Eintracht Frankfurt confirmed their success in the first leg against West Ham while Glasgow Rangers completely turned around RB Leipzig despite Christopher Nkunku.
Winner of the first leg in London (1-2), Eintracht Frankfurt was in a strong position to host West Ham in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final. And the Germans were quickly going to benefit from a numerical superiority which was very convenient for them. Aaron Cresswell was caught by a long ball to Jens-Petter Hauge, who was running towards the goal, and tackled him on the edge of the penalty area. The referee issued a red card and the Hammers were down to ten men (18th). Filip Kostic took the free kick but the ball flirted with the left post of Alphonse Areola (20th).
Rafael Santos Borré, alone at the penalty spot after a beautiful service from Ansgar Knauf, gave no chance to the French goalkeeper and put his team on the royal road to the final (1-0, 25th). With the ball in their own hands, the DeutschBank Park residents left nothing but crumbs for the Londoners. Kurt Zouma’s teammates threw their last efforts into the battle in the second half, but created little danger on Kevin Trapp’s goal. Almamy Touré forced Areola to make a reflex save on a heavy shot (85th). Tomas Soucek’s header (90th) was then blocked and England’s last hopes were extinguished.
Frankfurt realistic, Rangers staggering
Rangers, beaten in the first leg (1-0), started with a bang against RB Leipzig. Driven by the enthusiastic Ibrox crowd, James Tavernier, the very offensive right-back, opened the score with a magnificent low cross to the far post from Ryan Kent (1-0, 19th). Moments later, the Scots would even go ahead on aggregate. Glen Kamara added to the lead on the edge of the penalty area with a subtle low left-footed curler that Peter Gulasci could do nothing about (2-0, 23′). Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s protégés even missed the breakthrough goal.
Joe Aribo, who was ideally served, missed a new opportunity alone in front of the German goal, surprised by the rebound (28th). Christopher Nkunku and his teammates struggled to react to their opponents’ enthusiasm, even if they were finally in control of the ball after the break. The former Parisian finally scored after a superb cross from the left by Angeliño (2-1, 70th). The goal put the two teams back on level terms. But John Lundstram, who took advantage of a bad deflection of the German defense on a corner, gave back two goals ahead and the qualification to his team (3-1, 81st). Seville will now host a final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers on May 18.