German keeper Kevin Trapp showed his quality to be the difference maker as Frankfurt lifted the Europa League at the expense of Rangers.
The German international stopper, 31, showed exactly why he has turned out for his national team and the likes of PSG with two game-changing moments in the Bundesliga side’s victory.
First the keeper saved at point blank range after Ryan Kent looked certain to score – a wonder save where the keeper stuck out a boot as a reflex and somehow stopped the goal-bound shot from just yards out.
Replays suggest there’s a small chance the ball could’ve been out of play before Kemar Roofe crossed the ball, but with this inconclusive, it was a moment that forced the game to penalty kicks.
Rangers would then be undone by one miss in a lethal penalty shoot-out, both sides showing up to fire home a series of top class spot kicks.
However, Aaron Ramsey’s tame effort was the exception and as he tried to fire it down the middle Kevin Trapp, who dived to his right, stretched out a leg to prevent it going in.
Rafael Santos Borre would then emphatically net the final kick and send the German support wild and break Rangers hearts.
Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp shows quality to down Rangers
In a tight match it was always going to take a moment of quality to win it and Kevin Trapp deserves huge credit for his contribution on the night for Eintracht Frankfurt.
A top quality goalkeeper, there’s a reason why PSG paid £8.5m to sign the stopper in 2015 and Rangers fans got a glimpse as to why last night.
As the dust settles on the Europa League Final, the Rangers team will know that they done themselves and the support down by reaching this stage of the competition.
It has been a monumental run to the competition’s showpiece and to come within one kick of immortality remains a massive achievement.
Rangers fans continue to earn plaudits for their exemplary performance in the city of Seville and the trip will live long in the memory.