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World media react to Rangers' euro pain

The world watched and the press from Germany, Spain, Finland and England gave their views on the final. (Author: Gardener)

RangersWorld media react to Rangers Euro pain: 'New legends are born' but Gio's stars are 'broken' Get the latest Rangers news from Record Sport with our daily newsletter. The Europa League final wasn't a classic - they rarely are - but it was absorbing, excruciating and emotionally draining. For Eintracht Frankfurt there was only joy. OK, so is pride, but the scenes at the end, as the Rangers players walked past the trophy they weren't allowed to touch, just screamed pain. Spain - whose clubs have won the tournament so many times it feels right to host the final - was also intrigued. This is how the media in those countries and beyond saw what was happening in Seville... Eintracht had the best chance of the half as Ansgar Knauff saw his try missed by Allan McGregor. Rangers had a few of their own, however, with Joe Aribo rolling just wide of goal and John Lundstram seeing his shot go over the bar. In a race with Aribo, Eintracht defender Tuta tripped over his own feet to keep the striker in goal, and he was perfect when he finished under pressure and in front of his own fans. They missed a huge chance to equalize before Rafael Borre converted just 12 minutes after going behind by tapping in from close range when Rangers failed to clear a cross into their six-yard box. From then on there seemed to be only one winner should anyone prevail over the 90 minutes, with the Bundesliga side dominating but not converting their chances. Substitute Ryan Kent had the best chance of the next 30 minutes, but Kevin Trapp somehow denied him with an amazing save from three yards out. Aaron Ramsey was the first to miss, with Trapp saving a poor Welshman's penalty, and Filip Kostic made no mistake as he slotted a superb free-kick into McGregor's bottom corner. Roofe took the Rangers' fifth kick and his shot just crept off the post. Frankfurt is Europa League champion! They had an incredible journey in the tournament that took them all the way to the Champions League. Aaron Ramsey, the more experienced player, shot poorly and lacked confidence. It didn't take Kevin Trapp much to get the ball, but in the end he and Frankfurt deserved the title. Kevin Trapp makes Eintracht Frankfurt the sensational winner of the Europa League in Seville. 5: 4 in the dramatic penalty shoot-out against Glasgow Rangers The goalkeeper also had two saves for eternity. Rangers rushed down the right, Roofe plays flat in the middle. Rangers winger Kent charges up there, faster than opponent Jakic and four yards from victory. With an incredible, instinctively sliding tackle, Trapp scrapes the ball away and destroys the mega chance. Rangers' dreams of European glory melted in the heat of an agonizing penalty shoot-out defeat in Seville. Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp parried Aaron Ramsey's penalty – and Rafael Borre's penalty was the winning goal and gave the Bundesliga club the trophy in Spain. Rangers had led through Joe Aribo's goal in the final only to see Colombia's Borre equalize - but it was only a brilliant late save by Trapp in Ryan Kent's extra time that denied Van Bronkhorst's team glory. Rangers, who will be 150 this year, had been hoping for their first European trophy since 1972. New legends are born in the cauldron of Seville. Eintracht and their fans who love to travel are undoubtedly the deserved Europa League winners. Anyone who makes it to the final in 13 games without a single defeat and defeats opponents such as FC Barcelona, ​​​​West Ham United or Betis Sevilla deservedly goes down in history. Eintracht Frankfurt players and fans were able to enjoy a rare treat on Thursday morning in Finnish time: victory in the major European football tournament. First place in the 1980 UEFA Cup found itself in the Frankfurt prize cabinet, now the team has won the Europa League in its name. It wasn't an easy win as the team only eliminated Rangers on penalties in the final in Seville. Finland midfielder Glen Kamara started the struggling Rangers team from Glasgow and came on as a substitute before the start of extra time. Kamara gets fairly clean papers from his evening talk despite being left with few balls and darkness in the second half. All that, a long hot night in Seville and an even longer wait stretching back half a century and it came to this: a shot to lift Eintracht Frankfurt's first European trophy in 42 years. The ball flew past Allan McGregor, making history. At the other end of the Sánchez Pizjuán, the Eintracht fans raged, an extraordinary, unexpected run completed. Rangers fans, meanwhile, fell silent for the first time, although those who stayed stood up to applaud players who had given their all and were now heartbroken, a unique opportunity snatched from them. They had waited fifty years for a European trophy; who knows how long they'll have to wait for another chance. Eintracht Frankfurt – A shining example. Eintracht Frankfurt's incredible journey across the old continent has indeed found a happy ending. Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey started for Rangers in the UEFA Europa League final, while Leon Balogun was an unused substitute as the Gers lost 5-4 on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt after Wednesday's regular-time game the night ended 1-1 at the Estadio Ramom Pizajuan in Seville, Spain. In the first half, the Super Eagles midfielder, used as a false nine, rolled the ball beautifully in the 20th minute despite the referee's whistle going for a first foul on teammate Scott Wright. He also found Ryan Jack on the edge of the German box, but his shot went wide. It has been 50 years since Rangers last won a European trophy. Who knows how long they'll have to wait to get that close to another. In the Seville heat, Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side had a sweaty palm on the prize when Joe Aribo put them ahead just before the hour mark, only to go into overtime. Then, a minute before the penalty shootout, they loaded the blue and white ticker tape as Ryan Kent stepped in for a pullback from Kemar Roofe. Goaltender Kevin Trapp, who transformed into a starfish, somehow found a leg to parry the blast at point-blank range. That same leg would soon be the focus of the penalty shootout. In Seville, Frankfurt won the Europa League, replacing Villarreal as the event's winner. The German club with a determined Kevin Trapp canceled their ticket to the group stage of the next Champions League. Aaron Ramsey (Rangers) tripped over Trapp on penalties.

