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Rangers have to pick themselves up after their crushing loss when they face Hearts in the Scottish FA Cup final on Saturday. Eintracht Frankfurt now will begin the celebrations with their Europa League crown and prepare for the next campaign.
Eintracht Frankfurt win the Europa League for the second time in their history after defeating Rangers on penalties at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. The German outift had to come from behind to force a shoot-out after Joe Aribo put the Gers ahead in the second half. Rafael Borre was the man on the spot to convert Filip Kostic's cross to level the scores. Neither side could force a winner in normal or extra-time prompting penalties. Aaron Ramsey was the only man to miss from the spot, allowing Borre to play the hero for the second time of the night, dispatching his effort into the top-left corner to secure the Europa League crown and a place in the Champions League next season.
FULL-TIME: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 1-1 RANGERS (EINTRACHT FRANKFURT WIN 5-4 ON PENALTIES)
BORRE SCORES! The forward wins the Europa League with a precise strike into the top-left corner. Borre holds his composure under pressure to deliver the crown for the German outfit.
Roofe has to score to keep the shoot-out alive, and does, firing his strike in off the inside of the left post. 4-4.
Kostic puts Frankfurt ahead in the shoot-out, squeezing his effort past the hand of McGregor. 3-4.
MISS! Ramsey is the first man to miss from the spot as his tame strike is saved by the legs of Trapp. 3-3.
Kamada drills his right-footed strike into the back of the net off the inside of the right post. 3-3.
Arfield dispatches his effort with power past Trapp into the top-left corner. 3-2.
Hrustic sends his left-footed strike into the bottom-left corner to draw Frankfurt level. 2-2.
Davis holds his composure from 12 yards to fire Rangers back in front, finding the top-right corner. 2-1.
Lenz responds for Frankfurt, curling his left-footed strike into the right corner. 1-1.
Tavernier is up first and he slots his kick straight down the middle to get Rangers off the mark. 1-0.
Penalties will be at the Rangers end of the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan and the Scottish side will be up first.
The contest goes to penalties as Kevin Trapp denied Ryan Kent to deny Rangers a winner late in extra-time.
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FULL-TIME EXTRA-TIME: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 1-1 RANGERS
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SAVE! Tavernier curls his effort over the wall, but Trapp gets across to make a comfortable save.
Jakic brings down Davis on the edge of the box. Rangers will have a free-kick in a dangerous position with time almost up.
Sakala has struggled to get up to the speed of the game and is replaced by Ramsey for penalties.
TRAPP MAKES A GREAT SAVE!!! Roofe latches on to a ball over the top and cuts a cross back to Kent in the middle. He connects well with his strike, but Trapp sticks out a leg to deny the winger before Davis fires over bar from the rebound.
Roofe replaces the ailing Barisic, with penalties probably in mind.
Barisic is struggling with cramp and will have to be withdrawn here.
CLOSE! Jakic latches on to a cutback from Hrustic and fires at goal from distance. His effort has McGregor worried, but it sails narrowly over the bar.
SAVE! Kent is played into space 25 yards from goal and he rifles a left-footed strike towards the target, but Trapp makes a comfortable stop.
Knauff cuts in from the right flank before firing at goal on his left foot. Goldson blocks his effort before McGregor claims a dangerous cross into the box from Kostic.
Both sets of players are tired out on the field. This is a test of mental and physical fitness at this stage of the contest.
INCHES WIDE! Hauge tees up Hrustic for a strike from the edge of the Rangers box, but he places his effort agonisingly wide of the right post with McGregor flat-footed.
SAVE! Barisic lines up a blast from 25 yards that he connects with well. It soars towards the target, but Trapp beats it away from danger.
We're back under way in the Europa League final.
Hrustic replaces Sow in the Frankfurt midfield.
There is nothing between the teams as we head into the second half of extra-time. Either side has 15 minutes to find a winner otherwise we're going to penalties.
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HALF-TIME EXTRA-TIME: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 1-1 RANGERS
There will be one minute of added time.
Lenz blocks off Sakala's run, but he avoids a booking. The referee has been lenient tonight.
Knauff tries to steer the ball towards Hauge in the Rangers box, but once more Bassey is there to make a vital interception.
BLOCK! Tavernier and Sakala combine to tee up Davis on the edge of the box, but his effort is blocked by Jakic.
Aribo put Rangers ahead with a fine strike, but now makes way as Sands replaces him. Arfield will be pushed up front as Sands drops into a three-man defence.
