Forty-two years after their last European title, Eintracht Frankfurt won the Europa League on Wednesday 18 May 2022 on penalties (1-1, 5-4 tab) against Glasgow Rangers.
The “Eagles” soar above Europe! After a fiery night, Eintracht Frankfurt, Wednesday 18 May 2022, in Seville, won the second C3 in its history by beating Glasgow Rangers (1-1, 5-4 on penalties) in the final, thanks to its hero Kevin Trapp, Imperial.
After making two decisive saves at the end of extra time, first to Ryan Kent (118th) and then on a free kick by James Tavernier (120th + 2), Trapp stopped Welsh veteran Aaron Ramsey’s attempt during the session shots on target to crown his team.
Rafael Borré, who had already scored the equalizing goal for the “Eagles” in the 69th minute after the opener of Joe Aribo (57th), sealed the victory for the Germans with a last converted shot on target, to finish the session perfectly of the “Eagles” to close.
But it is indeed the former German goalkeeper of Paris SG who became the hero of the evening during the penalty shootout, to present the trophy to Frankfurt, who succeeds last year’s crowned Villarreal on C3’s list.
A historic feat for Eintracht, who notably defeated FC Barcelona and West Ham to reach the final and end their odyssey crowned with laurels in the hot Andalusian night, in front of the stadium’s nearly 44,000 supporters.
Because since the UEFA Cup was collected in 1980, the “Eagles” had never seen a continental coronation.
Oliver Glasner thus became the first Austrian coach to win a European trophy since the legendary Ernst Happel in 1983.
For the Scots, on the other hand, the disillusionment is immense: the “Gers” have also been waiting for fifty years for the recapture of European glory, since their European Cup II in 1972.
Small consolation: defender and captain James Tavernier will still be the first defender in history to become the Europa League top scorer with 7 goals.
White wall, orange wall
But the “white wall” deployed by the German supporters wore a different color in Eintracht’s cages: all dressed in orange, Trapp held his ground when needed, during his team’s few moments of weakness. †
And if the match had hung out to the end, it could have degenerated from the start: from the 5th minute, John Lundstram played a ball that was a little too high, and his crampons hit the front of the Eintracht captain’s skull, Sebastian Rode, who lay down on the lawn and immediately placed his hands on his bloody wound.
Long cared for by trainers, he returns to the lawn with a blue-and-white bandage on his head, having changed his blood-soaked jersey.
Apart from this incident, no noteworthy performance in the first period. The two teams battled for possession, with a lot of technical waste.
We’ll have to wait half an hour to see the first Scottish attempt: a ball rolled from the left by Joe Aribo who won’t catch the frame, but forced Trapp to extend his whole body, just before a cool break essential.
Because the thermometer exceeded 40 degrees in Seville during the day on Wednesday. And it was the supporters of the two teams who set fire to the stands, with songs, drums and tifo for the Germans. The Pizjuan inferno only really took shape after the dressing room, when the “white wall” of German supporters rose up red smoke.
Tonight the atmosphere will sink for the Scots, but Sevilla will still burn with the joy of the German supporters, back at the front of the continental stage after a long drought of 42 years.
In Seville (Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán): Eintracht Frankfurt beat Glasgow Rangers by 5 shots on goal to 4 (0-0, 1-1 at the end of regular time)
Referee: S.Vincic (SLO)
Eintracht Frankfurt: Borre (69)
Glasgow Rangers: aribo (57)
Shots on target:
Eintracht Frankfurt: Lenz, Hrustic, Kamada, Kostic, Borre
Glasgow Rangers: Tavernier, Davis, Arfield, Roofe
Glasgow Rangers: Ramsey
Glasgow Rangers: Aribo (62), Wright (73)
Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp — Touré, Tuta (Hasebe 59), Ndicka (Lenz 101) — Knauff, Sow (Hrustic 106), Rode (cap) (Jakic 90), Kostic — Lindström (Hauge 71), Borré, Kamada
coach : Oliver Glasner
Glasgow Rangers: McGregor — Tavernier (cap), Goldson, Bassey, Barisic (Roofe 117) — Jack (Davis 74), Lundstram, Kamara (Arfield 91) — Wright (Sakala 74, Ramsey 118), Aribo (Sands 101), Kent
coach : Giovanni van Bronckhorst