Moyes and Creswell sent off as Frankfurt end Westham’s European dream

 

Frankfurt end West Ham’s European dream to set up Europa League final showdown with Rangers. It was a night to forget for the Hammers as defender Aaron Cresswell and manager David Moyes were both sent off on a heated night in Germany as West Ham failed to set up an all-British final.

Moyes’ side lost their home leg 2-1 but started brightly until Cresswell pulled down Jens Petter Hauge, who would have been through on goal. He was initially shown a yellow card but a video assistant review upgraded it to a Red card.

The German side enjoyed a marvellously colourful partisan atmosphere went ahead when the unmarked Rafael Borre hammered home from Ansgar Knauff’s low ball.

The night got even worse for West Ham when a frustrated Moyes booted the ball at a ball boy and was shown a straight red card.

At full-time thousands of Frankfurt fans streamed on to the pitch to celebrate their first European final since 1980.

The Hammers’ wait for a major trophy will tick over into a 43rd year. It also means no place in next season’s Champions League.

Scottish side Rangers beat Leipzig in the other semi-final to ensure they will face Frankfurt in Seville on Wednesday, 18 May.

 

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