Spanish powerhouse Sevilla once again showcased their mastery in the Europa League by triumphing over AS Roma with a thrilling 4-1 victory on penalties.
The win marked Sevilla’s record seventh triumph in the competition. SE while also handing Roma manager Jose Mourinho his first defeat in six European finals.
After a relatively uneventful match that ended 1-1 in extra time, Sevilla displayed ruthless efficiency during the shootout. Gonzalo Montiel sealed the victory for Sevilla. He had previously scored the winning penalty for Argentina in the World Cup final against France. Montiel was given another chance due to Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s infringement of coming off the line too early. Montiel seized the opportunity and converted his second attempt, igniting jubilant celebrations.
Sevilla’s goalkeeper, Yassine Bounou, emerged as the hero of the shootout, saving penalties from Gianluca Mancini and Roger Ibanez. In contrast, the Spanish team exhibited flawless execution, converting all four of their penalties.
Sevilla’s dominance in the Europa League is unrivaled, having emerged victorious in all seven of the finals they have competed in. Familiar with the tension and drama of the occasion, they have witnessed their opponents scoring first in the last four finals.
The match was marked by a tense and contentious atmosphere from the outset, as Roma opted for a deep defensive approach with a five-man backline. Despite enjoying almost 65% possession, Sevilla struggled to breach Roma’s compact defense.
The encounter proved heated, with referee Anthony Taylor brandishing a record-breaking 14 yellow cards in a Europa League game. The match extended beyond the regular time, with nearly 30 minutes of stoppage time played in total.