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Rangers had a hand in the Europa League trophy

Heaven is a place on earth. Unfortunately it's not Seville. It never seems to be Seville. (Author: Gardener)

Europa LeagueUnfortunately it's not Seville. It never seems to be Seville. © Rangers' Aaron Ramsey (16) returns dejected after missing his penalty against Eintracht Fran... Although the city is attractive, Scottish football fans don't find much joy between its sun-drenched pitches and streets lined with orange trees. Allan McGregor, who saw five penalties go wide of the net, will certainly not retire there. Aaron Ramsey, meanwhile, will never want to return after seeing his effort, Rangers' fourth kick saved by Kevin Trapp. The Juventus player on loan should make the difference in Rangers' campaign upon his arrival in January. Rafael Borre scored the winning goal for Eintracht Frankfurt in the shootout to the right of McGregor. You know what they say about German teams and penalties... In Seville in 2003, at the same stage of the same competition, Celtic's dreams were wiped out. Here Scotland lost Brazil 4-1 in a World Cup game forty years ago next month, at least in this country, Davie Narey's stunning opening goal was remembered. A "toe poke" was how Jimmy Hill described it at the time, and the expert would never hear the end of it. Narey's shot briefly had a rival for the most famous goal scored by a Scottish team in the city. Joe Aribo's goal certainly threatened to be the most important after 57 minutes. As in the case of Narey, whose finish to the top corner is said to have only angered Brazil, the goal may have just come too soon. The rangers still had over half an hour to negotiate on another muggy night in the city. © Eintracht Frankfurt's Christopher Lenz lifts the trophy after winning the UEFA Europa League. They were only able to defend their lead for about a dozen minutes before Filip Kostic deflected a cross from the left off the top of the stretching Borre's right boot – it was a toe poke indeed. McGregor, 40, the oldest player to ever play in a European final and perhaps played in his very last game, didn't have an earthly one. The culmination of Rangers' so-called journey was widely seen as final season when they secured their 55th Scottish title and first since the financial crisis of 2012. Many newspaper articles at the time chronicling this odyssey through the divisions suggested this was the case Closure. Perhaps this was where the pain really was eased, despite the final, heartbreaking result. There were 12 substitutes in Seville. One was actually a Wales international on loan from Juventus. Ramsey didn't make the starting XI but it was comforting to know that a player of such quality was there when things got out of hand at Rangers. That actually appeared to be the case towards the end of the 90 minutes but Steven Davis, the experienced midfielder, was instead sent on by Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the manager tried to steady the ship. © Rangers fans dejected after defeat Another half hour of extra football wasn't necessarily in Rangers' interest given the conditions, but it was better to lose a late goal. Van Bronckhorst didn't even approach Ramsey early in extra time. Ramsey finally showed up towards the end of the second overtime, as did Kemar Roofe. Had Ramsey's time in a Rangers jersey come after such a stop-start month? Or would McGregor, who is contemplating hanging up his gloves, say goodbye with the winner's parade? That wasn't necessarily the case, even last year when they won the coveted Scottish Premiership title under Steven Gerrard. The then Rangers coach also managed to ensure the Ibrox side regained their respect on the continent. But that felt different. A final. A European final. Fans of other teams, including those in England, watched with envy. Even Gerrard, now at Aston Villa, must have felt a little frustrated that he missed out. There were times when it seemed like the occasion would overwhelm the Ibrox side. There were similarities to the last time they achieved such a showcase game, in Manchester 2008. Eintracht Frankfurt, who, like Zenit St. Petersburg, played in white 14 years ago, seemed determined to give Rangers as little possession as possible in the early stages. Rangers never really looked like beating their Russian opponents at the City of Manchester Stadium and rarely got on with the game. The general feeling seemed to be that John Lundstram was lucky not to be penalized for a high shoe in the opening minutes. The game was interrupted for minutes because the Eintracht Frankfurt captain was bandaged. It made him look like former Ibrox colossus Terry Butcher. Rangers fans would have been disturbed by nightmarish visions of Rode going up to collect the trophy, blood dripping from his forehead. Rode stayed and, more importantly for Rangers, Lundstram. Rangers were treated leniently by VAR here and then in the second half when Connor Goldson seemed to pinch Borre in the box. That was a disappointment and a potentially hugely important one given Rangers took the lead shortly after. Djibril Sow's wayward header from behind gave Aribo the chance to put the pressure on Tuta, whose subsequent slip resulted in the Rangers makeshift striker getting on target. Aribo ran to the Rangers fans' bench behind the goal. For the first time since 1983, a Scottish side have triumphed in a European final. Rangers will have desperate and lasting regrets - particularly Ryan Kent's failure to score in the last minute of extra time from Roofe's fine cross. The Scottish Cup, which they will fight for on Saturday against Hearts for the first time since 2009, is a big trophy.

