Eintracht Frankfurt finally won the Europa League 2022 whereas Nottingham Forest and Hamburg are only one step away to the promotion to the top tier.
The Bundesliga side, Frankfurt, finally triumphed in Europa League final 2022 after beating Glasgow Rangers 5-4 on penalties after mustering a 1-1 draw in a tight and intense tie for 120 minutes. Neither side was dominant but it was the Scottish side first who netted an opener through a midfielder-turned-frontman, Joe Aribo. The Nigerian international passed the ball into the back of the net on 57th minute. Luckily, Oliver Glasner’s men equalised 13 minutes later through Rafael Borre. The Colombian forward tucked away the ball taking advantage of the crossing from none but the Serbian winger, Filip Kostic. The game inevitably went to a shootout and all managed to execute the penalty but Gers’ new signing, Aaron Ramsey. It was a deserved victory for Filip Kostic and Co. It is also in fact, their second European silverware since 1980. At that time, Frankfurt defeated Gladbach in UEFA Cup final from away goal rule since the final was still staged in two legs.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Glasgow Rangers 1-1 (5-4)
Goals: Rafael Borre (69); Joe Aribo (57)
Frankfurt: Kevin Trapp – Evan Ndicka (Christopher Lenz 100), Makoto Hasebe (Tuta 58), Toure - Sebastian Rode (Kristian Jakic 90), Djibril Sow (Ajdin Hrustic 106), Filip Kostic, Ansgar Knauff – Jesper Lindstorm (Jens Petter Hauge 71), Daichi Kamada, Rafael Borre
Glasgow Rangers: Alan McGregor – Bassey, John Lundstram, Goldson, Borna Barisic (Kemar Roofe 117), James Tavernier – Ryan Kent, Glen Kamara (Scott Arfield 91), Ryan Jack (Steven Davies 74), Scott Wrght (Fashion Sakala 74 (Aaron Ramsey 118)) – Joe Aribo (James Sands 101)
Meanwhile, another German old giant, Hamburg SV is only one step away for their long-awaited return to the top flight. They picked up a narrow win over Hertha Berlin in a relegation/promotion playoff. Ludovit Reis bagged the winning goal on the road. Should they hold on and seal their return, then their success could be at the expense of their former star, Felix Magath. Their striker who scored a single winning goal in 1983 Champions League final against Juventus is in charge of their opposition. His brief stint at the capital might even come to an end if he could inspire Hertha to make a comeback on Monday.
Surprisingly, Hamburg’s opposition in UCL final 1980, Nottingham Forest, is also on their way for their return after waiting for more than two decades. Steve Cooper’s men sealed one place in the Championship playoff after thumping Sheffield United on penalties. The Tricky Trees are bound to face off Huddersfield in the Wembley final on May 29. Steve Cooper who led England to win their first World Cup U-17 in 2017 would make his debut in EPL and be up against his former star while lifting the trophy back in India five years ago, Phil Foden, next season.