Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers (5-4 pens): Europa League final – live reaction! † Europa League

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers (5-4 on penalties)

Borré steps up – and drills his penalty into the top corner! A roar erupts from the other end of the ground. Eintracht Frankfurt are Europa League champions! Borré has tears in his eyes as his teammates pile on to him by the corner flag. They didn’t put a foot wrong in the shootout – but what a cruel way for Rangers’ dream to come to an end.

Eintracht Frankfurt's Rafael Santos Borre scores the penalty to win the shoot-out.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Rafael Santos Borre scores the penalty to win the shoot-out. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters
Eintracht Frankfurt's Rafael Santos Borre celebrates with Christopher Lenz and teammates after scoring the winning penalty during the shoot-out to win the Europa League.
Borre celebrates with Christopher Lenz and team-mates as they win the Europa League. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Steven Davis: “It’s a huge disappointment, but at the same time I couldn’t be more proud of the team and the fans for getting here. We know how difficult it is to get here, and we left everything out on the pitch. It’s a sore one to take – but I just want to say thank you to the fans, it’s been an incredible journey. We have another final on Saturday [the Scottish Cup v Hearts] but it’ll take some time to get over.”

“We’re so disappointed to lose like that,” says John Lundstram. “Penalties are a lottery, anyone can miss – but we feel like we’ve let all the fans down, who have come out here to support us. We’re so, so, so heartbroken. I thought we were the ones pushing for the goal in extra time.” He is clearly completely devastated, it’s hard to watch.

“Does this strategy of bringing someone on just to score a penalty in a shootout ever work?” asks Patrick Crumlish. I’m sure it has worked, but it just feels like a bad idea to me, expecting a player to step off the bench in the middle of an epic battle like that.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers (5-4 on penalties)

Borré steps up – and drills his penalty into the top corner! A roar erupts from the other end of the ground. Eintracht Frankfurt are Europa League champions! Borré has tears in his eyes as his teammates pile on to him by the corner flag. They didn’t put a foot wrong in the shootout – but what a cruel way for Rangers’ dream to come to an end.

Eintracht Frankfurt's Rafael Santos Borre scores the penalty to win the shoot-out.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Rafael Santos Borre scores the penalty to win the shoot-out. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters
Eintracht Frankfurt's Rafael Santos Borre celebrates with Christopher Lenz and teammates after scoring the winning penalty during the shoot-out to win the Europa League.
Borre celebrates with Christopher Lenz and team-mates as they win the Europa League. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Eintracht Frankfurt 4-4 Rangers: Roofe scores! In off the post, and Rangers stay alive. But Rafael Santos Borré will have the chance to win it for Eintracht …

Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 Rangers: Kostic scores! McGregor goes the right way but it’s right in the bottom corner, almost unstoppable – and now Kemar Roofe has to score!

Ramsey misses his penalty!

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 Rangers: It’s a poor effort, down the middle and saved by Trapp – and it’s advantage Eintracht …

Rangers' Aaron Ramsey has his shot saved by Eintracht Frankfurt's Kevin Trapp.
Rangers’ Aaron Ramsey has his shot saved by Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 Rangers: Kamada scores! Kamada belts the ball in off the post … now it’s Aaron Ramsey’s turn …

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-3 Rangers: Arfield Scores! Scott Arfield is up next … Trapp goes the right way but can’t get a glove on his effort, whipped into the left corner!

Rangers' Scott Arfield scores a penalty during the shoot-out.
Rangers’ Scott Arfield scores a penalty during the shoot-out. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Rangers: Hrustic scores! The substitute looks nervous, but sends McGregor the wrong way, tucking his effort inside the post!

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Rangers: Davis scores! Steven Davis steps up and fires into the roof of the net …

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers: Lenz scores! The centre-back is booed and whistled as he waits, but tucks the ball into the corner.

penalty shootout

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Rangers: Tavernier scores! No brass from the Gers captain, who grabs the ball, marches down to the spot, takes a one-foot run-up and slots down the middle!