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Rangers suffer heartbreak on penalties as they lose to Eintracht Frankfurt

Rangers' player Aaron Ramsey, who came on as a substitute in the 117th minute, saw his penalty saved and Rafael Santos Borre netted for the Germany team's 5-4 penalty shootout win. (Author: Gardener)

Eintracht FrankfurtRangers were denied a historic win after suffering heartbreak on penalties in the Europa League final. The Scottish club lost 5-4 on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt after 120 minutes of a hard-fought game in Seville. Rangers took the lead with a crisp low finish in the 57th minute thanks to a Joe Aribo strike. The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and went into overtime. Despite chances for both sides, the deadlock could not be broken and the final was decided by penalties until the end filled with Rangers fans. Ramsey came on as a substitute for Glasgow after 117 minutes. Filip Kostic converted Eintracht's fourth penalty despite McGregor having a hand ball. The Gers' Kemar Roofe made it 4-4 but then a stunning Borre penalty in the top corner sealed victory for the German side. Rangers legends have been lining up all week to ask their fans to behave themselves in Seville. Ally McCoist, Richard Gough and Graeme Souness, the list goes on - they all knew this could be a nightmare for the club if it escalated into drunken violence, as happened in Manchester when Rangers were last in a grand European final in 2008. Not perfect, but that's how a major European final should be. There were 160,000 fans from both sides in town and, remarkably, only a few isolated incidents - a hot spot in the afternoon heat led to a chair throw that soon fizzled out. While many Celtic fans and other rivals expected and even hoped that Rangers fans would let themselves down, the vast majority heeded the warnings and just came to enjoy the moment. After 2am in a hotel bar, we watched Rangers fans swap shirts and compare moobs to Eintracht Frankfurt fans toasting their win. The heat of Seville and the drama of the game drained them of all their strength. About 100,000 Rangers supporters had traveled to the Spanish city, most without tickets. It was Rangers' 19th game in Europe this season and Giovanni Van Bronckhorst's side must now prepare for Saturday's Scottish Cup final against Hearts at Hampden Park. The last time the Ibrox club won a European final was 50 years ago when they beat Dynamo Moscow 3-2 in 1972 and lifted the Cup Winners' Cup. The last time Rangers were in a final on the continent was in 2008, when they lost 2-0 in the UEFA Cup at Zenit St Petersburg. Wednesday night's game came just over a decade after Rangers took office, causing the club to relegate to the third division of Scottish football. It was Eintracht's first title in Europe since triumphing in the 1980 UEFA Cup against Borussia Mönchengladbach. The win also meant qualification for the Champions League next season, although they finished 11th in the Bundesliga. "We played 13 games in Europe and didn't lose a single one," said Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner. Before kick-off, there were some heated arguments between Rangers and Eintracht fans in the city.

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Lowe HR in 10th gives Rangers a 6-5 win and Angels sweep

Nathaniel Lowe is feeling better on the plate again for the Texas Rangers, and a big swing gave them a series win. Lowe hit a two-run homer in the first pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 on Wednesday night after losing the lead in the ninth inning and falling behind in the top of the 10th . (Author: Gardener)

RangersARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Nathaniel Lowe is feeling better on the plate again for the Texas Rangers, and a big swing gave them a series momentum. Lowe hit a two-run homer in the first pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 on Wednesday night after losing the lead in the ninth inning and falling behind in the top of the 10th . "Right man, right place," said Rangers manager Chris Woodward. Felt confident arriving today and winning the game for us. It was the second straight game for Lowe to give the green light or win RBI late, after a streak of 19 straight games without driving in a run for the team's Player of the Month in April when he hit .313. He hadn't had an RBI in May until his go-ahead hit in a seven-run eighth inning Tuesday night, though he's still stuck in a 6-for-64 slump on the game's homer, a two-run shot in the ninth. They went to the top of 10th with a Fielder's Choice ground shot from Mike Trout who homed earlier in the game. That was after Texas hit its season high. His fourth straight win came from Brad Miller's solo homer in the seventh and the former Angels outfielder in the eighth. Lowe's second homer of the season, pulled narrowly into the post in right field, gave the Angels their first three-game streak loss of the year. And that's all you want in baseball is to go out there and play with confidence," said Rangers catcher Jonah Heim. Heim had three hits and drove in two runs against Angels starter Shohei Ohtani, but the Rangers switch-hit catcher struck bases-loaded in the ninth against the narrowly approaching Raisel Iglesias (1-2), who then homered resigned to Lowe on the 10. So give them credit for stepping up a bit," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "So this is just another example of why our division is so difficult." Velazquez started the inning second and finished third with a single from Taylor Ward, now the top hitter in the Big League with a .375 batting average. Dennis Santana (2-1), allowing the unearned run in the 10th, was the four-time Texas assist after Dane Dunning limited the Angels to those two early solo homers and hit six over six innings. Texas had loaded the bases against Jose Suarez in the ninth with back-to-back one-out singles from Marcus Semien and Corey Seager before a two-out walk to Calhoun. When Maddon went up the mound to make a pitching change, he was ejected after words with home plate umpire CB Bucknor. Heim beat Ohtani in a grand slam the last time the two-way star served in Texas on April 14, giving up six runs in 3 2/3 innings. This time, Heim had an RBI single in the fourth and his RBI double in the sixth tie at 2. Ohtani hit seven and walked two while allowing two runs and six hits over six innings. Losing in Texas a week into the season, Ohtani was 0-2 in his first two starts after going 9-2 in 23 starts last season. Trout led from fourth place on his 11th homer, a line drive to the left seats almost identical to his homer the previous night, for a 2-0 lead. He leads the AL with 32 runs scored this season and has 999 in his career. Calhoun has four home runs in four games and five overall. Angels: Maddon said INF Matt Duffy's left hand was sore after he was knocked down in a collision with Rangers outfielder Adolis Garcia while playing first base in Tuesday's game. Duffy also had a cut under his eye from being hit by the ball thrown at play. Angels: There is a rest day Thursday before opening a nine-game homestand. Oakland visits this weekend, then the Angels have another day off Monday before hosting the Rangers next week. Rangers: After a 6-3 win in the home stand, Texas opens a four-game series Thursday night in Houston. That completes 16 games in 15 days since back-to-back rains in New York against the Yankees.

