Seville 1 – 1 Roma – rezal404
Sevilla secured a record-extending seventh Europa League title after beating Roma 4-1 in a dramatic penalty shootout at the Puskas Arena.
Gonzalo Montiel, who converted the winning penalty for Argentina in the World Cup final, scored the deciding spot-kick.
The Europa League specialists condemned Roma manager Jose Mourinho to his first European final loss, having triumphed on five such occasions previously.
“I’m going on holiday on Monday, if we have time to talk before Monday we’ll do it, if not we’ll see… cannot tell you objectively that I’m staying,” Mourinho told SkyItaly afterwards.
A furiously contested encounter, where more yellow cards were issued to coaching and technical staff in respective dugouts than players, went to extra-time after Gianluca Mancini’s own goal canceled out Paulo Dybala’s well-taken opener, before Sevilla prevailed in the shootout.
Similar to Roma, but to a greater extent, Sevilla have endured an arduous domestic campaign, marred by fears of relegation until recently, but continental competition tends to be their mecca.
The Andalucian club’s air of invincibility was under threat after Dybala collected Mancini’s defence-splitting pass, allowing the ball to roll across his body onto his favored left boot and finding the far corner in one swift motion in the 35th minute.
But, during a particularly argumentative tussle, Mancini’s own goal 10 minutes into the second half gifted Sevilla parity, and after a lifeless period of extra-time, Montiel settled the tie with the winning penalty – crucially, only after benefiting from a retake when goalkeeper Rui Patricio was adjudged to encroach on his first effort, which was saved.
How Montiel became the penalty hero – again
Five months after scoring the winning penalty on the biggest stage of all, Montiel converted the clinching spot-kick, this time in a European final, to crown Sevilla champions at the expense of Mourinho’s Roma.
A hot-tempered affair was narrowly edged by the masters of Europe’s second-tier competition, who will journey home to Spain with a record-extending seventh title.
Mourinho was on track to become the most decorated European manager in history with six trophies when Dybala overcame an ankle injury he has been nursing for the last month to give the Serie A side the lead.
But Mancini, who had provided the assist for Dybala, then turned awkwardly into his own net as a tempestuous tie finished 1-1 after 120 minutes.
Both benches were visibly techy from the off, with English referee Anthony Taylor tasked with overseeing proceedings, helped in so small part by the magnitude of what was at stake – European glory, but also the chance to earn a spot on the billing of next season’s Champions League.
Tempers frayed, particularly when Lucas Ocampos went over Roger Ibanez’s trailing leg and Taylor pointed to the spot late in the second period, only for VAR to intervene, highlighting minimal contact as the award was swiftly respinded.
While the names piled up in the official’s notebook, Roma almost had the last laugh but Andrea Belotti, on for Tammy Abraham, miscued a volley after a smart free-kick routine.
The shootout started with Ocampos and Erik Lamela scoring either side of Bryan Cristante doing so for Roma, but it was advantage Sevilla when Mancini’s tame effort came back off a diving Bono’s outstretched leg.
Ibanez then saw his strike cannon off the post and while Patricio appeared to have given Roma hope when tipping Montiel’s spot-kick on to the upright, his encroachment gave the full-back another chance he was reluctant to refuse.
Ocampos’ audacious no-look penalty
Seville visit Real Sociedad in their final LaLiga game of the season on Sunday; kick off 5.30pm. meanwhile, Rome host Spezia on the same day in their final Serie A encounter of the campaign at 8pm.
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