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Europa LeagueFrankfurt 1-0 West Ham ( 3-1 Agg)

Frankfurt 1-0 West Ham ( 3-1 Agg)

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 havoc, and Cresswell chose to drag down Hauge.

The defender was initially awarded just a yellow card, but after a VAR check, the referee sent him off instead.

Soon after, Knauff picked out Borre in the box with a low cross. But then, it got worse for the Hammers.

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 was the German side that advance.

Starting lineup:

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.

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.

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: Arthur Masuaku, Issa Diop, Alex Kral, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ajibola Alese, Ben Johnson, Nikola Vlasic, Ryan Fredericks, Darren Randolph, Mark Noble, Lukasz Fabianski, Said Benrahma.

Goals:

The hosts take the lead!!! Borre is the scorer after an excellent move. Knauff was played 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.

So, what’s next?

Frankfurt 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 a battle with the Scottish side.

West Ham will have to put this disappointment behind them and turn their attention back to the Premier League.

They still have work to do if they want to play European football next season, with a visit Norwich City next as they look to fend off Wolves for the final European place.

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