Lenz replaces Ndicka in the Frankfurt backline.
Sow makes an important interception to deny Arfield in the final third before Frankfurt break back up the field. Knauff tries to line up a strike, but Bassey provides the pressure to force his effort wide of the target.
Aribo tries to burst past Hasebe in the Frankfurt box, but the defender holds firm to win back possession for the German outfit.
CHANCE! Bassey loses out to Borre and the forward breaks into the inside-right channel. He goes for goal from a tight angle, but Bassey gets back to divert his effort behind on the stretch.
Arfield collects in the final third and lines up a drive from 20 yards, but launches his effort narrowly over the bar.
Frankfurt win a corner down the left flank as Kostic sends another dangerous cross into the box, which is cleared behind. Tavernier then comes to fore for the Gers to clear the second delivery from the wing-back.
We're under way in extra-time in the Europa League final.
Arfield replaces Kamara in the Gers midfield for extra-time.
The Europa League final goes to extra-time as Joe Aribo's strike was cancelled out by Rafael Borre's effort. Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt must go again for another 30 minutes in an attempt to win the contest.
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END OF 90 MINUTES: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 1-1 RANGERS
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Barisic and Kent probe down the left flank with crosses into the box, but the Frankfurt defence are able to repel the threat.
There will be five minutes of added.
Rode is withdrawn, but has come through the majority of the game after getting a boot to the head in the fifth minute. Jakic replaces the Frankfurt skipper.
CHANCE! Kostic gathers a loose ball on the left flank and angles a cross to the back post. It travels across the face of goal and drifts inches wide with McGregor scrambling. Frankfurt only needed a touch there for a second goal.
Rangers has space to break as Kent does well down the left flank. He works the ball to Aribo, but his attempt at a give and go with Kamara fails as the midfielder slips.
Kamara sends Sakala into the inside-left channel and he fires towards the near post, but Trapp makes a comfortable claim.
Sakala has space to run at Hasebe, but the Frankfurt defender holds firm on the edge of the box to dispossess the Rangers winger.
Rangers have not been able to impose themselves since scoring. The response from Frankfurt has been extremely impressive as the German side.
Kostic curls a dangerous ball into the box from deep and it takes an awkward bounce in front of McGregor, forcing the keeper to turn it over the bar.
Frankfurt have found their rhythm and are edging Rangers back towards the edge of their own box.
OVER! Frankfurt cut Rangers open down the left flank, allowing Rode to break into the box from Kamada's cutback. He offloads back to Hauge in space, but he lifts his effort over the top.
Sakala replaces Wright down the right flank after the winger faded in the second half.
Jack is withdrawn for the Gers and is replaced by Davis in the midfield.
Wright pulls back Kamada on the charge and goes into the book.
Lindstrom made it through 71 minutes for the German outfit and played well after making his comeback from injury. Hauge replaces him in the final third.
There is a break in play for a cooling break after the Frankfurt equaliser.
Kostic delivers a precise cross from the left flank that Borre latches on to and scores.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! BORRE EQUALISES FOR FRANKFURT!!!!!!! 1-1!!!! The German outfit are back in the game as Borre pounces at the near post. Kostic delivers a dangerous cross in from the left flank that drifts between Goldson and Bassey. Borre is in the right spot and sticks out his right boot to fire past McGregor into the bottom-right corner.
KAMADA HAS TO SCORE! The forward latches on to Rode's pass and only has McGregor to beat, but he lifts his effort over the top. Goldson is closed down by Lindstrom and it allows Rode to release Kamada. He goes for a first-time strike over McGregor, but fails to hit the target.
Kostic probes down the left flank, but Tavernier holds firm to block his cross. The ball strikes back off the Frankfurt defender before travelling behind to present the Gers with a goal-kick.
Aribo goes into the book for catching Toure with a stray arm.
Aribo's strike was his first in the Europa League this season. What a time to score!
CHANCE! Borre keeps a deep cross from Kostic alive in the Rangers box and Lindstrom collects on the edge of the penalty area. He shoots first time, but Bassey puts his body on the line to divert it wide of the post. There are appeals for a penalty from the Frankfurt players for handball, but it struck the chest of the Rangers defender.
Tuta hurt himself after falling over and is replaced by Hasebe in the middle of the Frankfurt defence.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! ARIBO FIRES RANGERS IN FRONT!!!!!!!! 1-0!!!!!!!! The Scottish side strike first in the Europa League final as Aribo beats Trapp following a mistake by Tuta. The Frankfurt defender slips after Sow heads the ball back towards his own goal. Aribo bursts past the defender and holds his composure under pressure, slotting his left-footed strike into the bottom-left corner.
