Rangers were defeated 5-4 on penalties by Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville, confirming the city’s reputation as a cruel city for Scotland. At least 60,000 Scottish fans, and more than 30,000 Germans, had descended on the Andalusian capital, most of whom were left outside the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium, which could barely hold 42,700 spectators.
Glasgow residents could also watch the game on giant screens placed up in another venue, La Cartuja, but the blues’ return home was bittersweet following Aaron Ramsey’s deadly error from the spot. Despite the large crowds, there were no serious incidents, with the exception of bottles and smoke bombs being thrown at Scottish fans, for which five German ultras wearing balaclavas were arrested.
In 2003, Seville hosted the Uefa Cup final, which Scotland lost 3-2 in extra time to the other Glasgow team, Celtic, and in 1982, Brazil defeated Scotland 4-1 after an illusory goal by Davie Narey.
After losing in the Uefa Cup final against Zenit St. Petersburg in 2008, this is Rangers’ second defeat in as many finals of the second European competition. The Cup Winners’ Cup, won in Barcelona in 1972 versus Dinamo Moscow, remains the club’s only European trophy.
Eintracht Frankfurt has won the Europa League for the second time in 42 years, replicating their achievement from 1980 when the competition was still known as the Uefa Cup.
After an almost faultless European journey, it is Oliver Glasner’s win and a dream come true for Juventus clubs and fans.
Despite a performance of flair and character, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s Scots return empty-handed and bitter.
Report on the game
Despite the Scottish team’s possession superiority, the Germans tried to make the game more offensive by going to the end multiple times. Eintracht fails to break through due to inconsistency, defensive pushbacks, and a solitary true parry by McGregor on Knauff’s left-handed. The Rangers, on the other hand, aim to take advantage of the limited openings by scaring Trapp with Aribo (left-handed to turn out a little) and Lundstram (weak header raised for a corner by the goalkeeper).
The second half begins with terrific rhythms and tremendous opportunities on both sides, before the Scots gain an ahead at 57′, rather unexpectedly: Sow tries a head back pass, but Tuta clumsily stumbles, paving the way for Aribo, who spreads the left-handed pot in front of Trapp and signs the 1-0 for Rangers.
Eintracht isn’t there, so he adjusts and, after touching the equalizer with Lindstrom, he finds him in the 69th minute, thanks to Borré’s paw, which was brilliant at predicting Bassey on Kostic’s cross and also took advantage of Goldson’s bloody failure. The match heats up in the final, as both sides try to take the crucial turn, but no additional significant opportunities arise.
So we extend our time, while our exhaustion and clarity continue to rise and fall, accordingly. Kent’s left-handed scored the game-winning goal in the 118th minute, pounced on a cross from the freshly introduced Roofe and found Trapp’s incredible rebound from two steps out, with Davis kicking high from the fringe on the rebound. All but former Juventus player Aaron Ramsey, who lets himself be captivated by Trapp on the Scots’ fourth field, score on penalties, with Borré scoring the deciding penalty to send the German squad into joy.