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Giovanni van Bronckhorst last night praised Aaron Ramsey for having the bravery to take a penalty kick in the shoot-out that decided the Europa League final in Seville following Rangers’ agonising defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Ramsey, who had come on for Fashion Sakala towards the end of the second period of extra-time in the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, saw his weak attempt to score from 12 yards blocked by opposition keeper Kevin Trapp. Filip Kostic and Rafael Borre, who had cancelled out Joe Aribo’s second-half opener to force extra-time, then buried their own efforts to give Oliver Glasner’s side a hard-fought 5-4 victory.

It was an agonising moment for the vastly-experienced Welsh internationalist, who has been bedevilled by injuries since moving to Ibrox on loan from Italian giants Juventus back in January, as he had been sent on specifically to take a penalty.

But Van Bronckhorst, who saw Ryan Kent’s shot from a few yards out denied by Trapp in the 118th minute, only had admiration for the former Arsenal playmaker and described shoot-outs as “a lottery”.
The Dutchman admitted that it's a big disappointment, adding that losing a European Cup final will always hurt because everything will always be put into winning a final but it will always hurt if it doesn't go according to plan. The manager added that a penalty shootout is always a lottery and can be won by either team. Van Bronckhorst stated that the disappointment will stay with them for a while but they will have to start again next season.
About Aaron Ramsey's penalty miss, the manager added that it was brave of the player to step up for thr penalty even though the result didn't go as planned.