- The winner of the European League 2021/22 is Eintracht Frankfurt.
- The Germans defeated Glasgow Rangers after a real thrill 5: 4 on penalties, after 90 and 120 minutes it was 1: 1.
- With Gabriel Sue, the Swiss player is also among the champions.
Rafael Buri looked at the blue wall of the Rangers fans, then took 7 steps and took the penalty in the upper left corner of the goal. As if he wasn’t sure if he had converted the decisive penalty a few minutes before midnight, he stopped his jubilant run and looked back. But in fact: because he scored a fifth goal for Frankfurt, on the other hand Aaron Ramsey failed in the Glasgow team, the new European champion is named Eintracht Frankfurt.
Trapp saves Eintracht in the penalty shootout
Long-range shot here, long-range effort there, but don’t risk too much: Glasgow Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt made their way to the Europa League final with a lot of determination and commitment. No wonder physical resistance was the trump card in the all-important extra time in Seville. Because remembering such virtues is known to improve better with saves and Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp stuck 1:1 with the monster save in the 118th and 121st minutes, the penalty shootout had to finally decide.
Djibril Sue is no longer on the field at this point: the Swiss was substituted after 106 active minutes and some good scenes. He is the first Swiss since Stefan Henchoz 21 years ago with Liverpool to win the second highest European competition.
Hot and non-alcoholic beer
It only made sense to go into the match in extra time after 90 minutes of a 1-1 draw in this dramatic duel. It was hot at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Not only because of more than 40,000 enthusiastic fans, but also from a climatic point of view: as of 11 pm, it was still an oppressive 31 degrees. Since no alcoholic beverages were allowed and soft drinks ran out, at least in the opposite wing, at extra time, spectators had to quench their thirst with non-alcoholic beer.
Tota stumbled, Puri’s answer
After the sometimes nervous first half, the events really took off shortly after the tea break:
- 52 minutes: Bure of Frankfurt, passes Conor Goldson inside the penalty area and falls. The Germans demand a penalty, but Slavko Vincic’s whistle is silent, the VAR sees it like the referee.
- 57 minutes: Sow unfortunately nodded the ball into his own defense zone. Tota stands pretty well indeed, but falters at the dumbest moment imaginable. Joe Aribo goes out on his own and calmly pushes the ball to make it 1-0.
- 67 minutes: Taichi Kamada lobs Rangers goalkeeper Alan McGregor, but also Glasgow goalkeeper. The two pointers swing later, and Bure does his job better: Philippe Kostik’s cross cross pushes it over the line from a short distance – 1: 1.
Implants are causing the first uproar
In the first half, Eintracht came close to taking the lead. Sow got the first shot after 11 minutes, but his flick caused no problems for McGregor – McGregor also won with the shot from Ansgar Knauff (20). Another minute later, the Swiss player shot wide of the goal. The nimble Philip Kostek missed the lead only after a nice half ball, then after a sprint across the field.
For the Scots, who were focused on solo pokes, Aribo came close from behind and John Lundstram’s header made it 1-0. In any case, the lack of goals at halftime did not detract from the excellent atmosphere on the field. Because they felt like they were witnessing a magical football night. And at least Eintracht supporters will sign this statement forever without hesitation.
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