Kevin Trapp denies Rangers with ‘one of the best saves ever seen’
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Eintracht Frankfurt's won their first European title in 42 years on Wednesday night after beating Rangers on penalties, but they were saved in extra time by Kevin Trapp.
The former Paris Saint-Germain man became a hero after an astonishing save in the final minutes of extra time to deny Ryan Kent a late winner. Kemar Roofe's cross deflected into the path of Kent who was in the perfect position to score from close range, but the 31-year-old spread himself in front of goal, and outstretched his right leg to block Kent's effort.
Fans instantly took to social media to praise Trapp's effort, with one claiming it was the best save they'd ever witnessed. Trapp would go on to repeat his goalkeeping heroics in the penalty shoot-out, saving from Aaron Ramsey to secure the Europa League for the German side.
One flabberghasted fan wrote: "I thought Kent scored there. Unreal save, fair play Trapp," while a second added: "That save by Trapp is one of the best I've seen."
A third then continued: "Kevin Trapp with one of the best save of the season," and another said: "This save was what won Frankfurt the trophy."
Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men had taken the advantage shortly before the hour mark before Rafael Borre struck the equaliser with 20 minutes from time.
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Following their missed opportunities to regain the lead to avoid the penalty shoot-out, the Rangers boss said: "With penalties it's a lottery – tonight we weren't on the good side. I can't complain with everything my players gave today.
"If you play a lot of big finals you will have memories that last for ever when you win them, but when you lose it will hurt a lot. I lost a World Cup final. It's not going to be easy to get them ready because we are hurt and disappointed."
The Gers will have another chance to win silverware this weekend in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts at Hampden Park.
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