Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Rangers FC after a penalty shootout to win the Europa League.
Kevin Trapp saved Aaron Ramsey’s spot-kick while Frankfurt converted all five to win 5-4 at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to claim their first Europen Trophy in 42 years.
There was a sizzling atmosphere inside the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium with Rangers and Eintracht supporters having piled into southern Spain’s largest city over the past few days.
Roared on by their raucous fans, Eintracht started aggressively, giving Rangers an early scare.
Daichi Kamada weaved his way deep into the penalty area but was foiled by Rangers’ Allan McGregor who got down and was able to recover to deal with Djibril Sow’s effort from the loose ball.
McGregor was soon back in action, doing well to tip an Ansgar Knauff effort wide as the Germans enjoyed the better of the early exchanges.
Rangers started brightly after the break and could have gone ahead only for Ryan Kent to slice his shot wide at the back post.
But the side from Glasgow eventually found a way in the 57th minute.
Brazilian defender Tuta slipped as he tried to reach a poor header back from Sow, leaving Joe Aribo to go through and confidently slip the ball past Trapp.
This prompted a swift response from the Germans.
After going close multiple times they found a lever when the Kostic was allowed to fire in a low cross from the left and Colombian Rafael Borre reacted quickest, sneaking in front of Calvin Bassey to steer the ball home.
Neither side could find the winner as the game went to extra time.
It was Rangers who went closest to winning the contest in the final minutes when Kemar Roofe flashed a ball across the box to Kent whose low shot was superbly blocked by Trapp.
The keeper was alert again to keep out a free-kick from Tavernier to ensure the final went to penalties, where the quality of the spot-kicks was outstanding.
Aaron Ramsey was the only player to miss with Trapp saving his shot after the first six penalties had all found the net.
It came down to Borre to settle the contest and the Colombian, like all his teammates, kept his cool to set off the celebrations for the thousands of Germans in the stadium
The Germans after going unbeaten in the competition won their first European title since 1980.
Eintracht Frankfurt by winning the Europa League become the first Bundesliga team to win this particular competition or its predecessor the UEFA Cup, since 1997, when Schalke beat Inter Milan on penalties.
The result means Eintracht Frankfurt will return to the Champions League for the first time since 1960.