Mourinho loses his first European final after 5 consecutive triumphs and the Spaniards are confirmed as masters of a trophy they have already lifted 7 times
After last year’s triumph in Tirana, the joke of Budapest. Roma lose the Europa League on penalties. The errors from eleven meters by Mancini and Ibanez were decisive. Triumphant Sevilla who have already won the trophy seven times.
Mourinho bet from 1 ‘on Dybala, owner together with Pellegrini, behind Abraham and Joya, despite not being at the top, repays the Special One with the 1-0 goal on a great verticalization by Mancini. The yellow and red people, who up to that moment had seen Rome attentive but dangerous with a shot from Spinazzola, exploded and only the Portuguese on the bench preached calm. Sevilla? He came close to par in recovery with Rakitic whose shot was blocked, with a bit of luck, on the post by Rui Patricio. After 7’ of added time, the teams return to the changing rooms for the interval.
In the second half, Roma want to control, while Sevilla press with Lamela and Suso immediately on the pitch. However, it was Mancini’s own goal that complicated Mourinho’s plans, who after 20 years conceded a goal in a European cup final (it hadn’t happened since 2003). Halfway through the second half Dybala comes out, running out of energy and Wijnaldum enters. The Var rightly canceled a penalty awarded to Sevilla and, despite the yellow and red protests, did not concede one to Pellegrini and his companions due to a touch of the arm in the area by Fernando. The match becomes nervous, but it doesn’t unlock even with Belotti on the field in place of Abraham, who devours an excellent opportunity on the 1-1 goal line. The last shiver comes from a left-footed shot from outside by Suso that Rui Patricio rejects badly. At the end of 6′ of added time, the verdict is postponed to extra time.
Overtime and penalties
In extra time everyone is afraid of losing: Mourinho inserts Llorente and El Shaarawy for Spinazzola and Pellegrini. Little or no play is played and, despite the more than 11 minutes of added time allowed in the second overtime, there is only one real opportunity, a header on the crossbar by Smalling, a few seconds before the final whistle and the penalty shoot-outs that smile on the Spanish.
June 1 – 00:07
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