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SEVILLE, Spain: Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Rangers 5-4 on penalties on Wednesday to win the Europa League after the final in Seville ended 1-1 at the end of extra time.

Aaron Ramsey missed out on penalties for Rangers after being substituted on in extra time with just three minutes left before Rafael Borre’s decisive shot completed Frankfurt’s remarkable triumph.

Borre was the hero of the evening, having already canceled Joe Aribo’s opener for Rangers as Frankfurt lifted their first European trophy since 1980 and secured their place in next season’s Champions League.

“We are all heroes. We wouldn’t have made it without the fans,” said Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

Both clubs were aiming to win their second European title in their history, Rangers after winning the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972 and Frankfurt after lifting the UEFA Cup 42 years ago.

But Rangers narrowly missed at the end of an incredible run to the finals. Just 10 years ago this week, Rangers fell into administration before being liquidated and relegated to Scotland’s bottom division.

Frankfurt had already beaten Real Betis, Barcelona and West Ham en route to the final and they were probably the deserved winners, overshadowing a compelling competition that always seemed to lack real technical quality.

With a capacity of just under 43,000, Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan would never be big enough to accommodate all the traveling fans, with Rangers bringing an estimated 100,000 with them, while around 60,000 followed from Frankfurt to Spain.

The vast majority enjoyed the day in good spirits, but safety concerns were not unfounded as skirmishes broke out downtown during the day on Wednesday, while five German fans were arrested late Tuesday night after police said 200 Frankfurt fans staged an attack on Rangers started supporters.

It was a scruffy opening 15 minutes when Joe Aribo almost got away after a neat pirouette from Scott Wright before John Lundstram scraped his cleats over the head of Sebastian Rode and left the Frankfurt captain with a bloodied shirt that needed changing and a Head left that had to be strapped.

The German team gradually took control, quicker on the ball and more adept at passing, choking the Rangers, who were reduced to speculative forward thrusts to try and escape the press.

Frankfurt’s Ansgar Knauff came close, the penalty area opening up at the end of a winding forward run for the winger, only for Allan McGregor to fall wide.

Rangers had their moments and improved before the break when Lundstram’s header had to be pushed over and Ryan Jack ran too high.

Frankfurt seemed rejuvenated for the start of the second half but it was Rangers who took the lead just before an hour, capitalizing on two horrible Frankfurt mistakes that reinforced each other.

First, Djibril Sow misjudged a header in midfield, sending it behind his own defense for the lively Aribo to pin it down, and then, with Frankfurt’s Tutu chasing, he slipped and gifted the Rangers forward a free run that calmly followed pushed home.

Lindstrom could have equalized almost immediately, but his shot was blocked and then Daichi Kamada landed on the roof of the net when Rangers failed to clear.

The pressure mounted and it showed in the 69th minute when Filip Kostic got too much space to cross and then in the middle Connor Goldson and Calvin Bassey both hesitated to clear. Borre pushed between them and pushed inside.

Opportunities were few in the final minutes but the fight was drawn out in overtime when Borre almost capitalized on a stumble from Bassey.

Rangers were the better team in the second period and their golden chance came in the 118th minute when a sprinting Ryan Kent got to the back post but keeper Trapp somehow found it from five yards out.

There were penalties and the Rangers fans roared when the coin toss ended the shootout. James Tavernier, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield scored for Rangers, as did Frankfurt’s Christopher Lenz, Ajdin Hrustic and Kamada, whose shot hit the post.

But Ramsey shot too directly, hitting Trapp’s left foot and after Kostic and Kemar Roofe converted, it was Borre’s turn to finish it off. He made no mistake.

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