Rangers make Europa League final as West Ham and Leicester suffer semi-final heartbreak

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Rangers secured their place in the Europa League final where they will meet Eintracht Frankfurt in Sevilla, as West Ham suffered agony in Germany. Leicester are also out of the UEFA Conference League after being beaten by Roma, who will face Feyenoord in the final…

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 West Ham (3-1)

There will be no Europa League final for West Ham, whose semi-final clash with Eintracht Frankfurt, unfortunately, proved a step too far for the defiant 10-man Hammers, who were beaten 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.

There was a familiar feeling for West Ham inside 20 minutes when Aaron Cresswell was sent off for hauling down Jens Petter Hauge.

The left-back was of course shown red in the quarter-final first-leg against Lyon following a similar incident involving Moussa Dembele.

It meant West Ham had a mountain to climb and their task got even harder when Eintracht’s Colombian frontman Rafael Santos Borre rifled home the only goal of the game.

Rangers 3-1 RB Leipzig (3-2)

Rangers are Europa League finalists after digging out a stunning 3-1 win over RB Leipzig at Ibrox on one of their greatest ever European nights.

The ‘Gers were off to the best possible start when captain James Tavernier arrived at the back post to tap home Ryan Kent’s low drive across the face of goal.

Incredibly, it was Tavernier’s 7th goal in the Europa League this season – all in the knockout stages – making him the competition’s top scorer.

It would get even better for the hosts though when Glen Kamara steered the ball home brilliantly into the bottom-left corner to double Rangers’ lead on the night.

The man of the moment Christopher Nkunku would draw Leipzig level though with a stunning first-time finish but the drama was not over yet.

With 10 minutes to go, John Lundstram continued his incredible second-half of the season by firing Rangers back in front and now within touching distance of Seville.


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