “I have to apologize for kicking the ball, but the ballboy cut it short and I volleyed well.”

Frankfurt, which remains undefeated in the Europa League, will play Rangers – who beat RB Leipzig 3-2 on aggregate – in the final on May 18 in Seville.

The final whistle gave way to scenes of jubilation as thousands of Frankfurt fans poured onto the pitch and police had to intervene to ensure the situation remained peaceful.

West Ham’s European tour comes to a frustrating end

Miguel Antonio

Frankfurt’s colossal defender Martin Hinteregger was sent off within seven minutes after suffering a suspected hamstring injury, with Almamy Toure coming on in his place.

His departure left Frankfurt looking nervous until Cresswell’s dismissal.

team news

  • Vladimir Coufal kept his starting job at right back, while Ben Johnson had to settle for a bench spot after returning from injury
  • Evan N’Dicka returned to the Eintracht Frankfurt defense to replace Almamy Toure after serving his suspension
  • Jens Petter Hauge replaced Jesper Lindstrom on the right flank

The West Ham defender, who was shown a red card against Lyon in the quarter-final stage, was caught off guard by a long overhand pass to Jens Petter Hauge.

Unable to track the flight of the ball, an isolated Cresswell grabbed the Frankfurt striker before bringing him down without any of his West Ham team-mates covering him.

The referee initially showed a yellow card, but the VAR sent his monitor and rightly decided to send off Cresswell for denying a scoring opportunity.

Just seven minutes later, Frankfurt asserted their numerical advantage when Knauff, the first-leg scorer, became Borre’s provider with an impeccable cut, which found the striker completely unmarked on the edge of the box and finished. easily.

Losing their way following the dismissal, West Ham came agonizingly close to leveling the night a minute before half-time when Kurt Zouma’s chest effort from a Jarrod Bowen free kick was cleared off the line by the defender. Evan N’Dicka. a reported target for Manchester United and Newcastle.

The Premier League side threw as much as they could at Frankfurt in the second half but were unable to produce any leads in the final third.

Frustration grew for West Ham as Frankfurt managed the game well, denying any clear opportunities for the visitors.

The tension boiled over in the closing stages when Moyes was sent off after reacting when the Frankfurt bench took too long to return the ball, and the Scot saw red for kicking the ball to the opposite side when it was finally returned.

There was a late chance for West Ham in the 90th minute when Soucek was flagged at the far post from a set piece only for the midfielder to head in a deeply frustrating night for the Hammers.

Rice ‘gutted’ furious with referee

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice was angered by Jesús Gil Manzano’s refereeing and felt the referee’s decisions favored Frankfurt, but accepted that Cresswell’s red card was fair.

Rice, who appeared to be booked for something he said to the referee, said BT Sport: “The red card was the correct decision looking back. But none of the decisions seemed to go in our favor.

“The referee seemed to make all the decisions in his favor and when you have someone against you, you can’t do much.”

Despite his clear frustration and anger, Rice was pleased with his team’s performance and promised that they would be back.

“We’re devastated, we’ve come so far as a group,” Rice added. “We’ve given everything this year, you know we’re not the biggest team and still playing week after week, 50+ games a season after last year.

“I’m proud, too. To go down to 10 men and make that turn, a lot of teams would go away and lose by three or four. The way we try to defend and advance one man down emphasizes everything West is about ham.

“We will fight to the end.”

Moyes: We have enjoyed EL, but not the refereeing

David Moyes was also aggrieved by the referee’s performance, saying “we’ve enjoyed being in the competition, I don’t know if we’ve enjoyed the refereeing”.

Asked if he had any complaints about the red card, Moyes told BT Sport: “I have a lot of complaints, yes.”

When asked about his ejection, Moyes said: “I kicked the ball boy back, so I apologize for that, but he kicked me very lightly.”

He added: “Really disappointed. Things didn’t go our way that night. No small things happened, but I’m very proud of the players. The way they played with 10 men was fantastic. They stuck to it. Other teams would.” I’ve doubled down and lost two or three. The guys here are great. tough guys.

“I thought we tried. We created chances. I thought we had better chances than Frankfurt. But we congratulate them. They go through, we don’t and we give them our best wishes.”

“I don’t feel any of that [pride] right now. I feel disappointed because I felt that this was an opportunity. We have played against better teams probably than Frankfurt. Let’s be honest, we probably lost the game in the first 30 seconds at the London Stadium when we conceded. We were chasing the game ever since.

“We enjoyed being in the competition. I’m not sure I enjoyed the officiating. We have a pretty good team, so I think we can try again. We’ll be a little wiser and hopefully we can do it more often.”

West Ham fixture schedule

Sunday – norwich Premier league

15 th of May – Manchester City (m) Premier League, live on Sky Sports

May 22nd – Brighton (one) Premier league

What’s next for West Ham?

Sunday, May 15, 1:00 p.m.

Start 14:00

West Ham travel to relegated Norwich on Sunday as they look to rekindle their momentum to finish in the top six in the Premier League after four games without a win domestically, losing three of them. The Hammers host league leaders Manchester City the following Sunday, live on sky Sports, as the visitors chase a third consecutive title.

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