Rangers’ Euro rivals Frankfurt beaten as Real Madrid lift Super Cup
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Rangers’ Euro rivals Frankfurt beaten as Real Madrid lift Super Cup

Rangers’ Europa League Final rivals Eintracht Frankfurt have fallen to UEFA Super Cup defeat as Real Madrid lift the trophy for a record-equalling fifth time.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side played out a 2-0 victory over the Bundesliga club with goals from Austrian centre-back David Alaba and legendary French striker Karim Benzema securing the victory.

Alaba had given the Spanish giants the lead in Helsinki within eight minutes of half-time, the centre-back tapping into an empty net after Brazilian midfielder Casemiro nodded back across the box from a corner.

Karim Benzema rounded off the scoring when his first time shot seemed to go through Kevin Trapp – the Europa League Final hero against Rangers – with Real Madrid matching the previous record held by both arch-rivals Barcelona and Italian giants AC Milan.

Heading into the Super Cup, Rangers fans would’ve been thinking what might’ve been with plenty booking accommodation and flights to Helsinki for this match ahead of the Europa League Final in Seville.

It wasn’t to be for Rangers as the club succumbed to a penalty kicks defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt with Aaron Ramsey’s spot kick miss etched into the minds of every Ibrox fan.

Rangers fans dreaming of more Super Cup opportunities in the future

Rangers fans know that European Finals don’t come around too often but the support will be hoping this current crop can emulate their unbelievable run to the latter stages of continental competition this season.

Whilst a Europa League Final and subsequent UEFA Super Cup appearance may be a tad ambitious, Rangers have a growing reputation as a European force to be reckoned with, especially at Ibrox.

No-one fancies coming to the famous ground to face Rangers and the support proved once again how powerful they can be as the Gers overturned a 2-0 deficit to progress past Union Saint Gilloise to the Champions League Playoff.

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Next up for the Gers is a clash with PSV for a place in the Champions League Group Stages with it all to play for.

Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side have plenty of threats but Rangers fans have got to fancy themselves against the Dutch giants, particularly at Ibrox.

PSV have also been given the support of the Dutch authorities ahead of the two-legged clash, with some asking the question of the SPFL as a result.