Eintracht Frankfurt beat Glasgow Rangers 5-4 in a thrilling penalty shootout at the sweltering Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium to win the Europa League final, their first major European trophy in 42 years. The Bundesliga side will now have a sure spot in next season’s Champions League, for the first time since 1960, despite finishing 11th in the league table. We have free football betting tips available for you!
“Unbelievable! It was the 13th game in Europe and we didn’t lose one. What the guys have done today and this season, I don’t have the words and I am not often lost for words,” Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner said. The 47-year-old Glasner led the German side to European victory in his first year at the helm after arriving from Wolfsburg. Read more for live football predictions!
Joe Aribo opened the lead for the Scottish side after scoring his first Europa League goal in the 57th minute. Rafael Santos Borre scored the equalizer 12 minutes later that prompted the extra time. Both sides had chances during the extra time, but Rangers’ golden opportunity through Ryan Kent was denied by Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp that forced the shootout.
In the penalty shootout, Trapp once again pulled off a superb save to deny Aaron Ramsey and help his side prevail 5-4. Borre scored the winning spot-kick to seal Frankfurt’s historic win. Glasner’s Frankfurt became the first German winners of the Europa League since Schalke won in 1997. Their first major European trophy came 42 years ago when they beat Borussia Monchengladbach in an all German final.
They are the only third side to win the competition unbeaten since Chelsea in 2018-19 and Villarreal in 2020-21. “We believed that we could do it, but you saw we had to dig deep for this win,” said Trapp, who also won the Man of the Match. “It was the most intense experience of our lives. This is not my night. It’s everyone’s night. It doesn’t come down to one player; it comes down to a whole team.”
Meanwhile, Rangers were left stunned as they were handed their first shootout defeat in Europe since the 1999-00 UEFA Cup. The players gave everything, but in the end it was a very tight game. It’s a big disappointment; we were really so close to winning a trophy. When you win, you have memories that last forever – when you lose, it hurts,” , Rangers coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst said.
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