Despite falling behind, Sevilla won the seventh Europa in a tiebreaker. Roma took the lead early in the final match. The team’s veteran coach Jose Mourinho, however, did not celebrate immediately, telling his disciples to be patient. Maybe then the Portuguese coach could see the result. That’s what happened in the end. In the second half, Roma lost their own goals. The rest of the match was scoreless. After extra time, the result of the breathless final came down to a tiebreaker. Sevilla once again won the Europa League by beating Roma there.
Sevilla beat Roma 4-1 in a tiebreaker in the final on Wednesday night (May 31) at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. After 1-1 goals in the scheduled 90 minutes, the game ended with the same scoreline in extra time.
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Roma got off to a great start in the title decider. They came out of the defensive shell and put Sevilla under pressure from the first minute. Attack as well as defense was under their control. So the opportunity was not late. Leonardo Spinazzola could not use a great opportunity in the eleventh minute. The Sevilla goalkeeper blocked the shot of the Italian defender unmarked inside the D-box.
Despite not getting a goal, Roma kept Sevilla under a lot of pressure. They were mainly emphasizing counter-attacks while keeping their defense strong. Sevilla were unable to create any chances due to Roma’s solid defense and their own haphazard football. In the first half hour of the match, Sevilla kept the goal away, unable to get any shots on goal.
Roma got the goal they deserved in 32 minutes. Paulo Dybala woke up the entire Puskas Arena. Dybala got the ball from a great pass by Gianluca Mancini, avoiding the trap of the sticking defender, and scored a wonderful finish from inside the D-box. With this goal, the entire gallery burst into cheers. Smoke from Roma fans’ celebrations can also be seen on the pitch. Sevilla tried to wake up after the goal. At this time, tension was created in the match.
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Roma missed the opportunity to increase the gap in the 44th minute. Lorenzo Pellegrini could not take a shot on goal from Dybala’s great pass. In the first half, Sevilla did not care much in front of Roma’s defense. Rakitic had an effort from distance late in added time. However, the Sevilla captain’s shot hit the post.
Sevilla increased the pressure after the break. Meanwhile, defender Mancini made a mistake in the 55th minute. He headed home a dangerous cross from Jesus Navas and sent it into his own net. Sevilla returned to the level of relief. Roma wasted two great chances in the 67th minute. First Tammy Abraham’s shot was blocked by the defense and Ibanez’s shot from close range missed the target.
After eight minutes, the referee blew the whistle for a penalty when Lucas Ocampos fell in Roma’s D-box after being tackled by their defender Ibanez. Roma players strongly protested, Mourinho in the dugout. However, the referee changed the decision after looking at the VAR monitor.
Sevilla had three good chances in the space of moments in the last minute of six minutes of added time. But if no one can use it, the match goes to extra time.
As no goals were scored in the extra time, the game was played in a tiebreaker. Both teams put the ball in the net in the first tiebreaker. Sevilla also scored on the second and third penalties. But Roma footballers could not break through Bono Yassin’s wall. The victory was almost assured by the Moroccan goalkeeper. Argentinian Montiel did the rest in the fourth penalty. The entire Puskas Arena woke up with his penalty.
With this victory, Sevilla won the Europa League title for the seventh time. In the second best competition in Europe, Sevilla reached the final six times and lifted the trophy each time. They kept that streak of success in the finals.