Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers: Decades of despair will end for one said and go on for the other in the Europa League final on Wednesday (live, 3 pm ET).
It’s been a dream run for both sides to the final in Seville, Spain, as Eintracht Frankfurt will try to win its first European trophy in more than 40 years and Rangers try to snap a 50-year drought. A tortured history isn’t all the two sides have in common, with both sides well represented as nearly 150,000 fans are expected to descend upon southern Spain. The seating capacity at Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan is 42,700.
The winner will automatically qualify for the group stage of next season’s Champions League, with neither side doing so through their final league position. Eintracht Frankfurt finished 11th in the Bundesliga, while Rangers came second and relinquished the Scottish Premiership title back to Glasgow rivals Celtic.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Europa League final this Wednesday with team news, odds, stream link and more.
Europa League final live score, updates
Score: Eintracht Frankfurt 1, Rangers 1 (ET)
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81st minute: It’s not quite an onslaught but you really do feel Rangers would’ve taken “extra time and let’s see what happens” before the game and they’d almost certainly take it now. The Glaswegians have been gritty but Eintracht is looking far more likely to get the third goal of the game.
69th minute: GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! You can’t say it wasn’t coming. Filip Kostic’s cross is between Rangers’ two center backs and Rafa Borre has stuck his leg in first to make it 1-1.
Rafael Santos Borre gets on the end of the Kostic cross and levels the match for Frankfurt.
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) May 18, 2022
67th minute: CLOSE! Kamada pops the ball over the keeper from in-close but it drifts just over the bar to thwart his plans of equalizing in Seville.
60th minute: Penalty shout! It’s all going off now as Eintracht has a shot take a turn off Calvin Bassey’s tucked-in arm, the ball trickling wide of the post. No call and Rangers young lead gets a little older.
57th minute: GOOOOOAAALLLLL!!! Out of nothing, Giovanni von Bronckhorst’s men are ahead. A backwards header from Eintracht sets Aribo into a foot race and Tuta falls down to give the Nigerian a chance to roll the ball past keeper Kevin Trapp.
JOSEPH OLUWASEYI TEMITOPE AYODELE-ARIBO!!! 🔵 pic.twitter.com/WapIkHvuqu
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) May 18, 2022
Shot attempts: Eintracht Frankfurt 11, Rangers 3
Shots on goal: Eintracht Frankfurt 3, Rangers 1
Possession: Eintracht Frankfurt 45, Rangers 55
45th minute: Oh, what a chance! Rangers’ Ryan Jack has an exceptional chance to give the Glaswegians a halftime lead but he’s airmailed it over the goal. At the other end, a Borre cross for Kamada is a half-foot too high and the lunging Japanese playmaker can only push it wide.
41st minute: Things haven’t slowed in intensity but there’s some caution in both sides now, perhaps trying to get to the dressing room with the score line level.
25th minute: Aribo curls a left-footed shot just wide of the bar from outside of the box, and the whistle goes for a cooling break. Still scoreless and Eintracht on the front foot but Rangers looking a bit better as the match goes on.
12th minute: Lundstram’s still in the game and now his missed header is a chance for Daichi Kamada, who weaves his way through the box to trouble Rangers keeper Allan McGregor, who gets the ball.
7th minute: We’ve got a long delay as Eintracht captain Sebastian Rode needs treatment after catching a glancing stud to the forehead from former Sheffield United man John Lundstram. No card shown somehow and, oddly enough, the white-clad Rode gets his head covered in Rangers blue.
3:04pm ET: This is some atmosphere, as Seville has dueling seas of white and blue shirts. Joe Aribo has the match’s first moment of promise but the Nigerian international is stymied by Eintracht.
How to watch Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers live – Europa League final, stream link and start time
Kickoff: 3 pm ET, Wednesday
TV: CBS Sports Network
Europa League final betting odds
Eintracht Frankfurt (+130) | Rangers (+210) | Draw (+230)
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Eintracht Frankfurt team news, injuries, lineup
OUT: Martin Hinteregger (hamstring), Jan Schroder (undisclosed), Diant Ramaj (knee)
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— Eintracht Frankfurt (@eintracht_eng) May 18, 2022
Rangers team news, injuries, lineup
OUT: Alfredo Morelos (thigh), Ianis Hagi (knee), Filip Helander (foot), Nnamdi Ofoborh (heart)
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 18, 2022