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  • Writer's pictureBruno Asoka

Eintracht Frankfurt are Europa League Champions winning on penalties (5-4)

The Europa League was entertaining and we have another final to know where the trophy goes this time round and to a new destination too.

Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville was the arena where Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers could battle it out for the trophy. The Europa was heading to a different destination this time round, either Germany or Scotland.

Rangers getting past German clubs of Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig to reach the final, was a great challenge that they saw it through to the final. For Eintracht Frankfurt , they too had to get past Barcelona with ten men on both legs and also through West Ham who were on form then to reach the final.

The arena was set for an exciting match. Frankfurt started on the strong foot testing McGregor earlier in the match. Both teams were careful with their passing before striking an opportunity to attack as the half went by. Several attempts by Frankfurt could have been two or more goals up in the half but they squandered chances to open the scoring from the likes of Kostic and Borre. Rangers made one great chance to score from a set piece when Tavernier’s header was sent over the bar by Kevin Trapp. The half ended goalless.

Second half started strongly as both look to find the opening and Frankfurt looking more likely. It was then Rangers who took the lead courtesy of Joe Uribo’s strike after miscommunication between Frankfurt's keeper and his backline when he pounced and scored the goal. Barely ten minutes later, Rafael Borre scored the equaliser for Frankfurt to make it 1-1. Both sides were well balanced and nothing could separate them after 90 minutes.

Extra time was needed to get the winner in this final or else we’ll be headed for penalties. Ryan Kent for Rangers was close to win it all from five yards when his shot was saved by Frankfurt’s keeper, Kevin Trapp. What a save!

And after 120 minutes of play it was to be decided with penalties. A nail-biting contest that went down to the wire. It was time to a hero or a ‘villain’ with nerves on fire.

Frankfurt converted all their five penalties. It was Aaron Ramsey who missed his spot kick as it was saved by Trapp right down the middle with a good reflex save. The winning penalty for Frankfurt was scored by Rafael Borre to win it 5-4 on penalties.

It was a great run by both teams to reach the final.

Congratulations! Eintracht Frankfurt , The 2021/2022 Europa League winners.

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