Both managers are on the pitch for a chat with the referee before the penalty shootout. The captains stay for the coin toss – and Tavernier wins it. The penalties will be taken in front of the rangers fans, and their team will go first…

“I hope that late change won’t end up being a Fashion faux pas for rangers,” honks Peter Oh.

Full time (aet): Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers

We’re going to penalties!

120 mins (ET): Not quite – his effort gets up and over the ball, but lacks the pace to beat Trapp, who saves at his near post! And time is up…

James Tavernier of Rangers takes a free kick.
James Tavernier of Rangers takes a free kick. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP

119 mins (ET): now rangers have a free kick, 20 yards out, to the right of goal. James Tavernier is over it. Is this the time?

118 mins (ET): WHAT A CHANCE FOR RANGERS! How have they not scored here? Roofe charges down the right, looks up and crosses low for Kent, who will surely tap in … but Kevin Trapp makes a miraculous save! From the rebound, Davis aims for the top corner, but Jakic gets his head to it and the ball flies a few inches over!

Rangers' Steven Davis (right) and Scott Arfield react after a missed chance.
Rangers’ Steven Davis (right) and Scott Arfield react after a missed chance. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

117 mins (ET): Another change with penalties in mind – here comes Aaron Ramsey! The unfortunate player hauled off is Fashion Sakala, who has only been on since the 74th minute.

116 mins (ET): Both sets of players look absolutely shattered now, and who can blame them? Borna Barisic is hurt and unable to continue – and Kemar Roofe is on to replace him …

114 mins (ET): At the other end, it’s Jakic’s turn to line up a long-range effort – and this one has the keeper worried as it swerves in the air, zipping just over the bar!

112 mins (ET): Ryan Kent is teed up by Lundstram and has a shot from 30 yards, which is well struck but comfortable enough for Trapp …

Rangers' Ryan Kent thumps a shot goalwards.
Rangers’ Ryan Kent thumps a shot goalwards. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

110 mins (ET): Knauff slaloms in from the right, but slips as he shoots. The ball deflects wide to Kostic, and from the delivery, Kamada goes down under pressure from Bassey. There wasn’t a lot in that, and the referee isn’t interested.

107 mins (ET): At the other end, substitute Hrustic almost makes an immediate impact, dragging his shot just wide of the far post with McGregor on his heels.

106 mins (ET): Straight from the kick-off, Barisic gets forward and strikes at goal, with Trapp awkwardly palming the ball down before collecting.

Extra time, second half

Here we go. Djibril Sow is off for Eintracht, replaced by Ajdin Hrustic.

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst gives his players a pep talk before the start of the second half of extra time.
Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst gives his players a pep talk before the start of the second half of extra time. Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

I think the German commentators said that two Frankfurt fans has fallen down from the stand. Do you know anything about this?

— Gitte (@mumShield) May 18, 2022

There has been no mention of this on my feed, but if I hear any news, I will pass it on. Hope anyone involved in the incident is OK.

Half-time in extra-time: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers

We’re fifteen minutes away from a penalty shootout, but the game is stretched enough that a winner doesn’t feel totally implausible either. Don’t go anywhere!

104 mins: To borrow a phrase just used on BT’s commentary, the referee has been consistent – ​​he’s consistently refused to give yellow cards for yellow-card offenses.

103 mins (ET): Knauff’s attempted chip through to Hauge bobbles off Bassey’s elbow but even Eintracht’s penalty appeals look tired now. Sakala relieves the pressure well, flicking the ball past Lenz and forcing the defender to drag him down. No booking.

102 mins (ET): Steven Davis runs on to Arfield’s cut back, but his shot from the edge of the area is closed down.

Rangers' Steven Davis shot is blocked.
Rangers’ Steven Davis shot is blocked. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA

100 mins (ET): A change for each side as we hit triple figures. N’Dicka is replaced by Christopher Lenz at centre-back, while Van Bronckhorst sends James Sands on. He replaces the goalscorer, Joe Aribo, in a move that suggests a shift to a back three.

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