SEVILLE: Eintracht Frankfurt recovered from behind to force the Europa League final to penalties, then went on to defeat Rangers in the shootout following a flawless performance.
After 120 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, nothing could separate the two squads. The first 90 minutes finished in a 1-1 tie, while extra-time saw no further goals. Aaron Ramsey was the only player out of ten who failed to score in the shootout.
Frankfurt looked the more comfortable of the two teams for the whole of the first half, though the Scots did improve towards the interval.
Ansgar Knauff's shot was pushed wide by Allan McGregor for Eintracht's finest chance of the half. Rangers, on the other hand, had a couple of chances, with Joe Aribo curling narrowly wide and John Lundstram's shot going over the crossbar.
Rangers took the lead just before the hour mark. Tuta tripped over his own feet in a run with Aribo, allowing the attacker in on goal, and he did nothing wrong in slotting home.
The Germans reacted quickly and were soon in command. Rafael Borre converted from close range after Rangers failed to clear a cross into their six-yard box only 12 minutes after they had gone down.
In the extra 30 minutes, replacement Ryan Kent had the finest chance, but Kevin Trapp made an incredible stop from inside three yards to deny him. He also saved a last-second freekick from James Tavernier.