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The story serves as a plea for wild cruelty for the Rangers to prove themselves the most evil temptress of them all

Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his players, so well-travelled and supported by such numbers, found the door to sporting immortality slammed in their face without a shred of sympathy. (Author: Gardener)

RangersUltimately, and with a sense of unspeakable cruelty, the story demanded more than the Rangers could give. Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his players, so well-travelled and supported by such numbers, found the door to sporting immortality slammed in their face without a shred of sympathy. A missed penalty by the man brought in at the end of a penalty shootout to make the difference will be the defining moment of Aaron Ramsey's brief, unsatisfactory stint at Ibrox. And Rangers were brought to their knees by a Eintracht Frankfurt team who claimed that fate for themselves. He waved her forward with a seductive curl of his fingers, but never let her get close enough to actually reach out and take her. After the heroics they put into this storm across the continent, the tearful ending to the final chapter seemed almost inhuman. On Saturday, the final act of a monumental campaign to the death will be fought. Admittedly, the Scottish Cup may seem like cold consolation at the moment as they come to terms with the pain of missing out on the European title. Hearts will disagree, and shouldn't disagree - it's their job to increase the agony - but in any other world, that would seem like one cruelty too many. That last night's final task had to be completed without a recognized striker was just another reason to increase the odds that had been stacked against Rangers from the start. Yes, Kemar Roofe regained playability in the 11th hour after missing a month. But after spending so long on the treatment table, this was neither the time nor the place to throw him into the fire. With temperatures hovering around 40 degrees on a scorching afternoon, the 29-year-old had to settle for a seat in the shade of van Bronckhorst's dugout. Rather than subject his only fit centre-forward to burnout, the manager stuck to his semi-final weapons and chose the same starting XI as last time out for RB Leipzig. That meant Joe Aribo leading the line, flanked by Ryan Kent and Scott Wright. The decision did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Rangers fans who had been flocking to this stadium since late afternoon, cramming into every nook and cranny. At kick-off time, the noise penetrated the foundations. Soon all the volume came from the Eintracht end and amidst the din, Rangers looked a little startled at the enormity. Sloppy in possession, loose in passing and slow to start all over the pitch, they let Frankfurt come forward on foot. As the tension grew, so did the activity in Allan McGregor's box. The 40-year-old goalkeeper held a shot from Djibril Sow, then fingertiped another from Ansgar Knauff around the foot of his left post. In fact, the first half hour was a test of Rangers' stamina and McGregor's determination. But as half-time approached, it seemed as if van Bronckhorst's side were finally gaining a foothold in this final, and moving deeper into the Frankfurt area for the first time. Despite this, Kent was double-sacked by defenders whenever the ball went over his left flank. Nonetheless, John Lundstram had a header that skimmed over the top as the pressure mounted and the Rangers support collectively began to find their voice. The rangers were forced to return to the well, but by half-time it was van Bronckhorst's job to determine how much was left on the ground. But the second half started much like the first, with Rangers avoiding disaster when Connor Goldson got away with a late contact with Rafael Santos Borre in the box. Then, almost entirely out of the blue, came the moment when Goldson won a superb header, Brazilian defender Tuta slipped as he turned to chase him and Aribo ran clear to slide home. And so, when the Germans equalized with 20 minutes to go through Borre's clever finish, Rangers were back on tiptoe on the precipice. Van Bronckhorst responded by sending Steven Davis' experience and searing deep breaths around the agenda as that competition sped into overtime and a penalty shootout. James Tavernier, Davis, Scott Arfield and Roofe scored in the Eintracht net. But Ramsey's miss will haunt this club long after his time here.

