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West Ham suffer in Frankfurt semi-final after Aaron Cresswell’s red card

West Ham’s European dream faded and died after the red mist fell in acrimonious 1-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Full-back Aaron Cresswell was sent off in the first half to leave the Hammers facing an uphill battle, and the manager Moyes David was also ordered from the touchline late after angrily kicking a ball back at a ball kid.

It was a sad end to an uplifting run to the Europa League last four, with West Ham beat sides from Croatia, Belgium, Austria, Spain and France to reach a first European semi-final since 1976.

Aaron Cresswell was sent off in the first half (Mike Egerton/PA)

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But, trailing 2-1 since the first leg, against the same opposition West Ham overturned the same deficit against on that infamous night 46 years ago, Moyes’ side could not emulate Trevor Brooking, Billy Bonds et al continuing to reach the finale.

Instead, a 3-1 aggregate defeat ended their chance of a Champions League place – the prize for trophy winners – next season, and therefore puts the future of captain and valuable asset Declan Ricewho continues to snub a new contract, in doubt.

West Ham had reason to believe they could turn the tide as Eintracht have the third-worst home record in the Bundesliga this season, losing six and drawing six of their 16 matches.

But on the other hand, they have been unbeaten in Europe this season and have drawn 1-1 in each of their previous home fixtures with Real Betis and Barcelona.

Eintracht took the lead at the London Stadium a week ago but this time they suffered an early injury blow when defender Martin Hinteregger limped off after an ill-advised body check on bulldozing Hammers Michail Antonio.

David Moyes was also sent to the stands (Heiko Becker/DPA via PA)

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It looked like it could be West Ham’s night as, on the other hand, they got off to a good start and appeared to be in control despite the hostile atmosphere inside the imposing Deutsche Bank Park.

But they were hit with a huge setback after 19 minutes when Cresswell was mistaken by Jens Hauge and clumsily brought down Eintracht.

Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano initially showed the full-back a yellow card but after consulting the pitch monitor he sentenced Cresswell, who was sent off in the previous round against Lyon, to his second severe but avoidable dismissal of the competition.

West Ham escaped immediate further punishment when Filip Kostic fired the free-kick just inches wide, but three minutes and a defensive reshuffle later they were one goal on the night and two behind on aggregate.

The goal came from Cresswell’s flank on the West Ham left, now occupied by substitute Ben Johnson who had replaced the unlucky Manuel Lanzini.

Rafael Santos Borre scored for Eintracht Frankfurt (Patrick Scheiber/DPA via PA)

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West Ham’s defense was horribly warped as Ansgar Knauff had time and space to throw a low cross for Rafael Santos Borre to convert unchallenged from eight yards out.

The 10 men held off the inevitable barrage for the remainder of the first half, yet nearly grabbed a shock equalizer on the stroke of half when Antonio’s attempt at the far post was blocked on line.

After the break Craig Dawson’s header was saved by Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp and Antonio’s cross just slipped past Jarrod Bowen in a brave but ultimately unsuccessful second-half effort.

The build-up to the match had been marred by arrests across the city for scuffles between supporters, and it ended in a near ruckus with thousands of Eintracht supporters pouring onto the pitch with flares at the kick of final whistle, before riot police and dogs restore a semblance. of order.

Nonetheless, it was a memorable and exhilarating run for a club more accustomed to relegation battles in recent years.

The challenge for Moyes now is to choose his tiring squad for the last three Premier League games and ensure they qualify again.

West Ham suffer in Frankfurt semi-final after Aaron Cresswell’s red card

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