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.