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Eintracht Frankfurt beat Rangers to win first Europa League Cup in 42 years

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Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt beat Scottish side Rangers 5-4 on penalties to win their first UEFA Europa League Cup in 42 years after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time.

Colombian striker Rafael Borre scored the winning penalty for Frankfurt in the shoot-out after Rangers’ Aaron Ramsey had earlier seen his kick saved by Kevin Trapp.

Borre had cancelled out Joe Aribo’s opener in normal time and no more goals were added in the extra period before Eintracht won their first European trophy since the 1980 UEFA Cup.

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Aribo whipped past the upright from 25 yards shortly after the midway point of the first half, while Filip Kostic dragged wide after running almost the entire length of the pitch.

Rangers looked the more threatening side as the first half wore on, with Trapp tipping over John Lundstram’s looping header and Ryan Jack lashing over from a promising position before the interval.

Frankfurt become champions with an undefeated Europa League campaign to emulate Chelsea in 2018/19 and Villarreal last season

Opta Facts

Eintracht Frankfurt scored in all 13 of their UEFA Europa League games this season. Since the rebrand of the competition in 2009, they’re just the second side to score in every single game from the group stages to the final after Chelsea in 2018-19.

Eintracht Frankfurt have become the first German team to win the UEFA Europa League since Schalke in the 1996-97 season.

Eintracht have won their second major European trophy, 42 years after winning the UEFA Europa League Cup against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

For the first time in the competition’s history, the UEFA Europa League final has been decided by a penalty shoot-out in consecutive campaigns. For Rangers, it was their first shoot-out defeat in European competition since the 1999-00 UEFA Cup (versus Borussia Dortmund in the round of 32).

Rangers had four shots on target in the second half of extra time, double the amount that they had over the first 105 minutes.

 

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