Eintracht Frankfurt v Rangers – Football Match Report – 18th May 2022

Eintracht Frankfurt v Rangers – Football Match Report – 18th May 2022

Eintracht Frankfurt beat Rangers 5-4 on penalties on Wednesday in Sevilla to clinch the Europa League title and claim their first European trophy in 42 years.

Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp saved Aaron Ramsey’s spot kick – Rangers’ fourth – while Eintracht were impeccable in their execution, netting the five. The match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of regulation time and extra time.

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“We have played 13 matches in Europe and we haven’t lost a single one,” said Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner. “We took it step by step and in the end we were rewarded. I have no words to express how I feel for the players.

“It was the last game of the season, an intense game and everyone shot everything they had. A big compliment for the players.”

The result means Eintracht Frankfurt will return to the Champions League for the first time since 1960, when they reached the final and lost to Real Madrid in their only appearance in Europe’s top club competition. The 62-year wait to return to the UCL is the longest of any team in the competition’s history.

Joe Aribo struck against the run of play in the 57th minute to put Rangers ahead, charging clearly after a series of defensive errors and sliding the ball past Trapp.

The Germans bounced back as Rafael Borre squeezed between two defenders to turn in a Filip Kostic cross in the 70th minute.

Glasner, in his first season at the club, said it was the team’s mentality that carried them through the difficult season. While Eintracht went unbeaten in the Europa League, even knocking out fancier opponents such as Barcelona, ​​they struggled in the Bundesliga where they finished 11th.

“We stayed positive and it was only with that spirit that it was possible,” added Glasner.

For Eintracht captain Sebastian Rode, it was a deserved finish at the end of a tough run.

“It was a very tough road and there were so many stakes for us tonight,” Rode said. “It’s amazing what we’ve done with this team and we deserved it. It’s been a great journey and we’ve been rewarded.”

Rangers finished extra time on the stronger side but a brilliant save from Trapp saw the game go to a shootout where Frankfurt’s superb technique and mental toughness prevailed.

In intense heat and a stadium full of Scots and Germans, Rangers had an early scare.

Eintracht’s Japanese winger Daichi Kamada forced his way deep into the penalty area but Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor swung past him and was able to recover to cope with the effort by Djibril Sow on the loose ball.

McGregor was soon back in action, doing well to tip an effort from Ansgar Knauff as the Germans enjoyed the best of the early exchanges.

Rangers struggled to gain a foothold but issued a warning when Aribo had space to turn on the edge of the box and his shot curled just wide of the far post.

Frankfurt keeper Trapp was then brought into action to pass a John Lundstram header as the Scottish side finished the half with more confidence.

Rangers started brilliantly after the break and could have taken the lead when James Tavernier led a quick break down the right and the ball fell over Ryan Kent deep in the box, but his rushing shot was neatly sliced.

Minutes later, the Glasgow side took the lead – Brazilian defender Tuta slipped as he tried to reach a poor header from Sow, letting Aribo slip past and confidently slide the ball past Trapp.

Frankfurt responded with urgency and Kamada should have done better when he ran on a pass over Sebastian Rode but lifted the ball over the bar.

The leveler came when Kostic was allowed to fire in a low cross from the left and Colombia international Borre reacted quickest, weaving past Calvin Bassey to drive the ball home.

Rangers recovered from the blow and both teams looked to win the game within 90 minutes, but neither could prevent the encounter going into extra time.

There was little between the sides in the opening period but after the change Borna Barisic fired a long-range effort straight at Trapp and then Ajdin Hrustic drilled in a shot just wide for Eintracht.

It was Rangers who came closest to victory, in the dying minutes, when substitute Kemar Roofe sent a ball across the box to Kent whose low shot was superbly blocked by Trapp.

Trapp was again vigilant to prevent a Tavernier free-kick to ensure the final went on penalties.

The quality of the shots on goal was exceptional with only one player swelling his lines as Ramsey’s slight effort was saved by Trapp after the first six shots all found the net.

It was up to Borre to settle the match, and the Colombian, like all his teammates, kept his cool to start the festivities for the thousands of Germans present in the stadium.

There was violence between supporters outside the stadium before the game, with supporters of both clubs throwing chairs and tables at each other. Five German fans were arrested the day before after a confrontation with the police. More than 150,000 fans came to the southern Spanish city, most without tickets for the final at the 43,000 capacity Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.

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