Kevin Trapp allowed the first group of hackers in his penalty area to do their work – it was the moving snippet squad, who hastily removed traces of holiday decorations with foliage before kick-off. Otherwise the game should have been played on scraps of paper instead of grass.
The Eintracht Frankfurt fan curve rose strongly to appreciate the evening. She smoked and flashed in a sea of black and white flags as on New Year’s Eve, and the singing was as hypnotic as at a huge voodoo party – only with the voice of Motörhead. Anyone who wanted to experience an unbridled test theater like Buenos Aires’ Boca Juniors Theater was in for a spot on Thursday night at Waldstadion and could save themselves the trip.
The frenzied anticipation of Euro-Eintracht should not disappoint. “Historical” was certainly the most used word in local media’s advance reporting, but it was the right word for the right occasion. Frankfurt did not allow Premier League powerhouse West Ham United to stop them from rushing into the Europa League final. The 1-0 win over an outnumbered opponent didn’t bring the European Cup big drama, but it didn’t detract from the grand celebration.
The match started with a shock to the owners of the land. Defense chief Martin Hinterger, who recovered from an infection in time for everyone’s comfort, injured his thigh just three minutes into the match and had to leave the field. Hinterger is not only a skilled defender, he is also one of the pioneers in the spirit of the Frankfurt European Cup and his passing was a frightening thing for his team. It was a long and hard time before you broke free from hibernation. The fact that Londoners did not attempt to use the opponent’s insecurity was their failure – and an expression of their own powerlessness. West Ham recently lost one defeat after another.
West Ham turns red after a video game
Frankfurt’s first constructive attack was the usual embarrassment for a team not daring to come out of cover. A long pass from Daichi Kamada to lone striker Jens Petter Hauge, hit by chance, is actually not a promising maneuver – however it was the scene that decided the game. Hammers defensive man Aaron Creswell terribly miscalculated and stuck to Hogg with no other choice but to drag him to the ground and drag him. The fact that referee Jesús Gil Manzano withdrew the yellow card only for this reason sparked protests across the country, which were also joined by the video court. Manzano got the necessary signal, looked for it and correctly revised his judgment. Emergency brake Cresswell had to go (min. 19), Eintracht not only had the psychological and numerical advantage, but also quickly advanced to their side: right winger Ansgar Knauf ran away from everyone after a pass from substitute Almy Toure and found the ball with a pass by Raphael Buri, leaving completely alone In the middle of the box. The rest was a routine striker (27).
This match was based on 1:0 ratio of the first constructive offensive game of the host, because this match was not of high quality. Both teams fought fruitfully in areas far from the penalty area, and goal scenes were largely omitted. But who was interested in that in the stands of Frankfurt? It was exactly the manageable drama that an Eintracht fan wanted for the finale. The team vigorously defended its lead against a lethal and disheartened opponent who had been intimidated. Ivan Ndika had to make clear on the goal line just before the break – it was a lonely threatening moment.
The second half went like the first. The Frankfurt side were particularly careful not to put themselves in danger by keeping West Ham out of Trapp’s goal. Minutes passed quietly and when West Ham coach David Moyes was sent off in a fit of rage (78), England’s morale plummeted. And the audience party, quite a few supposedly until dawn.