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Sevilla beat Roma in penalties to lift Europa cup

Sevilla players celebrating their victory over Roma.

Sevilla beat Roma in yesterday’s mouthwatering encounter of UEFA Europa League finals – being Mourinho’s first ever loss in a final match.

Before yesterday’s loss, ‘The special one’ had never lost a game in the finals in his illustrious career as a coach. He even won the same trophy with Manchester United in 2017.

Tha match started with both teams wanting to pull the first trigger, but their defence lines stood tall to the occasion. Both the two sides made flashes of good attacks in the first half of the game. However, it was the Romans who pulled the first blood through world cup winner Paulo Dybala to make it 1-0 at half break.

The match did not also miss incidences of indiscipline, as coaches and technical staffs at both dugouts were booked by England referee Michael Oliver.

The second half saw the Spaniards employ a more attacking football, which saw them equalise through an own goal from Roma’s defender Gianluca Mancini, cancelling his teammate’s first half goal.

The match went to the extra time with no side pulling a winning goal, which pushed the game to past midnight for penalty shootouts. The Spanish side edged the Italians 4-1 in post match penalties, with Gonzalo Montiel converting the very last spot-kick.

Montiel had scored an even bigger penalty 164 days earlier. It was he who converted the decisive kick to seal Argentina’s victory over France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final.

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