Rome 1, Seville 1: the Spaniards continue their idyll with the Europa League

Rome 1, Seville 1: the Spaniards continue their idyll with the Europa League

Sevilla claimed another glory by winning their seventh UEFA Cup/Europa League in their final against José Mourinho’s Roma in a penalty shootout (4-1), after the match and extra time ended 1-1, extending its legend in its fetish tournament with a final penalty scored by the Argentinian Gonzalo Montiel and with tension, because, after having failed first, he had to repeat it because the Portuguese Rui Patricio had advanced.

Montiel, who had entered the field at the end of the second half, thus equaled in Budapest the title of world champion he gave Argentina at the last World Cup, also converting the last penalty kick, and in this case the Sevilla players scored also the Argentinians Ocampos and Lamela, and the Croat Ivan Rakitic, while Roma were completely out of their mind as Cristante only scored the first and then Mancini was saved by Bono and Ibañez threw him on a post.

This new achievement for Sevilla, after a terrible season in the league, came after a titanic battle between the two sides, which saw Roma push their skills in the first half and take the lead in the 35th minute through Argentina’s Paolo Dybala, albeit with a goal of their own. centre-back Gianluca Mancini’s goal on the 55th minute led to Sevilla’s equalizer in a second half in which they improved, leading to extra time and the Spanish team’s successful penalty shootout.

The Puskás Arena hosted a conscientiously sought-after duel, dreamed of, between two teams looking to take a new title after a very bad season for Sevilla, in which they flirted with relegation, although they saved this reality with their successful European path, and also gray for Roma, who also clung to this tournament to try to shine and repeat their performance from a year ago, when they won the Conference League.

Sevilla, a specialist in the UEFA Cup/Europa League finals, was looking to win what would be its seventh title in its ‘fetish’ league after being revived since the arrival of coach José Luis Mendilibar two months ago, although it was clear that it will not be easy because of the rocky, physical and solid Romanista team, with the added bonus of having a born winner like Mourinho on his bench.

With these ‘old foxes’ on the benches, a Mendilibar almost making his debut in Europe against the laureate ‘Mou’, Sevilla reached the final with the Moroccan En-Nesyri in the front, Óliver Torres as an attacking midfielder and the Brazilian Alex Telles who made the remarkable losing to Argentina’s Acuña at left back, while Mourinho removed the big doubts and Argentina’s Paolo Dybala, just injured, formed a duo with England’s Abraham in attack.

The final started with both teams facing each other and a very thick game, but with a little more intensity on the part of Roma, especially when it came to winning individual duels or rebounds, against a sluggish Sevilla who were not on their game at the start. felt ease before the physical deployment of the Italian team, which also tried to go out quickly in the attack.

However, the sevillistas had no football or ideas to overcome the well-armed “giallorosso” team, with a great tactical and control scheme, impeccable in defensive actions and that, in some of the many balls it stole from the rival midfield, He knew how to go up, as in a boarding school of Abraham whose crotch came to nothing in the 6th minute.

It took a world for the Andalusian team to arrive with better attacking capabilities. With Brazil’s Fernando multiplying in front of the rear, Ivan Rakitic and Óliver Torres didn’t come into contact, neither Navas nor Alex Telles on the wings with Ocampos or a Bryan Gil with little presence, giving En-Nesyri nothing half drinkable.

Roma were able to take the lead after 11 minutes with a nice volley into the penalty area, from a pass from Çelic, in which Bono saved the goal with a good save, although the Spanish side went on unclear, vulnerable, lost the ball and without goals. An excellent opportunity, which the Italians took advantage of in one of their raids so that Dybala made it 0-1 after 35 minutes with a cross after a pass through Mancini’s hole and unleashed a delirium among the Romanists.

Sevilla claimed Cristante’s previous foul on Rakitic, but without success, and although he improved on courage before the break, he didn’t look good either. Fernando had a great option in a corner, but he finished high with his chest in minute 43, the most obvious of which came in the sixth of the seven extra minutes, although Rakitic crashed a long-range left foot into the left post of the goal. goal by Rui Patrick.

At the restart, with Argentina’s Erik Lamela and Suso Fernández replacing Oliver and Bryan to freshen up the attack, Mendilibar’s team came out strong and furious, made it clear they had no intention of giving up and closed out Roma behind, a team that plays very much. comfortable in these situations and, with an advantage on the scoreboard, increased his football control even more.

However, this bet did not go well for the capitalists as the sevillistas began to reach their area more and with good combinations of Suso, Ocampos or Navas they managed to add more speed to their game, which paid off in an action that brought luck had for Sevilla, as they drew 1–1 in minute 55 with an own goal from Mancini, who deflected a very tense cross from Navas from the right with his leg.

Although it was the Sevilla fans who took the initiative a little more, Roma reacted to this hard blow and answered in minute 67, when a free kick erupted in the area that Abraham finished, but Bono almost saved on goal and then shot the Italian-Brazilian Roger Ibañez wide.

Ibañez was again the protagonist in the 75th minute, when the Englishman awarded Taylor a penalty for his tackle on Ocampos in the area, but after informing him of the VAR and showing the game on the screen at the foot of the pitch seen, he retreated. of his decision. There was also controversy in the other area, as Roma claimed a penalty by Fernando’s hand which the referee deemed not an offence.

Near the end, Andrea Belotti, who had previously come on for Abraham, finished with the toe of his boot just ahead of Bono, but the Moroccan prevented the goal by deflecting the ball slightly with his glove, which gave way for two good chances for Sevilla to advance the score, a header from En-Nesyri outside and, above all, a nice shot from Suso that was saved by Rui Patricio. The rejection came to Fernando, but he finished it off and the final went to extra time.

In it, the two teams came out with great precautions and afraid not to make mistakes that would already make the final very uphill. Thus continued the titanic battle between Seville and Rome, they gave their all on the field, but neither risked excessively to avoid a mess that was almost impossible to repair.

However, England centre-back Chris Smalling gave the Spanish team quite a scare when he headed in a corner kick in the 131st minute that hit the top of the crossbar, but it all came down to penalties in the end.

– Data sheet:

1 – Seville: Bonus; Jesús Navas (Montiel, m.95), Gudelj (Marcao, m.128), Badé, Alex Telles (Rekik, m.95); Fernando (Jordan, m.128), Rakitic; Ocampos, Oliver Torres (Suso, m.46), Bryan Gil (Lamela, m.46); In-Nesyri.

1 – Rome: Rui Patricio; Smalling, Mancini, Ibanez; Çelik (Zalewski, m.91), Matic (Boven, m.120), Cristante, Spinazzola (Diego Llorente, m.106); Pellegrini (El Shaarawy, m.106); Dybala (Wijnaldum, m.68), Abraham (Belloti, m.75).

Goals: 0-1, M.34: Dybala. 1-1, M.55: Mancini, own goal.

Source: El heraldo