The note trick by Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp
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Eintracht Frankfurt wins the Europa League after a dramatic final against Glasgow Rangers. Kevin Trapp becomes a hero in the penalty shootout. The goalkeeper uses a trick like Jens Lehmann did at the 2006 World Cup.
Kevin Trapp walked slowly towards the penalty area. The Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper was focused. His eyes went blank. The 31-year-old was preparing for the all-important penalty shoot-out in the Europa League final. After 120 minutes it was 1-1 against Glasgow Rangers and the final was reaching its dramatic climax.
With the better end for Eintracht, who won the penalty shoot-out 5-4, won the Europa League and won the first European Cup for Eintracht since 1980. Also thanks to Trapp, who became a hero in the penalty shootout.
The national goalkeeper held an orange drinking bottle in his hand on his way into the goal. She should play a crucial role in the coming minutes. At the 2006 World Cup in the quarterfinals against Argentina, Jens Lehmann had his famous cheat sheet in his neck, Trapp had it on his bottle. Because there was a note with the potential Rangers shooters and their favorite corners.
At first he didn’t help Trapp. The first three Rangers shooters converted their penalties safely. But then Aaron Ramsey came on as a late substitute. The Welshman started slowly and opted to fire the ball up the middle. Trapp was there with his left foot and defused the shot. Filip Kostic then scored, Eintracht was ahead. Raffael Borré, who had equalized in the second half, converted the decisive penalty after Kemar Roofe’s successful attempt. Madness broke out in the stadium in Seville.
“We knew that Trapp would hold you”
“We are all heroes. Look at that, look at the fans too. It’s crazy,” said Trapp. The goalkeeper wasn’t just one of the Eintracht heroes of the evening because of the saved penalty. Trapp kept Frankfurt in the game in the last minute of extra time when he thwarted a 100% Rangers chance.
Kent emerged free trap and could have shot Glasgow to the title from three yards out. But Trapp saved Eintracht with a world-class save and then continued on penalties where he left off in extra time. “I almost had a heart attack on penalties. We knew that Trapp would hold you,” said Frankfurt winger Ansgar Knauff.