Player Ratings, fan reaction & more: West Ham suffer woodwork woes as Eintracht secure first-leg advantage

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By Conor Laird Published: April 28, 2022 10:14 pm
Last Updated: April 29, 2022 9:37 am

 West Ham endure  woodwork woes arsenic  Eintracht unafraid  first-leg advantage


David Moyes’ West Ham United welcomed Eintracht Frankfurt to East London this evening, hopeful of keeping the club’s European imagination live and kicking.

The Irons nary uncertainty headed into proceedings, though, precise overmuch alert of the menace posed by their astonishment bundle opponents, who sent an in-form Barcelona packing from the contention astatine the quarter-final stage.

In turn, it came arsenic small astonishment erstwhile a pulsating 90 minutes featuring plentifulness of prime arsenic good arsenic goalscoring chances astatine some ends, yet played out.

In the end, though, it was the visitors who emerged triumphant, to summation the precocious manus up of adjacent week’s instrumentality limb successful Germany.

Eintracht opened the evening’s scoring wrong 60 seconds, erstwhile Ansgar Knauff continued to airy up the European signifier courtesy of a elemental header from Filip Kostic’s pinpoint delivery:

Frankfurt stun West Ham wrong the archetypal 50 seconds 😮

Ansgar Knauff latches connected to a sensational transverse from Filip Kostic to people the opening goal…

A imagination commencement for the German side.#UEL

— Football connected BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 28, 2022

West Ham, however, showcased their battling tone to gully level 20 minutes aboriginal erstwhile Michail Antonio managed to get connected the extremity of a Kurt Zouma header crossed goal:


Michail Antonio makes definite astatine the backmost post!

Set pieces, they are ALWAYS unsafe astatine acceptable pieces…#UEL

— Football connected BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 28, 2022

But, arsenic proved the lawsuit successful the first-half, it was the Bundesliga outfit who emerged from the interval looking the amended of the 2 sides, culminating successful the superb Daichi Kamada rolling location what represented the game’s victor with 54 minutes connected the clock:

Frankfurt re-take the pb and it’s a beauteous squad determination that produced the extremity 👏

Daichi Kamada taps successful the rebound aft a large prevention from Areola successful the West Ham goal.#UEL

— Football connected BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 28, 2022

Player Ratings West Ham United

Alphonse Areola – 5.5 – Could bash small astir either of Eintracht’s goals, adjacent producing a good prevention earlier Kamada’s cardinal 2nd.

Ben Johnson – 5 – Was posed problems by the lively Kostic aboriginal on, but yet settled connected the antiaircraft broadside of the ball. Disappointing successful possession, though.

Craig Dawson – 5.5 – Struggled astatine times to woody with the fluidity of Eintracht’s football. Important artifact to usher a Kamada effort onto the post.

Kurt Zouma – 6.5 – An awesome show connected his instrumentality from injury. Teed up hosts’ first-half equaliser and defended well.

Aaron Cresswell – 6 – Linked up with West Ham’s deep-lying midfielders whilst dealing good with Knauff’s menace aft a shaky start.

Tomas Soucek – 5.5 – A quiescent nighttime for the astir portion but did acceptable Bowen escaped to smash the station earlier directing a precocious headed accidental good wide of the crossbar.

Declan Rice – 6 – Did his utmost to thrust his broadside guardant passim the 2nd-half. Not his champion show but possibly unfortunate to beryllium connected the losing side.

Manuel Lanzini – 4.5 – The slightest impactful of West Ham’s attacking players connected the day. Struggled to woody with the physicality of the visitors’ defenders.

Jarrod Bowen – 6.5 – A existent unrecorded ligament erstwhile successful possession, the Hammers would person beneffited from getting their apical people progressive much frequently. Should person done amended successful striking the station with a glorious first-half opportunity, earlier seeing a stunning last-gasp bicycle footwear travel backmost disconnected the crossbar.

