Rangers win on penalty shootout in final
First trophy since Cha Bum-geun
3rd undefeated win in history
Frankfurt, of the German professional football Bundesliga, succeeded in winning the title after 42 years.
In the final of the 2021-22 UEFA Europa League (UEL) held at Ramon Sanchez Pisjuan Stadium in Seville, Spain on the 19th (Korean time), Frankfurt drew 1-1 with Rangers (Scotland) in penalty shoot-out after overtime. won 5-4.
As a result, Frankfurt returned to the top of the tournament for the first time in 42 years after winning the UEFA Cup, which was the name before the 1979-80 season, when former national football team manager Cha Bum-geun played. Frankfurt also ran undefeated (7 wins, 6 draws) from the group stage to the final, leaving a record of their third undefeated win in history, following Chelsea (England) in the 2018-19 season and Villarreal (Spain) in the 2020-21 season. On the other hand, the Rangers, who tried to win the European Championship for the first time in 50 years after winning the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972, swallowed Bounru as the goalkeeper’s shot from the fourth kicker caught the goalkeeper.
In the first half, both teams were in a good mood, 0-0. Rangers took the lead with 58 to 42 in possession of the ball, and in the number of shots, Frankfurt took the lead with 11 (3 effective shots) to 3 (1 effective shooting). It was the Rangers who took the lead. In the 12th minute of the second half, when Frankfurt’s defense showed a gap, Joe Aribo intercepted the ball and rushed in and shook the net with his left foot.
However, Frankfurt also balanced a low cross from Philippe Kostich in the 24th minute, when Rafael Borret pushed in. After 90 minutes, the game went to extra time, but the 1-1 balance was not broken and the game was finally decided in a penalty shootout.
Aaron Ramsey, the fourth kicker from the Rangers, came out after three kickers from each team scored a goal, but the ball honestly flew into the center and fell into the hands of Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. put an end to the game that lasted more than 120 minutes. Arsenal veteran midfielder Ramsey, who entered the game three minutes before the start for a penalty shootout, covered his face and shed tears throughout the awards ceremony.
Byung-gyu Choi, staff reporter