CHANCE! Kent latches on to an offload from Aribo in the inside-left channel following a break from Tavernier. He has time to shoot, but he goes for the quick strike on his left foot and slices his effort wide.
There is a VAR check for the foul, but there is no penalty for Frankfurt. There was contact, and Goldson may have gotten away with one there.
PENALTY SHOUT! Borre breaks into the box after latching onto a flick from Kamada. He goes down under pressure from Goldson, but the referee points only for a corner.
CLOSE! Lindstrom collects on the edge of the box and turns to fire at goal on his right foot. The ball deflects off Kamara and travels towards goal with McGregor beaten, but it trickles agonisingly wide of the target.
WIDE! Tuta breaks forward from the back for the German outfit and he launches a strike at goal that travels narrowly wide of the left post.
Kostic swings a corner into the box from the right flank, but Lundstram rises highest in the box to clear for the Gers.
Rode sends Knauff down the right flank and he tries to steer a first-time cross into the middle that Bassey clears behind.
We're back under way in the Europa League final.
Frankfurt seemed the more settled out of the two sides before Rangers found their way towards the end of the half. Lundstram was perhaps fortunate to remain on the field for a high boot on Sebastian Rode, which may be on the mind of the lenient referee as the game progresses. The second half will be a test of composure, and whoever handles their nerves will emerge as the Europa League winner.
It is goalless at the break in the Europa League final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers in Seville. The German outfit have had the best chance of the game, but Allan McGregor was on point to push Ansgar Knauff's effort wide of the post. At the other end, Rangers had a couple of half-chances as Joe Aribo fired wide from distance, while John Lundstram saw his effort turned over the bar. The game is very much in the balance at the interval.
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HALF-TIME: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 0-0 RANGERS
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Frankfurt press down the left flank to win a corner, but the Gers manage to clear their lines from Kostic's outswinger into the box before Kent robs Tuta to quell the threat for good.
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OVER! Jack collects an offload from Aribo from the right flank and has space to fire a drive at goal, but he sends his effort over the top.
There will be six minutes of added time.
Bassey is brave at the back for the Gers to stick his head down to clear Kostic's delivery to the back post.
Tavernier escapes a booking for pulling back Lindstrom on the left flank after losing possession. Frankfurt build down the right flank, but Knauff sees his cross diverted behind for a corner.
Rangers enjoy their best spell of possession in the half, but cannot find a way through the German side in the final third. They have to be patient.
Wright bursts down the right flank and sees his cross blocked by Ndicka.The winger keeps the pressure on the German outfit by winning a throw-in deep in Frankfurt territory.
SAVE! Barisic floats a dangerous cross into the box for Lundstram to attack. He nods an effort towards the top-right corner, but Trapp is alert to tip it over the bar.
Sow brings down Kent on a run down the left flank, handing Rangers a free-kick in a useful position.
Rangers win their first corner of the game down the right flank, but the looping delivery from Tavernier cannot be kept alive by Lundstram at the back post.
CHANCE! A poor header from Tavernier allows Kostic to break down the left flank. He has options in the final third, but goes for the strike on his left foot that he drags wide of the right post.
OVER! Kostic seizes on a loose ball and lines up a spectacular strike on the half-volley that sails into the side-netting.
BLOCK! Lindstrom latches on to a clearance from Tavernier from a corner and shoots into the ground. It travels through a crowd of players before Lundstram make a block and the Scottish outfit clear their lines.
Bassey has to be alert to divert a dangerous free-kick from Kostic behind for a corner amid the threat of Tuta at the back post.
We're back under way in Seville.
Due to the high temperatures in Seville, there will be a two-minute cooling break for the players to take on fluids.
INCHES WIDE! Wright is caught late by Ndicka, but the ball travels to Aribo and the referee plays advantage. Aribo turns to fire at goal from 20 yards out on his left foot, but he bends his effort just wide of the left post.
Kent has a run at the Frankfurt defence down the left flank, but gets crowded out before he can cross the ball into the middle.
OVER! Sow is afforded space and time to line up a strike from the edge of the Rangers box, but he curls his effort over the top.
WIDE! Lindstrom attacks the resulting corner from Kostic, but scuffs his strike under no pressure on the edge of the Rangers box. The ball loops towards Ndicka to head towards the target, but he can only nod his effort into the side-netting.
