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Frankfurt wins the Europa League: you have built a monument


"We are all heroes," shouted Kevin Trapp, when Eintracht Frankfurt was just a few seconds Europa League winner. About the drama of Seville and its protagonists in the stands and on the pitch.

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They did it: Eintracht Frankfurt is Europa League winner


We are heroes:

Kevin Trapp had just become a Frankfurt club legend.

Shortly before the end of extra time, the Eintracht keeper saved Rangers FC's Ryan Kent with an insane leg save (118 minutes) and three minutes later almost casually scraped a free-kick from Glasgow captain James Tavernier out of the corner.

And then, in the penalty shoot-out, it was Trapp who saved the decisive penalty against Aaron Ramsey, for whose shot the Eintracht keeper no longer followed his cheat sheet but his instincts.

On the RTL microphone, Trapp looked away from himself, towards his fellow players, towards the fans: "We are all the heroes.

Take a look at that,« pointed out the match winner in the wide circle.

“We knew it was our turn.

We couldn't have done it without them.«

The result:

1-1 after 90 minutes, 1-1 after 120 minutes and then: 5-4 on penalties against Glasgow Rangers.

Eintracht Frankfurt, eleventh in the Bundesliga, will win the Europa League in 2022 and play in the Champions League next year.

You can read the game report on an evening steeped in history here.

A game bigger than the competition:

The Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, stadium of the Europa League record winner FC Sevilla, has been the scene of big football evenings several times.

The »Thriller in Seville« 1982 went down in football annals.

But the Andalusian football temple, which Eintracht President Peter Fischer disparagingly described as the "Mickey Mouse Stadium", seemed a size and a half too small for this final: 150,000 fans from Scotland and Hesse had made their way to the final, and the arena had around 44,000 seats.

Even before the game, Rangers and Eintracht fans had literally overrun the city center, not all encounters were peaceful.

In Frankfurt, even those who stayed at home were enough to fill the Waldstadion.

Waited two or three generations:

Uefa could hardly be accused of being surprised by the great importance of the game.

The Europa League has so far led a shadowy existence behind its big brother, the Champions League.

It was the place where disappointed top clubs retreated to at least win something.

For ten years, the title went to either Spain or England - this time two beloved outsiders faced each other.

No permanent guests in the premier class, clubs that have been waiting for a European Cup since 1980 (Eintracht) or 1972 (Rangers).

The Uefa opening ceremony, with its helpless glow sticks flashing through the daylight in the stadium, paled in comparison to the choreography of the Eintracht block, whose skeletonized superfan made an impression on the stands.

Turban Legend:

It took less than five minutes until the first excitement of the game.

Rangers clearer John Lundstram had ripped his cleated shoe up to Sebastian Rode's head in the fight for the ball, and the Frankfurt captain fell to the ground, covered in blood.

Not a hard impact, more of a fine cut that should give Rode a laceration, but not a nasty head injury.

Turban on, let's go.

"I immediately had to think of Schweini, WM Zwovierteen," Rode said after the end of the game on the RTL microphone.

Frankfurt dominance:

Eintracht had previously been considered the favorites for the title, and this perceived balance of power was also reflected in chances on the pitch.

Daichi Kamada and Djibril Sow (12') tested 40-year-old Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor with a double chance, Ansgar Knauff had a good opportunity after dribbling (20').

Even more remarkable, because more surprising, was Frankfurt's superiority in the stands: the neutral spectator area was mostly in Rangers blue, but the "Bestia Blanca" in Eintracht white celebrated a smashing victory on the decibel scale.

Up until the break there was a lot to be said for a Frankfurt victory, just not the result: a goalless draw.

Tuta's tragedy:

Lucas Silva Melo, called: Tuta, had good hours behind him.

Only the day before, the Brazilian had extended his contract with Eintracht until 2026.

Of course, Tuta was allowed to start in the final.

Even a fit Martin Hinteregger would probably not have ousted the 22-year-old from Oliver Glasner's starting line-up, Tuta's season was too good.

At least until the 57th minute: then when Djibril Sow suddenly headed behind his own defense.

Tuta turned to stop Rangers forward Joe Aribo - but slipped away.

The result: the lead for the Scots, the substitution for Tuta, who was injured in the action.

Instinctive football:

Eintracht now had to deliver.

And she did: Kamada lobbed onto the goal net (67'), then Filip Kostić did what Filip Kostić does.

The Frankfurt institution brought the ball sharply into the middle on the left wing, where Rafael Borré got his foot on the ball (69th).

As in the second leg against Barcelona, ​​as in the second leg against West Ham, the Colombian showed that he had developed a real killer instinct over the course of this European campaign.

The legs got heavier, the duels got harder.

At the beginning of extra time, Borré lacked the strength to shake off Calvin Bassey, who had already slipped (95'), Kristijan Jakić's precision from distance (112').

So it depended on Trapp, again and again on Trapp, and then also on Christopher Lenz, on Ajdin Hrustić, on Kamada and the inside post, on Kostić and again on Borré.

All five converted their penalties - and at the same time all of Frankfurt (and thus half of Seville) into a sea of ​​happiness.

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-05-18

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