Rangers fans devastated after Europa League Final loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties in Seville

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Rangers fans are distraught after their team was eliminated from the Europa League final on penalties by Eintracht Frankfurt.

Rangers fans devastated after Europa Final loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties in Seville

After a 1-1 tie in extra time, the Germans defeated Rangers 5-4 in a shootout in Seville.

In front of tens of thousands of supporters, late substitute Aaron Ramsay missed one of Rangers’ five spot-kicks of the game.

They had earlier celebrated when Joe Aribo put Rangers ahead 1-0 in the 57th minute.

The goal was wiped out 12 minutes later when Rafael Borre of Eintracht Frankfurt equalized.

Up to 100,000 Glasgow supporters and 50,000 Frankfurt supporters traveled to the Spanish city for the match.

The majority of them did not have a ticket for the game at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, which holds 42,700 people.

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Rangers fans, on the other hand, were permitted to watch the game on giant screens in a second stadium in the city’s north end.

After the game, fans told BBC Scotland that they were upset with the defeat but proud of their team’s performance.

Rangers fans devastated after Europa Final loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties in Seville

Hundreds of Rangers fans left the Louden Tavern near Ibrox in Glasgow upset after Frankfurt won the spot shootout.

The tavern was packed, with some fans waiting outside from the beginning of the matchday.

When Rangers went up 1-0, the stadium erupted in applause, but it fell silent when Frankfurt equalized.

Scenes of delight after going forward

Throughout the evening, a dozen police officers stood outside the Louden Tavern, but there was no severe violence.

As they left, fans spoke to BBC Scotland about how pleased they were of the team and their journey in the Europa League.

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Despite the setback – and the weather – the mood in the city center remained upbeat.

They’ve done us proud

Following the event, one fan stated: “They performed admirably for us. What matters is that we did exceptionally well. You can’t expect anything more than what they provided.

“You will be defeated in life. It would be the next game if this game did not happen.

“The atmosphere in Glasgow right now is terrible, but I had a great night.”

Rangers fans devastated after Europa Final loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties in Seville

Chris Strong, another enthusiast from Stirling, said: “Take a look at the backers. It’s been a whirlwind. What would you be doing if you weren’t here?

“It will take time. It took us fourteen years.”

Following the match, small groups of fans gathered in George Square and remained upbeat.

In preparation for the expected influx of supporters, statues in the area had been barricaded and memorial seats had been packed away.

Throughout the evening, police monitored the area on a frequent basis.

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Former Rangers captain John Greig, who led the team to victory in the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final in Barcelona in 1972, asked fans to be “ambassadors” for the club and display the “very best” of the club in Seville.

He added: “Many of us thought seeing Rangers in a European final would never happen again, and I’ve been blown away by the amazing lengths you’re going to to get to Seville to support the squad.

“We must all act appropriately and remember the principles that this institution represents.”

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