Rangers Vs Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League Final
In the most anticipated European football final in a decade‚ Rangers face Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville. Fans have descended on Spain's south coast in thousands. A record over 150‚000 fans have flocked to Seville‚ with over half of them travelling from Scotland. But what can they expect? After all‚ Rangers have never won the competition before‚ and Frankfurt are unbeaten this season.
Rangers are aiming to become the first Scottish club to win the Europa League
For the past few seasons‚ Rangers have been battling with top-class opposition in Europe‚ including Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig. In the knockout stages‚ the team has come from behind to beat both teams‚ but it is Rangers' aim to make history and become the first Scottish club to lift the Europa League trophy. Celtic last won the competition in 1967‚ while Dundee United won it in 1986-87. If they manage to do this‚ they will have become the first Scottish club to win a European trophy since 1983. Eintracht Frankfurt‚ of Germany‚ will be the opposition in the final. The Bundesliga side has won two finals against Rangers‚ with the former claiming the trophy in 1980. Both teams have reached the final of the Europa League twice before‚ but Frankfurt has won two times this season‚ while Rangers have won one but lost the other three. They'll play in Seville on Tuesday. After winning the Scottish Premiership‚ Rangers were tipped to make history. However‚ they ended up crashing out of the competition following the defeat to Progres Niederkorn in the semi-finals. In the aftermath of this defeat‚ the club's former manager Caixinha was fired and pictured clashing with angry supporters outside the Stade Josy Barthel.
Eintracht Frankfurt are unbeaten this season
In their UEFA Europa League group stage campaign‚ Eintracht have so far gone unbeaten. In six matches‚ the German club have beaten Real Betis‚ Fenerbahce and Olympiakos. They are now in the knockout stage of the competition and have an unbeaten record against these teams. The first leg of their semi-final against Real Betis was a 1-0 win for Eintracht. Last season‚ the team was a long way from the top flight and were one of the favourites to be relegated‚ but they were able to attract some big-name talent. Former Croatian Niko Kovac was appointed to take the club forward after a tough period. The club went on to win the Europa League and reached the semi-finals. This was their first Europa League final
since 1980 and a place in the final was a realistic prospect. The second leg was a much better affair for the German side‚ with the club recording three goals. Frankfurt had seven shots on goal‚ and Djibril Sow scored two goals and assisted Rafael Santos Borre's 25-yard strike. The team's best provider in the Europa League this term‚ Kostic also boasts the most goals in the Bundesliga this season and is the leading player in the club's total goal involvement across all competitions.
James Tavernier is the competition's outright top scorer
Rangers' James Tavernier is the outright top scorer of this season's Europa League after netting on his first match in the semi-final second leg against RB Leipzig. Tavernier is the only member of the top three who is still in the competition. He has scored seven goals in all competitions‚ including three in the knockout rounds. He is only the third Scottish player to achieve such feats. The UEFA Europa League's top scorers are listed according to their total goals and assists. Rangers are currently at the top of the table‚ and Tavernier is only a win away from claiming a greater triumph. The list shows goals‚ assists‚ shots on target‚ and total time on the pitch. Among the all-time top scorers is Henrik Larsson of Ajax. The former Liverpool player is closing in on the Golden Boot after scoring eight goals in the first leg. The Scotland international also won the Players' Player of the Year award and led Rangers' unlikely charge to Europa League glory. His three goals against RB Leipzig in the semi-finals were his most memorable for a Rangers player. Tavernier has scored 15 goals in Europe since 2015.
Lundstram's rash challenge
If John Lundstram's rash challenge had not been reviewed by video assistant referee‚ he would have been shown a red card in the Europa League final
between Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt. Sebastian Rode went down bleeding after contact with John Lundstram's high boot. The match was eventually halted while Rode received a head bandage and a replacement kit. Lundstram‚ however‚ escaped a booking and Rode was allowed to continue playing. Despite this‚ there are many reasons why Rangers will be disappointed by their elimination. Rangers have never won a European cup and are now in their first final since 2008. The Light Blues were favourites to win this competition but were denied by RB Leipzig. The raucous Ibrox crowd would have hoped they would reach the final‚ but they failed to take their chances against Rangers. A rash challenge from Lundstram on Ianis Hagi in the first leg of the Europa League final
was harsh. The German defender's high challenge on the Scottish midfielder was a case of excessive force and is a major cause for complaint by Rangers fans. Lundstram's rash challenge was a crucial part of the Rangers' Europa League run‚ and his rash tackle is unlikely to be forgiven by fans.
Rode's rash challenge
Sebastian Rode could have been sent off for his rash challenge in the Europa League final
against Rangers after the match was stopped due to a video review. The German international went down bloodied following contact with a high boot from John Lundstram. Rode received a head bandage and a new kit before the game was resumed. The referee ruled that the challenge was not a red card and that Rode could not be booked. The UEFA Cup final will feature two teams that have not lost in the competition this season. Eintracht Frankfurt are unbeaten in the competition this season and could be the first German team to win the Europa League. In the past‚ teams have reached the final without losing - Villarreal won it without a defeat in 2020-21. In the last three years‚ Eintracht has reached the final unbeaten‚ while RB Leipzig and Benfica have been beaten but remain undefeated. Despite their unbeaten record‚ Frankfurt are mediocre and needed to appoint a new manager before the season began. Rangers‚ on the other hand‚ have adapted their style to the European game‚ and their best players are James Tavernier and Filip Kostic. This is an exciting final‚ and a winner will be crowned this weekend.
Lundstram's rash challenge on Lundstram
Sebastian Rode received a head injury in the Europa League final
against Rangers when he was tackled by John Lundstram. The German international's high boot struck his head‚ causing him to go down bloodied. He was replaced with a new kit when play paused to assess the damage. However‚ the incident did not stop Lundstram from getting away with it. The midfielder was adamant that he was not guilty of the challenge. Referee Mark Halsey‚ who refereed the match‚ said Lundstram was lucky to stay on the pitch after his rash challenge on Rode. A different referee would have seen the situation very differently‚ so the incident was fortunate not to result in a yellow card for Lundstram. However‚ Rode's head was badly bruised and he was lucky to not have suffered a serious injury. Leipzig looked more likely to progress to the Europa League final‚ but the Rangers team have been able to play with sometimes incredible resilience. After an excellent first half‚ they looked to have a chance to win the Europa League for a second time this season. Rangers had been on the ropes against Leipzig‚ but the late winner was enough to send them to their first European final since 2008.
Rode's rash challenge on Lundstram
In the first half of the Europa League final‚ John Lundstram's rash challenge on Sebastian Rode may have resulted in a yellow card for the Rangers midfielder. The Swedish defender went down with bloody head wounds after coming into contact with John Lundstram's high boot. After the match was paused‚ Rode was given a new kit‚ which was not a good sign. In addition to the bloody challenge‚ the player got away with it as VAR failed to show him a card. Rangers' lead was shortlived as the Germans stretched the field to create space for Borre‚ while Rangers closed them down well. In one moment‚ however‚ the Germans' defence failed to handle the cross and Rode was clipped by a metal spike underneath his high boot. As a result‚ a medical staff is now requesting a replacement jersey. After a shaky start to the second leg‚ the home side was on the attack and the result was a comfortable win for the Scottish side. Rangers had fallen behind 1-0 in the first leg but came back with a late winner thanks to a late goal from John Lundstram. The game was a classic‚ with Rangers securing their second European trophy in fifty years‚ after the 1972 Winners' Cup.