2022 Europa League final: Eintracht Frankfurt beat Glasgow Rangers on penalties

Eintracht Frankfurt beat Rangers in the 2022 Europa League final on Wednesday, ending a 42-year wait for a European trophy.

The German club beat Rangers on penalties, drawing 1-1 after extra time.

Kevin Trapp made a key save at the end of extra time and once more in the penalty shootout to help Frankfurt win 5–4 on penalties.

Colombian striker Rafael Borre equalized in the second half. frankfurtand then converted a decisive penalty to win the club’s first European trophy since the 1980 UEFA Cup, which preceded the Europa League.

Speaking to reporters in a crowded stadium in Seville, Trapp said “it was karma” that brought the title home and secured his team’s first Champions League appearance next season.

“We just had the feeling that it was supposed to happen today, that we had to win,” he said. “We had such an unfathomable result in the Europa League this year, we just deserved it.”

Trapp, who once played for Paris Saint-Germain, made a key save in the last minutes of extra time, extending his leg to deflect a Ryan Kent shot from close range.

He later stopped an Aaron Ramsey penalty with his left foot, burying the Scottish team’s hopes of European glory and sparking a wild celebration in the Frankfurt stands.

“It seems incredible,” Trapp said. “I’m still trying to catch my breath. For us, for Frankfurt, for the region. For the whole of Germany, I think it’s a wonderful thing. Being able to thank our fans in this way is something special.”

The Rangers took the lead after Joe Aribo’s goal in the 57th minute. However, this advantage did not last long as Borre led both sides to a 1–1 draw in 69th place.

Frankfurt became the third club not to lose in the Europa League, along with Chelsea in 2019 and Villarreal in 2021.

Rangers captain James Tavernier said he was “devastated” by his team’s defeat, adding that losing on penalties was “hard to accept”.

But he was proud of “every one of those players in the locker room, the journey we’ve been through.” [and] fans who followed us from everywhere.”

Rangers were trying to win their first European title since the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972.

A win in Spain would have been a comeback for the team 10 years after being relegated to the lower divisions due to the financial crisis.

Before the match, violence erupted in the stadium, with fans from both clubs throwing chairs and tables at each other.

Five German supporters were detained the night before after clashing with police.

More than 150,000 people came to the southern Spanish city, most of them without tickets for the final in the stadium with a capacity of 43,000.