West Ham United were eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday evening.
The memorable European run by the London club was finally brought to an end by Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals, who won 3-1 on aggregate.
West Ham were beaten 1-0 in the second leg at Deutsche Bank Park thanks to a first half goal from Rafael Santos Borré, which came soon after Aaron Cresswell was sent off for a last-man foul on Jens Petter Hauge.
David Moyes’ side were far from bad on the night, but the fact they were a man light made a comeback virtually impossible to complete.
The atmosphere inside the stadium was absolutely electric throughout the match and after the final whistle was blown, Frankfurt fans got carried away and invaded the pitch.
Thankfully, no West Ham players were hurt, although one supporter did try and wind up Michail Antonio.
They failed in their attempt to get under his skin, though.
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – MAY 05: Eintracht Frankfurt fans invade the pitch and interact with Filip Kostic of Eintracht Frankfurt following victory in the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Leg Two match between Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham United at Deutsche Bank Park on May 05, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
The fan in question filmed the interaction with Antonio on the pitch and you can check out the footage below.
Video: Antonio’s response to Frankfurt pitch invader
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The supporter said to Antonio: “Ey, what’s up bro? What’s wrong bro? What’s wrong bro?”
To which the 32-year-old striker replied: “My money’s good though’ – ‘Your money’s what? My money’s good though, yeah.”
The fan finished by adding: “Get out of here! Get out of here!”
Fair play, Michail.
Soccer Football – Europa League – Semi Final – Second Leg – Eintracht Frankfurt v West Ham United – Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, Germany – May 5, 2022 Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp clashes with West Ham United’s Michail Antonio REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
The West Ham star kept incredibly calm in what must have felt like a very hostile atmosphere and didn’t even resort to swearing when his personal space was invaded.
Antonio’s teammate Vladimir Coufal was another player who remained ice-cool when Frankfurt fans charged onto the pitch.
The Czech Republic international even went over to applaud the away fans while the rest of his colleagues headed for the safety of the away dressing room.
In his post-match interview, Coufal said about the pitch invasion: “I wasn’t scared. If a fan attacks me it would be their problem not mine.”
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