Eintracht Frankfurt will have had to wait until late at night to put Europe at their feet.
The German club won the second C3 in its history in Seville on Wednesday by beating Glasgow Rangers 1-1, 5-4 on penalties in the final, thanks to its hero Kevin Trapp, imperial.
Author of two decisive saves at the end of extra time, first in front of Ryan Kent (118th) then on a free kick from James Tavernier (120th + 2), Trapp stopped the attempt of Welsh veteran Aaron Ramsey during the penalty shootout at the goal to consecrate his team.
Glasgow open the scoring
Rafael Borré, who already scored the equalizer for the "Eagles" in the 69th minute after Joe Aribo's opener (57th), sealed the victory for his team with a final converted shot on goal, to conclude a session perfect.
But it is indeed the former PSG goalkeeper who became the hero of the evening during the penalty shootout, to offer the trophy to Frankfurt, which thus succeeds Villarreal, crowned last year, in the winners of the Europa League.
A historic achievement for Eintracht, which notably defeated FC Barcelona and West Ham to reach the final, and end its odyssey crowned with laurels at the Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.
Because since the UEFA Cup gleaned in 1980, the “Eagles” had never known a continental coronation.
Oliver Glasner also became the first Austrian manager to lift a European trophy since legendary Ernst Happel in 1983.
For the Scots, on the other hand, the disillusion is immense: the "Gers" have also been waiting for fifty years to regain European glory, since their European Cup Winners' Cup in 1972. Small consolation: captain James Tavernier will be everything likewise the first defender in history to finish top scorer in the Europa League, with 7 goals.
Blood at the 5th minute
If the match was hung until the end, it could have degenerated from the start: from the 5th minute, John Lundstram played a ball a little too high, and his crampons touched the front of the captain's skull. 'Eintracht Sebastian Rode, who lay down on the lawn immediately bringing his hands to his bleeding wound.
Long cared for by trainers, he will return to the lawn with a blue and white bandage around his head, after changing his blood-soaked jersey.
Apart from this incident, no notable fact in the first period.
The two teams battled it out for possession, with a lot of technical waste.
We will have to wait half an hour to see the first Scottish attempt: a ball rolled up from the left by Joe Aribo which will not catch the frame but which forced Trapp to extend with his whole body, just before a cool break essential.
Because the thermometer exceeded 40 degrees in Seville during the day on Wednesday.
And the 44,000 supporters present at the stadium were able to keep the heat in the stands until the end of the match, with chants, drums and tifos.
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