West Ham fell to Eintracht after only 49 seconds without touching the ball. Daiichi Kamada sent a cross to Raphael Bure, who sent a cross from the left side of the penalty area to the back post. Ansgar Knauf started there and nodded to make it 1-0 in the far corner.
Affected by the early inability, the hosts needed a few minutes to get into the match. After about a quarter of an hour it was getting really dangerous for Eintracht when Jarrod Bowen shot the post (14th).
In the 21st minute, the Londoners scored a well-deserved equalizer. After a header from Kurt Zouma, Mikhail Antonio scored from close range to make the score 1-1. Then the English invested a little more in the game and created more chances. But Frankfurter appeared more times in the opposing danger zone.
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In the first minutes after changing teams, the pace was not very high. Both teams neutralize each other in the midfield. In the 54th minute, Kamada gave the visitors the lead again. After Gabriel Su failed with a low shot from defender Alphonse Areola, the Japanese sent the rebound into the goal from a short distance to make the score 2-1.
Next, Eintracht focused on defensive action – successfully! West Ham took the most dominant part, but rarely managed to reach promising final positions.
In the 68th minute, Said Benrahma, who had just been substituted, got a free kick. Star Declan Rice pushed this into the wall, Ben Rahma placing the recoil at the top right of the outer column.
After 11 minutes, Frankfurt also failed because of the aluminum. Craig Dawson deflects a mid-range shot from Kamada and the ball hits the post.
In the last stage, it became very dangerous for the Bundesliga club again. In the second minute of overtime, the hammers hit the woodwork for the third time that night. Rice crossed from the right corner of the box to the center, where Bowen waited and grabbed the underside of the crossbar with an overhead kick. The ball bounced to the floor and from there onto Kevin Trapp’s buttocks. Then Tuta explained.
Oliver Glasner (Coach Eintracht Frankfurt): “This performance is really good. The way we got out of here really impressed me. We play forward, we put the opponent under pressure. It’s impressive how confident the players are. But we still have a little bit of improvement in the second leg.”
Sebastian Rudd (Captain Eintracht Frankfurt): “It was a tough match that we were expecting. We put in a lot of good moves and defended well. We hit the post and hit the net. I am happy with the result and also with the match. Now we have the return leg at home. The stadium will be sold out and we will do our best to reach the final.” .
Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt): “I’m not surprised by our performance. We can do it when we’re fully focused – we’ve proven that many times. Tonight was another bright spot for us. We wanted to take the first step towards the final.”
Ansgar Knauf (Eintracht Frankfurt): “The club, the fans and the city – we’re on a great trip here. We analyzed West Ham. I think we did a good job preventing their high crosses from their big players tonight – and that’s for the return leg. The second leg will be crucial.”
David Moyes (West Ham United manager): “We recovered well from the trauma of playing 0-1. But we didn’t show enough quality, especially in the last third in front of goal. We definitely have to do better in the second leg. Our standards were very weak today, maybe weaker than they were in two years.”
Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United): “After the 1-1 draw, we had the chance to score another goal but we didn’t. They are a big team, we are disappointed. We hit the crossbar, the post. We didn’t want to lose at home but we showed that we can respond away from home.”
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