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Eintracht Frankfurt v West Ham Live commentary and team news: Hammers must defy the odds to reach Europa League final but can look to Liverpool for hope


West Ham face a huge challenge to reach the Europa League final as they look to overturn their draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.

The Hammers suffered a 2-1 semi-final first-leg defeat in east London last week.

Moyes’ West Ham face key game against Eintracht Frankfurt
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Ansgar Knauff and Daichi Kamada scored for Frankfurt to put them in a dominant position in the draw, but Michail Antonio’s strike gave West Ham hope.

The last team to reach a Europa League final after suffering a defeat in the first leg of the semi-finals was Liverpool in 2015/16.

The East Londoners can hope for that and the fact that they have been brilliant in the Europa League this season.

David Moyes’ side came from behind to beat Sevilla in the round of 16 and then crushed Lyon in France in the quarter-finals.

Now they will be looking to pull off another miracle and stage a Europa League final clash against either RB Leipzig or Rangers.

Eintracht Frankfurt v West Ham: talkSPORT commentary

This clash in the Europa League will take place on Thursday, May 5.

talkSPORT will have full coverage from the Waldstadion with kick-off scheduled for 8pm.

Hugh Woozencroft will be your host while commentary will come from Sam Matterface and former West Ham striker Dean Ashton.

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Eintracht Frankfurt v West Ham Live commentary and team news: Hammers must defy the odds to reach Europa League final but can look to Liverpool for hope
Eintracht Frankfurt beat West Ham 2-1 in the Europa League semi-final first leg

Eintracht Frankfurt – West Ham: team news

West Ham will be without Angelo Ogbonna, who is continuing his rehabilitation after knee surgery.

But the Hammers are otherwise in good health and have no suspended players.

Frankfurt could do without Jesper Lindstrom, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first leg.

Martin Hinteregger has been battling illness recently while Sebastian Rode also has a slight problem.

Eintracht Frankfurt against West Ham: what was said?

West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal: “We put a lot of energy on the pitch on Sunday [against Arsenal]but we must now recover quickly, because everyone knows what awaits us.

“We know Eintracht are a great team. It will be a special game in Frankfurt because with their fans it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere there.

“We have to be ready for anything.

“We have to watch out for their counter-attacks and their set pieces. They have great quality in their crosses so it will be a similar game to the London stadium, but we know we have to win by more than one goal.

“The fans supported us for 90 minutes on Sunday and hopefully hopefully we’ll be ready to give them a positive result on Thursday.”

Eintracht Frankfurt v West Ham Live commentary and team news: Hammers must defy the odds to reach Europa League final but can look to Liverpool for hope
West Ham have already had some memorable Europa League nights this season

Eintracht Frankfurt – West Ham : Match statistics

  • West Ham will face a German side away from home in Europe for the first time since the first leg of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1975-76 – a 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt. West Ham have yet to win against a German opponent in three attempts, also drawing against 1. FC Magdeburg and losing to Borussia Dortmund in 1965-66.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt are aiming for a European final for the first time since the 1980 UEFA Cup (against Borussia Mönchengladbach), when they lifted their last European trophy. Frankfurt could become the first German team to take part in both a UEFA Cup final and a UEFA Europa League final.
  • The last team to reach a UEFA Europa League final after suffering a defeat in the first leg of the semi-finals was Liverpool in 2015-16 (3-1 on aggregate against Villarreal). Before this season, only four of the 17 teams to lose in the first leg of the last four have yet managed to qualify for the showpiece.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt take a 2-1 lead against Germany for the second leg. Eintracht advanced 22 of their previous 25 home and away games in major European UEFA competition when they won the first leg, while they were never knocked out after winning the first leg in the first leg. exterior (6/6).
  • Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic has created more chances after a carry (moving more than 5 meters with the ball) than any other player in the UEFA Europa League this season (9) – indeed he generated the most shots after a carry, between shots (10) and chances created (9).
  • West Ham’s Declan Rice has made 182 runs in the UEFA Europa League this season, just behind Barcelona’s Eric García (191). Rice’s total running distance stands at 2,083 yards, more than 400 yards more than any other central midfielder in 2021-22.
  • Daichi Kamada was directly involved in 14 goals in 18 starts for Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League (11 goals and three assists), including scoring or assisting in the three round of 16 for the German side this season (round of 16 against Real Betis, quarter-finals against Barcelona and semi-finals against West Ham).
  • In its history as a professional club, Eintracht Frankfurt have lost just one semi-final game at home (P12 W9 D2), losing 0-3 to Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal in 1992-93. Their last home semi-final game saw them draw 1-1 with Chelsea in this competition in 2018-19.

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