Europa League masters Sevilla win no. 7, defeating Mourinho’s Roma

Sevilla kept their perfect record alive in the Europa League final as they claimed seven trophies from seven attempts with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over José Mourinho’s Roma in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday.

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He also makes five Europa League titles in 10 seasons for Sevilla, who have not won Europe’s “other” competition more than twice as many times as any other club (Liverpool, Inter Milan, Juventus and Atlético Madrid have all won it). three times each). . Although they will finish mid-table in La Liga this season, Sevilla also qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

On the other hand, for the first time in his legendary career, José Mourinho has won a UEFA final, having won two Champions Leagues, one Europa League and one Europa Conference League trophy in his previous four finals.

After the teams combined just two shots in the first half hour, Gianluca Mancini and Paulo Dybala provided a brief moment of quality and brilliance on the counter-attack on 35 minutes. Bryan Cristante sliced ​​Ivan Rakitic off the ball, which fell into the hands of Mancini, who played a direct pass that split the right side of the Sevilla defense and sent Dybala on target. Dybala smashed a left-footed shot past Moroccan World Cup hero Yassine Bounou to put Roma on top.

Roma sought to defend their advantage at the start of the second half, without a shot from minute 36 to minute 67. Sevilla increased the pressure in attack (with many crosses) and forced a critical error 10 minutes after the restart. Jesús Navas delivered a delicious ball to the top of the box, and though Mancini moved to Youssef En-Nesyri’s right to make the clearance, the ball came off his knee and bulged the back of his own net.

12 minutes later, Bounou played the hero in goal once more as Tammy Abraham looked sure to put Roma back in front with a light touch on a bouncing ball inside the six. Only Bounou put his body in and was on the line to block Abaraham’s shot and send the red shirts and white shirts alike into a mad scramble before the ball was finally cleared.

Penalty claims by both sides were denied as the second half progressed, with Sevilla initially being awarded the penalty after Lucas Ocampos went down in the box, only to have it overruled by video review; Roma were initially denied and again under review after Fernando blocked a cross with his arm.

After extra time was extended from 120 to 131 minutes, penalties would decide the winners of the 2022-23 Europa League. Sevilla prevailed after Mancini and Roger Ibáñez were denied, setting the stage for Gonzalo Montiel to seal the deal with Sevilla, just as he did with Argentina at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

stars of the show


Europa League final, Sevilla vs Roma, final score: 1-1 (4-1 PKs)

35th minute: Paulo Dybala dives from behind and shoots expertly to put Roma 1-0 ahead.

Minute 55: Gianluca Mancini diverts a cross towards his own goal and makes it 1-1.

How to watch the Europa League final – Sevilla vs Roma live, streaming link and start time

Start: 10 a.m. ET, Saturday
Streaming: Paramount+

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Key stories and star players

For Roma, it was another lackluster Serie A campaign this season as they failed to qualify for the Champions League for the fourth season in a row. However, a win in Budapest would send them back to UEFA’s top competition for the first time since 2018-19. Typical Mourinho form, as they conceded very few goals (37 in 37 league games) while struggling to score enough (48) to move higher up the table. Paulo Dybala leads the way with 11 Serie A goals (plus four more in the Europa League, the most along with Lorenzo Pellegrini’s four) and former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham scored eight (and one) of his own.

Speaking of disappointing domestic campaigns, Sevilla sit 11th in La Liga with one game to play (they can climb as high as seventh on the final day). Three different managers have guided Sevilla this season, with Julen Lopetegui lasting until early October before his successor Jorge Sampaoli was also sacked in March. Also, like Roma, it has been a struggle for Sevilla to score goals (46) and avoid goals (52), which is very out of character for them.

Sevilla’s trip to the Europa League

Champions League group stage: finished third (5 of 18 points), behind Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund

Europa League qualifiers:def. PSV Eindhoven 3-2; definitely Fenerbahçe 2-1; definitely Manchester United 5-2; definitely Juventus 3-2 (AET)

Rome Europa League trip

Europa League group stage: finished 2nd (10 of 18 points), behind Real Betis

Europa League qualifiers:def. Red Bull Salzburg 2-1; definitely Real Sociedad 2-0; definitely Feyenoord 4-2 (AET); definitely Bayer Leverkusen 1-0

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