SAVE! McGregor denies Knauff with a fine stop. The wing-back surges down the right flank and has space to cut inside to shoot on his left foot. His effort heads towards the bottom-right corner before McGregor acts to turn it past the post.
Knauff has a run at Barisic down the right flank and he opens up space for a strike, but his effort is blocked by the legs of the Rangers full-back.
Lindstrom turns past Bassey down the inside-left channel and he drills a low cross into the box. Lundstram is there to clear the danger for the Scottish outfit.
Frankfurt have settled well into the contest and are knocking the ball around the pitch with confidence.
CHANCE! Kamada breaks into the box down the inside-left channel where McGregor does enough to push away with his effort on the stretch. Sow gathers the loose ball on the edge of the box, but curls a tame strike at the Rangers keeper.
Borre tries to release Kostic down the left flank, and although the wing-back breaks past Tavernier, Wright is there with a covering challenge.
Lundstram manages to avoid a booking for his challenge on Rode. He can consider himself fortunate to escape without a yellow card.
Rode appears to be okay, although he needs to change his shirt before he returns to the field.
There is a long stoppage as Rode needs to be bandaged up for his cut to the head.
Lundstram attacks a ball with a raised boot and catches Rode on the head, which sees blood pour from the Frankfurt captain. Rode requires treatment on the field.
Tavernier has space down the right flank to whip a cross into the box, but he overhits his delivery that travels away from the Frankfurt box.
Wright turns away from his man in the Frankfurt half and tries to release Aribo in the final third. The forward gets past one defender, but Tuta reacts to clear into touch before he can threaten.
Knauff whips a cross into the box that travels all the way through to Kostic. He fires a low cross back into the middle that Jack has to clear in the Rangers box.
We're under way in the Europa League final.
Rangers are the first Scottish club to reach the final of a major European competition since Rangers themselves in the 2007-08 UEFA Cup. They have reached five such finals, as many as every other Scottish side combined.
Van Bronckhorst rested his entire starting line-up for the final Premiership game of the season. McGregor slots between the posts ahead of McLaughlin, while Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey and Barisic start in the back four. Jack, Lundstram and Kamara hold down the middle of the park, with Aribo, Kent and Wright starting in the final third.
Glasner has made one change to his side that drew with Mainz in their final Bundesliga game of the season. Lindstrom gets the nod to come back into the side to in the final third to replace Hauge, who drops to the bench. Borre spearheads the attack for the German outfit tonight with influential wing-backs Kostic and Knauff expected to be key players tonight.
RANGERS SUBS: Amad Diallo, Steven Davis, Aaron Ramsey, James Sands, Kemar Roofe, Leon Balogun, Robby McCrorie, Junior Sakala, Jon McLaughlin, Scott Arfield, Leon Thomson King, Alex Lowry.
RANGERS (4-3-3): Allan McGregor; James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey, Borna Barisic; Ryan Jack, John Lundstram, Glen Kamara; Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo, Scott Wright.
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT SUBS: Kristijan Jakic, Ajdin Hrustic, Sam Lammers, Makoto Hasebe, Ragnar Ache, Timothy Chandler, Jens Hauge, Danny da Costa, Christopher Lenz, Aymen Barkok, Jens Grahl, Gonçalo Paciencia.
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT (3-4-3): Kevin Trapp; Almamy Toure, Tuta, Evan Ndicka; Ansgar Knauff, Sebastian Rode, Djibril Sow, Filip Kostic; Daichi Kamada, Rafael Borre, Jesper Lindstrom.
Rangers continually punched above their weight to reach the Europa League final for the first time since 2008, where they were beaten by Zenit St Petersburg. The Gers produced brilliant performances to defeat Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade. Sporting Braga and RB Leipzig to seal their place in Seville. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men ended their Scottish Premiership campaign with three wins on the bounce, including a 3-1 victory over Hearts last time out. It was not enough to beat out Celtic for the Scottish title, but they have momentum on their side.
Eintracht Frankfurt are aiming to win the Europa League for a second time, having won the competition back in 1980 when it was known as the UEFA Cup. The German side have been outstanding in the Europa League this term, defeating Real Betis, Barcelona and West Ham United in the knockout stage. Oliver Glasner's men have put all of their focus into the competition and will be striving to secure the Champions League place that comes with a triumph. Their form outside of the Europa League has been patchy, signing off their Bundesliga season with a 2-2 draw against Mainz. They need an improvement tonight.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Europa League final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.