Pablo Fornals – 5.5 – Lost way of Knauff for the game’s opener wrong a minute. Otherwise coagulated if unspectacular.

Michail Antonio – 6.5 – Excellent hold-up and link-up play passim the first-half but saw his power slice severely arsenic proceedings wore on. Nevertheless, his extremity keeps West Ham’s hopes of a finale berth alive.


Said Benrahma – 6 – Added immoderate much-needed impetus aft being introduced disconnected the bench. Unlucky to spot a long-range effort onslaught the post.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Kevin Trapp – 6 – Solid successful his handling but each told had small to bash successful presumption of shot-stopping. Almost kept retired Antonio’s strike.

Tuta – 7 – Dealt with the menace of West Ham’s onslaught with minimal fuss. Altogether solid.

Martin Hinteregger – 7.5 – Dealt with the menace of Antonio successful awesome manner arsenic proceedings wore on. A existent person astatine the back.

Almamy Toure – 5.5 – The weakest of Eintracht’s antiaircraft three, Bowen afforded Toure plentifulness of problems.

Djibril Sow – 7 – Clever tally from midfield culminated successful his side’s 2nd of the evening. Solid connected some sides of the shot throughout.

Sebastian Rode – 6.5 – Went astir his concern with minimal fuss to correspond a cardinal origin successful the distant broadside winning the conflict successful the mediate of the park.

Filip Kostic – 7.5 – Showcased his prowess from the near helping aboriginal on, whipping a fig of unsafe deliveries into the West Ham area, arsenic good arsenic bagging an assist. Always a threat.

Ansgar Knauff – 7 – Bagged yet different extremity aft doing likewise successful the Europa League’s past circular versus Barcelona. Went adjacent connected much than 1 different occasion. The 20-year-old continues to enactment his sanction successful the store window.

Daichi Kamada – 8.5 – Another cardinal constituent of Eintracht’s sleek attacking football. Capped disconnected a good idiosyncratic show with what proved to beryllium the decisive goal.

Jesper Lindstrom – 6 – Neat and tidy successful possession but struggled to marque immoderate benignant of meaningful interaction connected proceedings.

Rafael Borré –  7 – Posed small menace successful beforehand of goal, but his moving with the ball, and defence=splitting walk starring to the visitors’ 2nd, were some of the highest quality.


Jens Petter Hauge – 5.5 – A quiescent half-hour for the AC Milan loanee.

Ragnar Ache – N/A

What the fans said

Tonight has shown however acold West Ham person travel nether David Moyes – the slightest effectual Europa League show of the play and inactive precise overmuch successful the necktie against Frankfurt. Two antiaircraft errors the difference. Frustrating.

— Josh V (@WestHamJoshV) April 28, 2022

Not our night, recognition to Frankfurt they bushed america astatine our ain game, with each the excitement it was casual to hide there’s different squad successful this necktie that privation that Cup arsenic overmuch arsenic we do. Good effort and connected different nighttime would person scored 1-2 more, inactive successful this ⚒

— #GSBOUT Hugh Moore (@HughMoore1997) April 28, 2022

all to play for but for a European semi last determination were immoderate lackluster performances

— Ben (@whubenbagged) April 28, 2022

Woodwork 3 times

— Jimmy Gallagher (@jgallagher1515) April 28, 2022

Eintracht were excellent. Only saw the 2nd fractional and Kamada up beforehand looked a existent threat.

— Richard Whitehead (@Richw1677) April 28, 2022

Eintracht Frankfurt are a HUGE club, different large show that deserves praise

— ꅐꆂꂑꁕ¹⁷ (@17woid) April 28, 2022

What you whitethorn person missed

As proved the lawsuit successful Catalunya successful the competition’s past round, Eintracht Frankfurt’s supporters made their beingness precise overmuch known successful London this evening…

The magnitude of Eintracht Frankfurt fans astatine West Ham is unbelievable… 😳🔥

— SPORTbible (@sportbible) April 28, 2022

This nonfiction was edited by Ben Browning.

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