6 things we learned in Frankfurt Europa win as Aribo set new landmark

6 things we learned in Frankfurt Europa win as Aribo set new landmark

It was a historic thursday night for Bundesliga side – Frankfurt as they defeated Rangers 5-4 on penalties to win their first European trophy (Europa League) in 42 years.6 things we learned in Frankfurt Europa win as Aribo set new landmark

Both teams were locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, with nothing separating them even after extra time, but the Eagles won on penalties after Trapp saved former Arsenal star – Aaron Ramsey’s spot kick in Seville to seal a 5-4 shoot-out victory.

Here are six things we learned from Frankfurt Europa League win vs Rangers

  • Rangers vs. Frankfurt was the first time in competition history that two consecutive UEFA Cup/Europa League finals were decided on penalties (Villarreal beating Man Utd 11-10 on penalties last season).
  • After winning the competition, Eintracht Frankfurt became the first German Bundesliga team since Schalke in 1996-97 to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt is also the third club to begin the season in the Europa League group stage and win the trophy without losing a single game. Only Villarreal in 2020-21 and Chelsea in 2018-19 had done so previously.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt also scored in all 13 UEFA Europa League games this season.
  • Frankfurt are only the second team, after Chelsea in 2018-19, to have scored in every game from the group stages to the final since the competition’s rebranding in 2009.
  • Oliver Glasner, the manager of Eintracht Frankfurt, became the first Austrian coach to win a major European competition since Ernst Happel led Hamburger SV to the European Cup in 1983.

According to Optajoe

Meanwhile, Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo has established a new benchmark in the competition.

The 25-year-old broke the deadlock for the Scottish side in the 57th minute, scoring his first goal in the Europa League this season to put Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men ahead.

After Djibril Sow headed the ball back to his own goal, the Ranger man cruised past the defender, kept his cool under pressure, and slotted his left-footed strike past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

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Joe Aribo became only the second Nigerian to grab a goal in a major European competition final, following Alex Iwobi in the 2019 UEFA Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea, where the Gunners bowed 4-1 to the Blues at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.

Aribo was replaced by James Sands after 101 minutes, while his compatriot Calvin Bassey played 120 minutes.

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