CHAMPIONS: Eintracht Frankfurt lift the Europa League on penalties
German side Eintracht Frankfurt became the champions, besting Glasgow Rangers on penalties, with a star performance by Rafael Santos Borré
German side Eintracht Frankfurt became the champions of the 2021/22 Europa League, beating Scottish giants Rangers FC 5-4 on penalties. The hero for the champions was none other than Rafael Santos Borré. The Colombian provided an outstanding performance, scoring the equalizer in the 69th minute and then finishing off the shootout by scoring the last penalty.
Rangers FC had taken the lead thanks to Joe Aribo's goal in the 57th minute. Twelve minutes later Santos Borré took advantage of a great cross from Kostic and made it 1-1. From then on, the match was very even and teams where very cautious. After 90 minutes everything was tied, so the final stretched into extra time where the Scottish side probably had the best chances to win it, but the champion could not be decided there and then either.
It was to be defined on penalties, and it was only when Aaron Ramsey missed his, Rangers' fourth, that Eintracht were able to take advantage. They did not miss and Santos Borré put an end to the series. This is the second time that Eintracht has won European football's second tier competition, as they last won it in the 1979-80 season, back when it was the UEFA Cup, beating Borussia Mönchengladbach, the previous champion, in a German final.
With this victory, apart from lifting the trophy, Eintracht Frankfurt has qualified for the next Champions League group stage, 2022-23. They will aslo play the European Super Cup against the champion of this Champions League, which will come out to be Real Madrid or Liverpool. The more than 10,000 German fans who had already taken over the Camp Nou now celebrated at Sevilla FC's Sánchez Pizjuan.
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