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Frankfurt’s coach Oliver Glasner brought two fresh forces from the start compared to the 2-1 win in the first leg. Lindström, behind which “a big question mark was”, did not fit in time after his thigh injury. Haug moved into the starting eleven for the injured offensive player. In addition, Glasner placed in Ndicka in the place of Toure in the triple chain. West Ham’s coach David Moyes did not change his starting eleven after the first leg and only brought a new one in the initial formation: Coufal replaced Johnson at the back right.

Hinteregger has to get out early

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But at the beginning of the game, both teams struggled anyway. The tension at Frankfurt and West Ham was visibly felt, since particularly simple ball losses were not uncommon. In addition, Eintracht suffered a deep blow in the fourth minute: Hinteregger injured himself in the sprint duel with Antonio on the right thigh and indicated directly that it does not go on for him. Tour replaced the Frankfurt defense chief.

Cresswell sees red – Borré achieves the redeeming 1-0

But the SGE was not put off by the central defender’s failure and gained a little more confidence in your own game. In addition, the Eintracht benefited from the early expulsion on the part of the guests: Cresswell pulled Haug to the ground after a long ball and saw the red card (19th) after referee Jesus Gil Manzano had seen the scene on the monitor again and the Original yellow card revised. From then on, West Ham was in front of a mammoth task, since the SGE fans were also stored by the dismissal and whipped their team forward.

With the support of the fans, the load dropped off the shoulders of the SGE players. And Borré’s leadership then made Frankfurt to quake: At the presentation of Knauff, the goal scorer put the ball in the left corner (26th). With the lead in the back, Eintracht took out some pace and more and more stabilized. West Ham, on the other hand, focused on counterattack and defended outnumbered almost exclusively in his own penalty area. The guests only became dangerous once before the change of sides, but Ndicka clarified Zouma’s conclusion on the line (44.) and saved the narrow lead.

After the change of sides, the fans saw a much slower game. West Ham kept the risk low for the time being and concentrated on counterattack, which the SGE mostly failed early and consistently. But Frankfurt didn’t really find on the way on the other side. Because: On the offensive, the home side lacked joke and creativity to get behind the last chain of the compactly defending guests, which is why there were also great opportunities.

West Ham is missing the necessary happiness

But it became a bit more exciting with the final phase: West Ham went into the risk, but did not lead to dangerous chances for the time being, only Dawson hit an air hole at the penalty point after a corner ball and missed the possible 1: 1 (77th). Shortly thereafter, the emotions boiled up again and guest coach Moyes flew off the square with red (78.) after a smaller pack formation. The gripping and thrilling final phase was able to end Joker Paciencia almost immediately after his substitution, but missed the decisive 2-0 hairstyle (83.).

In front of his own goal, the Eintracht was lucky that the last rearing up of the guests ended without earnings: First parried trapp against Antonio (89.), then Soucek headed from the shortest distance next to the box (90th), according to which the fans of the SGE Finally switched to celebration mode and adjusted to the final in Seville.

In the final of Seville on May 18, Frankfurt meets the Glasgow Rangers, which prevented a German finale with a 3-1 success against Leipzig. First, however, league football is on the program again: Leipzig welcomes Gladbach on Sunday (3:30 p.m.). West Ham also guests in Norwich on Sunday (3 p.m.).

By Jereth

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