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Cole's OT goal lifts Hurricanes past Rangers to win Game 1

Sebastian Aho extended the game. Cole defeated Igor Shesterkin 3-12 in overtime to help the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Wednesday night and made a late rally to win Game 1 of their second-round playoff series . (Author: Gardener)

Game 1And that allowed the Carolina Hurricanes to escape their first home loss of the playoffs, despite being completely outplayed for most of the night. Cole defeated Igor Shesterkin 3-12 in overtime to help the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Wednesday night and made a late rally to win Game 1 of their second-round playoff series . Aho had forced overtime when he shoved into Shesterkin in a dramatic finish late in the third period. However, that overshadowed the fact that the Metropolitan Division winners were lucky enough to win after Rangers controlled the opening 40 minutes. "A big compliment to our boys, they did it, it was definitely a good third third," said Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour. "We're not going to get away with it, not going two thirds and expecting to win a game - especially against this team at this time of year." The Hurricanes won home ice by clinching the division title with a win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in the final week of the regular season. They nearly passed it but will instead be aiming for a sixth straight win here when they host Game 2 on Friday night. Cole's rebound winner hit Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren's bat, with the puck changing direction before slipping past Shesterkin. "I wanted to pass it on to someone," said Cole. "Hockey is a game of weird jumps, and it went in by accident. The result capped Carolina's late comeback, which began with the Hurricanes showing more urgency and aggression from the second break. Carolina also produced a key performance from Antti Raanta, who had 27 saves and helped the Hurricanes hold out until their attack finally took its familiar form. "They gave a big boost in the first 10 minutes in the third half and we weathered that storm," Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. Filip Chytil scored the first goal for Rangers while Shesterkin finished with 24 saves. Both teams advanced through grueling seven-game first-round streaks, first with Carolina finally getting past Boston on Saturday, followed by New York getting past Pittsburgh in overtime a day later. The Hurricanes, not lagging behind in that series or in their four home wins, had to bounce back from a 3-1 deficit that saw Shesterkin — finalists for the Vezina Trophy for league's best goaltender and the Hart Trophy for league MVP — belonged, who was recovering from 10 goals in Games 3 and 4. But when that started, it was the Hurricanes who looked a step slow while the Rangers wasted few good chances. When defenseman Tony DeAngelo tried to send the puck back to teammate Jaccob Slavin for a reset, Rangers forward Alexis Lafrenière stole , the pass to l Eat a 3v2 charge. Lafrenière passed to Chytil, who put the puck past Slavin and Raanta's extended stick from the right at 7:07 the first time. It also helped that the Hurricanes hit the bar twice in game three, first on a breakaway by Nino Niederreiter and later by Aho, seemingly confirming it wasn't their night. Instead, Aho followed by taking a feed from rookie Seth Jarvis and then going to his backhand side. Shesterkin made the first stop, but Aho left the rebound to equalize at 2:23, setting up Cole's winner. "We wanted to win, but we have another chance on Friday to make the split and go home," said center Mika Zibanejad. Carolina halted a three-game losing streak at home in the second round of the playoffs. They lost all three games despite having home field advantage in a five-game series against eventual two-time champions Tampa Bay last year. Both of Chytil's postseason goals came in their last four games as Rangers erased their first-round deficit and advanced. Carolina's Teuvo Teravainen set up Aho's equalizer for his sixth assist of the playoffs, while Jarvis also provided his third assist. Retired Hurricanes defender Sean Hill, who was part of the team's run to the 2002 cup final, sounded the "storm warning" siren before the game to allow the team to hit the ice. Duke women's basketball coach Kara Lawson and Raleigh-born PGA Tour golfer Chesson Hadley sounded the sirens on the first and second breaks, respectively.

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Rangers beaten on penalties as Eintracht Frankfurt win Europa League in Seville

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers (Eintracht Frankfurt win 5-4 on penalties): A memorable run ended in heartbreak for Rangers as a penalty shoot-out decided the Europa League final (Author: Gardener)

