Guwahati: Europa League kings Sevilla are once again the Europa League champions, as the Spanish club defeated Inter Milan 3-2 in a thrilling final in Cologne, on Friday. This was the sixth time Sevilla won the title since 2006.
Inter Milan were lucky enough to have been awarded a penalty just five minutes into the game, when sevilla defender Diego Carlos fouled Romelu Lukaku, an opportunity that Romelu Lukaku did not miss, giving Inter an early lead of 1-0.
Luuk de Jong, the surprise switch of Sevilla’s starting lineup, scored two headers in the 12th and 33rd minute of the game to put Sevilla into the lead.
Inter Milan were quick enough to level the scores when Diego Godin nodded in an equalizer to make it 2-2 in the 35th minute, just two minutes after Sevilla took the lead.
The game was evenly poised as both the teams were leveled at 2-2, untill an unwanted twist for the Inter Milan happened in the 74th minute.
Carlos flew into the air to meet a high ball with an overhead kick which was going wide until Lukaku stuck out a leg and diverted it past his own goalkeeper, thus gifting Sevilla a 3-2 lead, which eventually turned out to be the match winner for the Spanish side.
The heartbreak is not just on Inter as a club, but it surely lands on the shoulders two men in particular: Lukaku, who went from the man who broke the nil-nil deadlock to the man who deflected in the winner for his opponent, and Antonio Conte, a manager for whom a European trophy continues to remain elusive.
On the other hand Sevilla’s excellent record of never losing a Uefa Cup or Europa League final continues as they have six victories from six finals now.
It was a first trophy in the managerial career of Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, whose side are unbeaten since February, a run of 21 games. “This is a magnificent club, I hope all the fans can celebrate it but with caution.” said the former Spain and Real Madrid boss.
The last nine Europa Leagues all have been won by Spanish or English teams – Sevilla have won four, Chelsea two and Atletico Madrid and Manchester United one each.
Sevilla 3 – 2 Inter Milan
Romelu Lukaku 5’, 74’(OG)
Luuk de Jong 12’, 33’
Diego Godin 35’