Eintracht Frankfurt booked their place in the Europa League final on Thursday night by bursting West Ham‘s bubble and sending the Premier League side out.
David Moyes‘ Hammers had enjoyed a remarkable European campaign to make it to the final four, but the Germans were too good over two legs, claiming a 3-1 aggregate win after winning 1-0 at home in the second leg.
West Ham‘s task was always going to be tricky in Frankfurt, and it was made all the more complicated when Aaron Cresswell was sent off after just 19 minutes. A long ball over the top put the defender into trouble, and he was originally shown a yellow card for his foul on Hauge before VAR intervened and it was upgraded.
Just over five minutes later, Eintracht led on the night and extended their advantage to two goals. A nicely worked move ended up with a cutback to Rafael Santos Borre, and he made no mistake in clinically finishing past Alphonse Areola into the bottom corner.
The task from there was monumental for the English side, and they put in a brave effort for what was left of the night.
It was, though, always going to be a tough ask. Ultimately, they didn’t have enough in the tank to fight their way back into the game.
Eintracht Frankfurt will face Rangers in the final.
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