Eintracht FrankfurtSeville had been the destination of Rangers' European tour for weeks, and it came to an abrupt and devastating end here at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Joe Aribo's second-half finish put Rangers within reach of a first European Cup in 50 years but Eintracht Frankfurt equalised, going from penalties and there went that unique final for the German side. Ryan Kent had a chance to win it in the final seconds of extra time, an opportunity to win the Europa League there. He failed at the outstretched leg of Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who would be the hero in the penalty shootout. Rafael Borre, who equalized to thwart Rangers, would also deliver the final blow with a perfect penalty in the top corner. And that was it - a penalty to separate two sides who had defied all odds to organize one of the most unexpected European finals in recent memory. For Rangers, the joy of reaching this final lay in celebrating wins over Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig to prove their position on the European stage. The chance to win European silverware is over. Ramsey failed to convert his penalty (Getty Images) Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side were never fought, but they lacked the sheer intensity and heady ferocity of those nights at Ibrox. Rangers' starting line-up was put together for around £12million. Their Player of the Match Calvin Bassey was an unannounced free signing from Leicester City. This Rangers team will go down in history, but Kent's 118th-minute miss will also be remembered as the sliding doors moment. After a tense and even first half, this was a game in desperate need of a goal. Two came in quick succession to blast it wide as Aribo's opener was annulled by Borre. When Eintracht pressed on a back-evening in Seville while Rangers battled exhaustion, they held out in extra time – again a hot and tense period of play until Kent's miss. Rangers fans had come to Seville by any means necessary. They had played in a European final for the first time in 14 years, a stage many thought they would not return to after being relegated to Scottish football's fourth division nine years ago. Kent is denied by Trapp (AFP via Getty Images) that Rangers had received just under 10,000 tickets to the final, but they ended up at the stadium with far more. The Royal Blues met another dormant European giant, Eintracht Frankfurt, a white wall across the Pizjuan, but Rangers still managed to improve their numbers. It created a stunning scene, a fitting backdrop for one final thought that was lost to European football. Eintracht started sharper and was given space on the flank by the lively duo of Filip Kostic/Ansgar Knauff. Referee Slavko Vincic was remarkably mild throughout the game, a tone he struck early on after luckily John Lundstrum was not given a yellow card after taking blood from Eintracht captain Sebastian Rode's head with his cleats. Rangers were jaded and looking heavy, unsurprisingly in conditions that topped 30C before kick-off and led to a water break midway through the first half. Knauff tested Allan McGregor before Kostic hit wide after leading the breakaways. Attempts at unity increased. Rangers came into play with gradual and deliberate possession, but by the time half-time came it was as balanced and even as predicted. When the teams emerged after the break, half of Eintracht was enveloped in a puff of white smoke, but what this final needed most was a goal. Aribo gave Rangers the lead but they couldn't hold on (AFP via Getty Images) It was Eintracht who started better again. Jesper Lindstrom's deflected shot left McGregor stranded but went just wide. Borre crashed into the pits under Connor Goldson but saw appeals waved away. It may have been a stroke of luck, and Kent almost punished it after finding himself in space. He hit wide, but Aribo was far more clinical. Djibril Sow's back header went over the head of defender Tuta, who panicked as Aribo sped away. The Brazilian slipped, an agonizing collapse on the turf, as Aribo pinned the ball under Trapp. With Alfredo Morelos injured and Kemar Roofe only fit enough for the bench, Rangers had found their goalscorer. Goldson slipped while detaching from the edge of his box. Rode continued playing at Daichi Kamada, Eintracht's top scorer in the competition with five goals. He couldn't add anything more as he lobbed a lob to the top of the net, but Rangers were unwilling to heed the warning of Eintracht's quick reaction. The equalizer came from outside and within 12 minutes of Aribo's opener. Kostic lashed a dangerous ball low and over the face of McGregor's goal. Goldson was caught, Borre was on his toes and the Colombian reached the front post to smack McGregor. Borre equalized for Eintracht and would be the hero in the penalty shoot-out (Getty Images) With more than 20 minutes of regular time to play, momentum had shifted in Eintracht's favour, the ball flying away from the Rangers crowd towards goal the Rangers sucked white behind McGregor. A Kostic free-kick bounced terribly in front of the goalkeeper and had to be tipped over the crossbar. The terrific Bassey held on, the 22-year-old didn't miss a tackle and substitute Fashion Sakala sparked hope with a driven ball over the goal. Rangers were tired, persevering and although Kostic missed a dangerous cross by inches as Eintracht got back in front, they made it into overtime. It could have been a tale of two slips. Bassey made a false foot for the first time that night when Borre grabbed his loose touch. But the defender recovered and ran back to slide in and pull Rangers on. Rangers had stopped creating chances, but so had unity. As extra time wore on penalties started to feel inevitable and changes were made with that in mind. But then, finally and in the 118th minute, the Rangers threatened. Roofe flashed the ball over and Kent hit the back post. The Europa League was about to be won, but Trapp somehow threw his leg in the way before Steve Davis' shot deflected. James Tavernier was awarded a free kick on the edge of the box in added time. Rangers had their first win on penalties, with Tavernier winning the throw to win it ahead of Rangers' barking end. Eintracht was unmoved and flawless. Missed Ramsey.

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Rangers are heartbroken but now they have hearts to beat

So close for Rangers. In the end, it was the penalty shootout that ended the Europa League dream. It was the only way a German side could beat them in this competition, with Eintracht Frankfurt victorious in a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out. (Author: Gardener)

