Eintracht Frankfurt have won the Europa League after beating Rangers in Wednesday’s final on penalties.Rafael Borre scored Eintracht’s winning penalty after...
Rafael Borre scored Eintracht’s winning penalty after also netting the equaliser in regular time as the match finished 1-1 after 90 and 120 minutes.
Extra-time substitute Aaron Ramsey was the only Rangers player to miss a spot-kick, as Eintracht triumphed 5-4 in the shootout at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
After a cagey first half, Rangers took the lead early in the second half when Joe Aribo capitalised on a slip from Tuta and calmly slid the ball past Kevin Trapp.
Eintracht equalised in the 69th-minute, however, when Borre poked home from Filip Kostic’s low cross from the left.
Chances were hard to come by in regular time after the two goals, with the heat in Seville seeming to play a part.
That pattern of play continued in extra-time, with Ryan Kent’s close-range effort that was well-saved by Trapp the closest the game came to a third goal.
Rangers’ last international trophy came in 1972, when they lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
The Glasgow side also played in the UEFA Cup final in 2008, but lost 2-0 to Zenit Saint Petersburg. Steven Davis, who came on as a second-half substitute against Eintracht, also played for Rangers in that match.
Eintracht’s only previous European honours came in 1980, when they won the UEFA Cup.
Rangers’ next game comes on Saturday when they face Hearts in the Scottish Cup final.
Eintracht will now compete in next season’s Champions League, going into the group stage as a top seed. That is a boost for Oliver Glasner’s side, who finished 11th in the Bundesliga. Rangers, meanwhile, will enter at the competition at the qualifying stage.Europa League final: Eintracht Frankfurt lift trophy after beating Rangers in penalty shootout - The Athletic View Story