Frankfurt wins first European Cup in 42 years

21 May 2022 | 08:42 | Football

Eintracht Frankfurt secured their place in the Europa League final after determined to beat Rangers 5-4 in a penalty shootout as they won their first European Cup in 42 years.

Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp saved Aaron Ramsey’s penalty – Rangers’ fourth – while Eintracht did it perfectly, scoring all five after the game ended 1-1. after 120 minutes.

Joe Aribo put on a speedy counter-attack in the 57th minute to put Rangers ahead, after a series of defensive mistakes and a slip past Trapp.

The Germans, undefeated to advance to the final and aim for their first European title since 1980, bounced back when Rafael Borre slipped between the two defenders to land a cross. by Filip Kostic at 70 minutes.

“There’s not just one hero. We’re all heroes,” Trapp said. “It was one of the best moments of my career. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the audience,” he added.

Thousands of Frankfurt fans created a sea of ​​white shirts on the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, with Rangers wearing blue on half the pitch creating a passionate atmosphere.

Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner said: “We’ve played 13 games in Europe and haven’t lost a single one. “We took it step by step and we were rewarded in the end. I have no words to express how I feel for the players,” added the Austrian, whose team will now compete in Champions League next season despite finishing 11th in the Bundesliga.

Frankfurt are the first Bundesliga team to win the Europa League, or its predecessor the UEFA Cup, since 1997, when Schalke beat Inter Milan on penalties.

They could rake in around 60 million euros ($63 million) in prize money and prize money from both leagues, but club president Peter Fischer insists he won’t splurge on signing the deal.

“Just because we’ve qualified for the Champions League, we’re not going to tear off all of our loans and simply buy,” he said.

This money will help narrow the loss of 70 million euros that the club has suffered because of often playing in empty stadiums during the pandemic.

“Financial income is of course very good for us after two years of coronavirus. That will really help us going forward,” said sporting director Markus Kroesche.