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One more step to Seville. With an away win over West Ham, Eintracht Frankfurt is headed to the Europa League final. The Hessians won thanks to a dream start and they just need a draw at home.

The dream of the Europa League final is within reach of Eintracht Frankfurt after another strong performance.

The Bundesliga football club won the first leg of the semi-final against West Ham United 2-1 (1-1) and could make the trip to the final on May 18 in Seville next Thursday ideal in front of their home fans.

Ansgar Knauf put Hesian team, who has not yet lost in the current competition, ahead in the first minute in front of 60 thousand spectators in London, which Mikhail Antonio (21) equaled to take seventh place in the English Premier League. After the change, Daiichi Kamada (54) scored the guest win.

As always in Europe, Oliver Glasner’s team behaved with heart and passion and thus secured a great starting position for the second leg. Then, for the first time since winning the UEFA Cup 42 years ago, Eintracht will be in the final of an international club competition. League rival RB Leipzig can wait there.

Glasner declared over the RTL microphone before kick-off: “We want to show our face in the UEFA Europa League Eintracht. This is our approach. That’s why I’m happy and have complete confidence in the team.” Hardly said before the act: After just 50 seconds, assists starter Rafael Borre and top scorer Knauf used collective deep sleep for West Ham’s defence. Knauf headed without an opponent at the far post and scored the fastest goal for Eintracht in the European League so far.

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And then the voices of the 3,000 Frankfurt fans, most dressed in white, could be heard. Unlike Barcelona, ​​the set of tickets allocated was valid this time, and the “eagle invasion” announced by board spokesman Axel Hellmann, at least not at the stadium, did not materialize. More than 25,000 Eintracht supporters arrived at the Camp Nou.

And football professionals from London defended themselves very differently from Barcelona two weeks ago. After a poor first quarter of an hour, West Ham increased significantly and dominated the match. First, winger Jarrod Bowen (14) failed at the post, and Kevin Trapp after a worthwhile game, but a deserved equalizer followed soon after: striker Antonio was able to shoot freely at the second post after a trainee record change.

The duel was not only the football battle that Glasner announced, it was also worth watching in terms of gameplay. Driven by the impressive background on the Olympic stadium, the hosts played a second goal before the break, but Eintracht had the best chance before the change: Knauf was put in the spotlight again, but his 39-round shot from the vicinity of ten metres was only successful when Gate
Alphonse Areola finished.

The second half also started perfectly for Hesian’s side: Areola managed to block a low shot from Djibril Sue, but Kamada dusted off the dust with complete freedom to take the lead again. The English defense once again behaved very passively and thus deprived themselves of the reward for a decent performance previously.

As in the first half, West Ham increased the pressure. Saeed bin Rahma’s strong attempt from a distance (68) touched the crossbar, and Turab had no chance. The hosts happily continued to attack and sometimes entered the penalty area, but the end result was missing. On the other hand, Kamada (79) could have increased, but the skewed shot fell on the post. Bowen’s superb overhead kick in overtime hit the bar.

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