- Thanks to a 2-1 win at West Ham, Eintracht Frankfurt are in a good position in the Europa League semi-final first leg.
- In the second duel of the evening, Leipzig celebrated a late 1-0 win against Glasgow Rangers.
- The two return games will take place next Thursday (5 May) at 9 p.m. Swiss time.
It should have been warning enough for West Ham: Eintracht took the lead after just 52 seconds. But the Londoners promptly missed the start of the second half in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League. Once again, Frankfurt knew how to exploit the carelessness of the English. Alphonse Areola was able to save Djibril Sow’s shot from West Ham’s goal in the 54th minute, but the defense provided an ideal template for Daichi Kamada.
Frankfurt can dream of the final
The goal of the Japanese to 2: 1 embodied the later final score and thus the next coup of the Hessians on the European stage. With Jarrod Bowen, however, one of the most agile of the “Irons” collective almost played the big spoilsport: In added time, the Englishman climbed up in the penalty area and put a cross with an overhead kick on the crossbar.
Despite the good portion of luck that the guests claimed in this action, the first leg victory for the Germans was okay overall. In particular, because Ansgar Knauff had already rewarded the courageous “Adler” with the first attack with a head. And because the winning goalscorer Kamada – like Boyle (14) earlier on the other side – hit the post in the 79th minute after another successful attack by the guests.
Leipzig rewarded late
The fans in Leipzig’s central stadium had to wait until the 85th minute before Angelino made it 1-0 for the hosts. The small Spaniard took aim from a distance after a corner kick and scored well worth seeing. Rangers goalie Allan McGregor was left looking.
The late winning goal was a deserved but modest reward for a dominant performance by the Saxons against defensively oriented and offensively harmless Scots.
Radio SRF1, sports bulletin, April 28, 2022, 10:06 p.m.; abr
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