Sevilla claim Record Seventh Europa League Title After Penalty Drama Against Roma
Sevilla emerged victorious over Roma in the Europa League final, securing their seventh title in the competition. The match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes, pushing the teams into a penalty shootout where Sevilla outclassed Roma with a 4-1 scoreline.
The match started cautiously, with both teams sizing each other up. Roma had the first real chance in the 12th minute, but Sevilla’s goalkeeper, Bono, was up to the task. Despite Sevilla controlling most of the possession, Roma looked the more dangerous side in the early stages.
The deadlock was broken in the 35th minute when Paulo Dybala found the back of the net for Roma with a delightful left-footed finish. Sevilla responded with increased pressure, but Roma’s defense held firm until the end of the first half.
The second half saw Sevilla equalize in the 55th minute when a dangerous cross from Jesus Navas ricocheted off Roma’s Gianluca Mancini for an own goal. This shifted the momentum in Sevilla’s favor, and they began to dominate the game.
The match had its fair share of drama with a penalty awarded to Sevilla in the 75th minute, only to be overruled by VAR. Roma also had a penalty appeal turned down, and the match went into extra time after a tense 90 minutes.
Extra time failed to separate the two sides, and the match went to penalties. Sevilla proved their mettle in the shootout, scoring all four of their penalties. Unfortunately for Roma, Gianluca Mancini and Roger Ibanez missed their penalties, handing Sevilla the victory.
This marked Jose Mourinho’s first-ever defeat in a European final, while Sevilla added another trophy to their impressive Europa League collection.