Eintracht Frankfurt: Space storm after reaching the Europa League final

Eintracht Frankfurt fans storm the pitch after the final whistle in the Europa League.

Eintracht Frankfurt fans celebrate their entry into the Europa League final against West Ham United on Thursday (May 5, 2022) with a storm of space.

The European Cup spectacle at Eintracht Frankfurt just never ends. In the semi-final second leg of the Europa League against West Ham United, the Bundesliga club fulfilled their dream of a final in Seville.

The Eintracht eagle’s dream journey through Europe ends with a flight to Seville! On Thursday (May 5, 2022), Eintracht Frankfurt made it through to the final of the Europa League and cleared the last obstacle before the long-awaited final with a 1-0 win against West Ham United.

The supporters celebrated the big coup after the final whistle with a field storm, in the minutes before the end hundreds of supporters had jumped from the fan curve behind the rink. When there were provocations in the direction of the guest annex on the lawn, police forces chased the SGE annex back into their own area. Nevertheless, thousands of fans remained on the pitch for around 15 minutes, and some players mingled with the party people, drunk with victory.

Europa League: Eintracht Frankfurt travels to Seville for the final

The away gala in the quarter-finals at FC Barcelona went down in club history, and in the second leg of the semi-finals against the Londoners, the Bundesliga representative went one better. The fans were already euphoric long before kick-off, and their team followed suit in the following 90 minutes. “There’s nothing hotter. Eintracht Frankfurt: Greatest club, greatest fans,” said Timothy Chandler (32) in an RTL interview.

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For Frankfurt it is now the second time in the current European Cup season to Seville. In the neighboring stadium Benito Villamarín, the SGE had already eliminated Real Betis in the round of 16. In Sevilla FC’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on May 18 (9 p.m.) they will face Glasgow Rangers, who thwarted a German final by beating RB Leipzig. The dream final between the two traditional clubs that many football fans have been hoping for is perfect.

Europa League: Eintracht Frankfurt against West Ham early on course

Frankfurt, on the other hand, cleared their last doubts about reaching the final early in the game. The early injury to defender Martin Hinteregger (29) was still a shock, but things only went up afterwards.

Rafael Santos Borré (centre) turns away after scoring for Eintracht Frankfurt against West Ham in the semifinals of the Europa League.

Rafael Santos Borré (centre) turns away after scoring for Eintracht Frankfurt against West Ham in the Europa League semifinals on May 5, 2022.

In the 19th minute guest defender Aaron Creswell (32) saw the red card after an emergency brake against Jens Petter Hauge (22) after VAR intervention. Rafael Santos Borré (26) scored the acclaimed Frankfurt lead in just seven minutes. After that, SBU controlled the action, but avoided any risk against the outnumbered English. Without too much spectacle, but with the rip-off of a title aspirant, Frankfurt easily took the victory and the final ticket home.

The guests, on the other hand, lost their nerve, with coach David Moyes (59) seeing the red card after 78 minutes. When a ball boy provocatively didn’t release the ball near his coaching zone for a long time, the Scot cursed wildly and threw the ball with full force towards the rink. After the riots that followed, Moyes had to leave the stadium interior.

Eintracht Frankfurt: mega choreo before the semi-final duel

The atmosphere in Hesse was already worthy of the finale in the preliminary stages: when both teams arrived and during the Europa League anthem, a gigantic choreography adorned the west stand, where the active fan scene has its regular seat. “Northwest curve. Frankfurt am Main. My city, my club” was emblazoned on three large banners in the upper tier, lower tier and on the border of the standing room area to the inside of the stadium.

Eintracht Frankfurt's curve is temporarily shrouded in fog during the game against West Ham.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s curve was temporarily shrouded in fog during the game against West Ham on Thursday.

With countless black and white flags, buckets of confetti and lots of pyrotechnics, the supporters of Eintracht Frankfurt staged the message well. Almost every seat in the stadium was occupied about an hour before kick-off, nobody wanted to miss out on the anticipation of one of the biggest games in the club’s recent history.

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Stadium announcer Daniel Wolf dutifully asked again and again not to burn Bengalos, but new torches kept flaring up in the fan area during the game.

More critical than the pyrotechnics, which after all were only waved by individual fans and not thrown in other areas or in the direction of the field, were cup throws from corner kicks by the guests, who played on the goal in front of the Frankfurt curve in the first round. Here, too, stadium announcer Wolf had to grab the microphone to warn him.