RangersSo close for Rangers. So close for Rangers. In the end, it was the penalty shootout that ended the Europa League dream. It was the only way a German side could beat them in this competition, with Eintracht Frankfurt victorious in a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out. It was the only way a German side could beat them in this competition, with Eintracht Frankfurt victorious in a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out. Only Aaron Ramsey, who came on as a substitute in extra time, missed the penalty spot. Frankfurt won a dramatic duel 5-4 after a tense 1-1 draw in a fight that ultimately broke the hearts of thousands of Rangers fans, manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his players, including Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis, who won first came on late in the second half. Only Aaron Ramsey, who came on as a substitute in extra time, missed the penalty spot. Frankfurt won a dramatic duel 5-4 after a tense 1-1 draw in a fight that ultimately broke the hearts of thousands of Rangers fans, manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his players, including Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis, who won first came on late in the second half. Davis fired his penalty for Rangers, as did James Tavernier, Scott Arfield and Kemar Roofe. Christopher Lenz, Ajdin Hrustic, Daichi Kamada, Filip Kostić and Rafael Borré were just right for the Bundesliga club with an outstanding level of shooting. Ramsey was not up to speed and allowed Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to make a comfortable save that proved the difference between the teams. Rangers supporters wept, and some players too, as they digested the crushing disappointment of losing in a game of monumental importance where immortality is imposed on teams and individuals the moment they lift a major European trophy. To put into context what Rangers were trying to achieve, only three Scottish sides have found and enjoyed glory in Europe - Celtic's iconic Lisbon Lions of 1967 in the European Cup, the Barca Bears of Rangers 50 years ago in the Cup Winners Cup and the same Competition Alex Ferguson's great Aberdeen in 1983. That century has seen two UEFA Cup finals for the Old Firm, with Martin O'Neill managing Celtic and Neil Lennon in midfield when they lost to Jose Mourinhos Porto in Seville in 2003, and five years later against Steven Davis in the middle of the park for Walter Smith's Rangers when they were defeated by Zenit Saint Petersburg in Manchester. Since then, Scottish clubs have not tasted a trophy game. Consider that 10 years ago, Rangers were relegated to the bottom division of Scottish football after taking office. In the 2012/2013 season their first five league games were against Peterhead, East Stirling, Berwick Rangers, Elgin City and Annan Athletic. Rangers fans traveled to Seville with over 100,000 spectators for the momentous occasion. Originally only 9,500 tickets were sold to Rangers fans, but at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, with a capacity of 42,700, it was far more than their German counterparts. It really fitted, as the Ibrox stages en route to the final saw wave after wave of pressure from the home side as they beat Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade, Braga and RP Leipzig in the knockout rounds. In a season that began with Steven Gerrard at the helm and saw the deaths of legendary Walter Smith and longtime kitman Jimmy Bell, it's been an emotional time for everyone associated with the club. Sometimes they needed Allan McGregor's experience to get them through that continental journey and he was again required early in the deciding set to make crucial saves. The match only picked up speed after the break. Unfortunately, Frankfurt had not awarded a penalty on the 53rd when Connor Goldson tangled with Borre in the penalty area. Four minutes later, Rangers scored in front and sent their fans into a frenzy, while the alert Joe Aribo capitalized on mistakes in the Frankfurt defense to storm the goal clear. Rangers were on their way. Frankfurt returned with renewed determination which would result in an equalizer at 69 when Filip Kostic whipped in a cross, Borres slotting in between Goldson and the otherwise brilliant Calvin Bassey to score from six yards. Looking for more control, Van Bronckhorst approached Davis to come on for Ryan Jack with 74 minutes left. With the 37-year-old on the pitch, the Scots had more composure. Davis helped save the ball and charged forward in overtime. He showed energy and experience which gave Rangers the superior side as the final crept towards penalties. In the 118th minute, Ryan Kent was denied by a fabulous save by Trapp after substitute Roofe worked well before Davis saw his follow-up deflected. Trapp sealed it again with what was practically the last shot of the game, saving a Tavernier free-kick. Then came those penalties. Ramsey is a great player and you would have imagined him, but penalties can do strange things to great players. Somehow they have to lift themselves up for Saturday's Scottish Cup final. They must break hearts in Hampden after breaking their own in Seville.

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Rangers player ratings like Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo deliver on the big stage, but Aaron Ramsey has a cameo to forget

Rangers were beaten on penalties in the Europa League final, with Sub Aaron Ramsey's penalty saved decisively; Joe Aribo put Scotland ahead before Rafael Borre equalized for Eintracht Frankfurt (Author: Gardener)

