Sevilla win 7th Europa League title (Sports News) – Spanish La Liga side Sevilla F.C. once again showed their domination of the Europa League as they beat Italian Serie A side A.S. Roma on penalties, 4-1, to capture their 7th Europa League Cup. The Seville-based squad have been the most successful club in this competition–the second most prestigious club competition in Europa after the Europa League.
Sevilla win 7th Europa – Match Recap
The game was considered one of the dirtiest ever, as referee Anthony Taylor dished out 14 yellow cards, which is the most in a UEL match. Paulo Dybala fired Roma ahead on 35 minutes following a counter-attack, but Sevilla caught up and levelled when Gianluca Mancini turned the ball into his own net on 55 minutes.
Unable to separate the two sides after 120 minutes, the Rojiblancos dominated the shootout, as keeper Rui Patricio let all four penalties past him, while Yassine Bounou kept out shots by Mancini and Roger Ibañez. Gonzalo Montiel, who took the winning penalty for Argentina in last year’s World Cup, also provided the winner after a retake that was awarded after Patricio’s encroachment infraction.
Sevilla win 7th Europa – Mourinho’s Streak Snapped
The win also saw an end to the European final winning streak of Roma manager Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese wunderkind had won his previous five finals in Europe, leading Porto to the then UEFA Cup (2002) and Champions League (2003), Inter Milan in the UCL (2010), Manchester United in the UEL (2017) and Roma in the Europa Conference League (2022). His latest trophy was the first European silverware for the Giallorossi, and made him and the club the first recipients of the trophy.
Mourinho was enraged with the officiating, and infamously gave away his UEL silver medal to a young fan in the crowd. Later on, he confronted referee Taylor in the parking lot, calling him a “disgrace”.
Sevilla win 7th Europa – manager’s Reaction
Sevilla’s victory was made sweeter by the fact that manager Jose Luis Mendilibar was hired only in mid-March, hoping to save the Rojiblancos from relegation in the Spanish top-flight. The 62-year-old, who had only his sixth European match as manager, chose to relish his victory for the meantime.
“Right now I don’t know if I’m going to renew or not, and I don’t care,” said Mendilibar when asked about his future at the club. “We’re going to enjoy [our victory] because it cost us enough… We came for what we came for and I think the job was well done. I’m happy to be here, to have won for the club.”
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