First European semi-final for 46 years ends in defeat for West Ham

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West Ham United v Eintracht Frankfurt – UEFA Europa League – Semifinal – First Leg – London Stadium
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West Ham were incapable to emergence to the juncture successful their archetypal European semi-final for 46 years, arsenic they slipped to a 2-1 decision to Eintracht Frankfurt.

David Moyes’ broadside were near to rue antiaircraft errors which allowed Frankfurt to instrumentality the pb wrong the opening infinitesimal astatine the London Stadium done Ansgar Knauff’s header.

The Hammers were capable to gully level wrong the archetypal half, with Michail Antonio bundling the shot implicit the enactment for his archetypal extremity since March 2.

However it was not capable for the London nine connected the nighttime and Frankfurt were capable to retake the pb successful the 2nd half, with Daichi Kamada slotting the shot past Alphonse Areola.

Frankfurt had looked an enticing imaginable for the Hammers, presently ninth successful the Bundesliga, but they started the crippled afloat of assurance having knocked European giants Barcelona retired successful the quarter-finals.

Inside the archetypal minute, Frankfurt stunned West Ham to instrumentality the lead. The shot was played successful from the near to Almamy Toure connected the borderline of the container and his lofted walk recovered Knauff who headed home.

The location broadside tried to get backmost into it with a lofted transverse towards Tomas Soucek, but it was conscionable implicit the towering midfielder.

West Ham United v Eintracht Frankfurt – UEFA Europa League – Semifinal – First Leg – London Stadium

Michail Antonio got West Ham backmost successful the necktie with his first-half equaliser (Nick Potts/PA)

West Ham had an perfect accidental to level the necktie successful the 13th infinitesimal erstwhile Jarrod Bowen drove done the Frankfurt defence but his last changeable was tipped onto the woodwork by goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

However the Hammers lone had to hold until the 22nd infinitesimal to find the equaliser.

Manuel Lanzini stepped up to instrumentality a free-kick and lofted it into the area, with Kurt Zouma flicking the shot backmost crossed extremity for Antonio to bundle it implicit the line.

In the 39th minute, West Ham recovered themselves exposed astatine the backmost arsenic Knauff was played done with a shot that carved unfastened the location side’s defence. The striker’s interaction was mediocre and helium rounded the keeper but ended up firing implicit the bar.

The 2nd fractional started successful the aforesaid manner arsenic the archetypal fractional ended, with West Ham having a accidental erstwhile Antonio picked retired Soucek, but the Czech planetary mistimed his volley, hitting it into the crushed past wide of the target.

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Frankfurt retook the pb arsenic West Ham yet again near themselves unfastened astatine the back.

Kamada had the last interaction aft Craig Dawson stepped retired of presumption to let a shot from Jesper Lindstrom to get done the West Ham backline.

Areola was adjacent to Djibril Sow’s attempt, but Kamada was capable to pat location from the rebound.

Minutes aft coming connected Said Benrahma astir levelled the necktie with a clever onslaught from extracurricular the area, but his deflected changeable looped narrowly implicit the goal.

West Ham tried to propulsion for an equaliser but struggled to interruption done the German side’s defence and it was Frankfurt who astir wrapped it up successful the 79th infinitesimal erstwhile Kamada’s deflected effort deed the woodwork.

In added time, the Hammers had a last accidental to level the necktie with Bowen’s attempted overhead footwear but contempt a bully transportation his effort rebounded disconnected the crossbar.

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