Joe AriboA painful night for the veteran goalkeeper whose emotions were clear to see at the end. On penalties he was close to a couple of penalties but it wasn't to be. At the start of the game he was keen to save Ansgar Knauff's early goal and was unable to do anything against Rafael Borre's equaliser. The captain led in the penalty shootout and did his part, but wasn't quite at his best throughout the game after his exploits en route to Sevilla. Unusually, he passed the ball a few times in the first half and although he grew into the game, he failed to create a magic moment like in previous rounds. A yard or two wide when Frankfurt's cross equalized and that gave Borre the opening he needed. Goldson was among the Rangers players who looked a little nervous during a frantic start and worried his side's supporters a couple of times by nibbling on Borre in the penalty area before his poor first touch resulted in Daichi Kamada putting the ball on the Roof lifted the net. But limited Frankfurt to a few real openings. He was close to the ball for Frankfurt's equaliser, but Bassey was Rangers' standout player in Seville. Clearances, one-on-one defense, recovery tackles, blocks... he's done it all in a way that suggests he'll have more big nights like this in his career. Looked devastated to go deep into overtime with an injury. Frankfurt had limited their attacking performance in the first half to a few encouraging crosses and a shot on goal in extra time and Barisic had given some of their attackers too much space early on. Startled Rangers fans early on when his high foot drew blood from Frankfurt captain Sebastian Rode just five minutes later, but he evaded punishment. Tested Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp with a header in the first half and played his part all over the place. Put his foot in and picked up the loose balls for Rangers in midfield but had his hands on his head as he fired across from the edge of the box when he was unmarked at half-time. Substituted with 15 minutes to go and Frankfurt starting to take control. With overtime almost up, Rangers' big chance came to him, but Kent, who rushed in front of his marker, couldn't deflect Roofe's cross past goaltender Trapp. A chance that came and went in an instant - but one he must feel he has to score for. He'd been tenacious throughout the competition, offering an outlet early and hammering another good opening wide in the second half. In the first half he drew fouls skillfully and for a second it looked like he could repeat his semi-final goalscoring feat as he met with Aribo but blocked his attempt well. Substituted at the end of regulation time. A good early turn almost got Aribo in the game and repeatedly helped Rangers rise - but didn't unduly disrupt the Frankfurt defense. On the other hand, he had to do better to stop the cross to equalize. Substituted with 16 minutes of regular time remaining. It looked like he could be the surprise hero. Despite Kemar Roofe's return from injury, Aribo unexpectedly stayed on the wrong nine, pouncing on Tuta's slip and converting a goal that will go down in Rangers history books. Didn't have it easy for the rest of the game against a strong Frankfurt back line. Rangers capitalized on their experience with 15 minutes left in regulation and were right in the middle of the action, seeing a shot deflected and another flying over the bar in extra time before converting a brilliant penalty. Followed up with Davis bringing pace and direct running to the Rangers front line and looking like the ideal replacement as Frankfurt defenders were tiring. But he didn't prevail as hoped and came on for Ramsey late in extra time to take a penalty... It's fair to say that playing a false nine is uncharted territory for Arfield, but that's where he landed after Aribo in the closing stages came off. Hadn't made much of a mark after coming on in extra time until his ball over the top of Roofe to set up Kent's big chance. Struggling to be fit to play a role, he looked like he had set up a dramatic winner with his first touch as he crossed for Kent, who was denied by an incredible stop by Trapp. Also scored his penalty. Substituting players to take penalties hasn't worked well for many teams over the past year. But his contribution was three minutes of extra time and then the crucial penalty shoot-out.

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What the Rangers pundits said as heartbroken Ally McCoist confesses his hunch about a shootout missed the mark

McCoist and his colleagues were disappointed when Rangers lost on penalties against Eintracht Frankfurt. (Author: Gardener)

RangersIt just wasn't meant to be for Rangers. Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his players saw their Europa League dream crumble in a painful penalty shoot-out defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt. A 1-1 draw after 120 minutes made for a thrilling penalty shoot-out as the nervous Bundesliga side threw in five unstoppable penalties while Aaron Ramsey's shot was saved by Kevin Trapp. "It wasn't a great first half in terms of football quality, but that may be because both teams do very well without the ball. What became clear very early on is that Frankfurt are a very good team.” Scott Wright turned around defenders a couple of times and looked very positive. Rangers grew into the game as they didn't get off to a very good start in my opinion. Ryan Jack should have at least scored the goal at the end of the first half. "Allan McGregor is one of the best at penalties and my money was with him, unfortunately it just wasn't meant to be." “It was always important to keep the ball in these boiling conditions. Ryan Kent was the biggest threat to Rangers and they needed to get the ball to him more. “Rangers had to move the ball from side to side and try to work an overload. There was definite contact when Goldson clipped Borre and the equalizer came from a cross he should have read and blocked at the front post. "In the end the players were dead on their feet and penalties are always a terrible way to lose a game." They were busy in the second half as Frankfurt had the best chances of the first half which required some great saves from Allan McGregor. “Part of that was due to Rangers' own downfall due to poor decisions and that allowed Frankfurt's best players to prevail in the game. halftime. Aaron Ramsey could bring something to the game and make a positive impact and I thought he had something to offer. “It was a game where someone had to make a hero and Tavernier had a wonderful chance to win it at the end of extra time, but when it comes to penalties Rangers had one of the best. It says everything about the quality of Frankfurt's penalties that he couldn't get close to them." by Rangers in the first half. That Rangers possession didn't mean much in terms of scoring chances. “They didn't start that second half well at all and the penalty call was a huge wake-up call. In my opinion it was a penalty and Rangers came up with an opportunistic goal that no one saw coming and Aribo was cool by cornering the ball against the flow of play. "It was a poor defensive play by Goldson to equalize as he shouldn't have let the ball go over the goal. Two sets by very tired players and decided cruelly on penalties." “From the beginning you could see how the game could develop. Rangers sat in and tried to get into the break but they had no one to figure it out. Ryan Kent and Scott Wright started too deep and Joe Aribo was "I'll never fall behind. Rangers started closing players, blocking gaps, winning corners. James Tavernier's quality wasn't there, it's not like him. But then you need the fans when you have a little wobble."Rangers didn't start the second half well but the goal came at brilliant time and it was great composure from Aribo to capitalize on a defensive error but the equalizer worked Goldson didn't stop the cross from getting past the front post: "It was luck in the end and nobody let anyone down."

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