Eintracht Frankfurt has taken on the European krone. In a gripping Europa League final, Hessians defeated Glasgow Rangers in Sevilla. Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp became tonight’s hero in the penalty shootout.
Eintracht Frankfurt won the Europa League final on Wednesday with 6-5 on penalties. After regular time, it was 1-1 after goals from Joe Aribo (57 ‘) and Rafael Borré (69’). No more goals were scored in extra time.
Trapp then made the difference in the penalty shootout. The national goalkeeper saved Aaron Ramsey’s shot. All other shooters scored. Borré was the last Frankfurt shooter to win the first international title since 1980. Eintracht will play in the Champions League next season.
Rode bleeds but continues to play
Eintracht had to make a substitution after 6 minutes. John Lundstram went into a high-legged duel with Sebastian Rode, where he hit the ball first, but then hit the Frankfurt captain with the bumps on his face. Covered in blood, the midfielder had to be treated for a few minutes, but could then continue playing. In addition, no one knew exactly why Lundstram did not see a map for this.
The Hessians then had to spend a few minutes finding their way into the match, but then had the first small chances. It first became really dangerous with a shot from Ansgar Knauff that Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor fished out of the corner (20th). Glasgow did not take place for a long time. Rangers almost scored the first goal in the 26th minute. A powerful long shot from striker Aribo just missed the target. Trapp would have been powerless.
Frankfurt error chain puts Rangers in front
The same picture emerged in the second half: Eintracht dominated the game and had the first good opportunity through Lindström, whose deflected shot missed the goal by centimeters (49 ‘). A chain of faults from the Hessians then put the Scots in front.
A high ball that was actually not dangerous slipped over the head of Djibril Sow, Tuta stumbled in the running duel with Ariba and the Nigerian had no trouble scoring the first goal of the match alone in front of Trapp (57th). To make matters worse, Tuta was injured during the action and had to leave the field injured. Makoto Hasebe came in to finish the match.
Borré sends SBU in overtime
The good news: Eintracht was not deterred by the double blow to the abdominal cavity. Rangers also made a serious defensive error and Daichi Kamada almost benefited. The lob of the Japanese landed only on the roof of the gate (67th).
But it was forgotten two minutes later: Borré threw himself into a post from Filip Kostic and knocked the ball into the net with his choice for 1-1. And because not much happened after that, it went into overtime.
Trapp saves Eintracht on penalty
Again, it was a defensive mistake that made the first chance possible. Calvin Bassey lost the ball to Borré, but caught up with the Colombian in a sprint duel and was able to block the shot (95 ‘). It was no longer a good game, but an intense game. You could see the wear on both teams. Each sprint now had to be carefully considered. And then Ryan Kent suddenly had the victory on his feet, but failed from four yards on the excellent Trapp (118th), who also defused a free kick from James Tavernier in the last minute.
In the penalty shootout, the Frankfurters then kept their nerves, converted all penalties and were crowned kings of Europe.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Glasgow Rangers 6: 5 (1: 1) (0: 0) nE
Frankfurt: Trapp – Toure, Tuta (59 Hasebe), N’Dicka (100 Lenz) – Knauff, Sow (106 Hrustic), Rode (90 Jakic), Kostic – Lindstrom (71 Hauge), Kamada – Borre
Glasgow: McGregor – Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barisic (117th tag) – Jack (74th Davis), Lundstram, Kamara (91st Arfield) – Wright (74th scale / 117th Ramsey) Kent – Aribo (101st Sands)
Porte: 0-1 Aribo (57 ‘), 1-1 Borre (69’), 1-2 Tavernier, 2-2 Lenz, 2-3 Davis, 3-3 Hrustic, 3-4 Arfield, 4-4 Kamada, 5- 4 Kostic, 5: 5 Tag, 6: 5 Borre
Yellow card: Wright, Aribo / –
Judging: Vincic (Slovenia)
Seere: 43,833 (sold out)
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