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Europa League Cup: Joe Aribo strike in vain as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Rangers on penalties



Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain – May 18, 2022 Rangers’ James Tavernier, James Sands, Ryan Kent, Kemar Roofe and John Lundstram react during the penalty shoot-out REUTERS/Susana Vera

Eintracht has become the first German team to win the Uefa Cup/Europa League since Schalke in 1996-97. On Wednesday night, they defeated a Nigerian loaded Glasgow Rangers 5-4 on penalties after the final in Seville finished 1-1 at the end of extra time.

Nigeria’s Joe Aribo had put the Rangers ahead before the Germans equalised in a game that went beyond the extra time into penalty shoot out. And so, the Nigerian trio of Joe Aribo, Calvin Bassey and Leon Balogun missed out in the European silverware.

Aaron Ramsey missed for Rangers in the shoot-out after coming on as a substitute with only three minutes left of extra-time, before Rafael Borre struck the winning shot to complete Frankfurt’s remarkable triumph.

Borre was the hero of the night, after already cancelling out Joe Aribo’s opener for Rangers as Frankfurt won their first European trophy since 1980 and booked their place in next season’s Champions League.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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