Sevilla 1-1 Roma (4-1 on penalties): Player ratings as Sevilla win seventh UEFA Europa League title


After an unsurprisingly cagey opening 10 minutes, Roma fashioned the first chance in the 12th minute when left wing-back Leonardo Spinazzola fired straight at Bono following great work down the other side from Zeki Celic. Either side of the keeper and that was 1-0.

Roma were the better team in the opening 20 minutes, despite Sevilla having the lion’s share of possession. A classic Jose Mourinho final performance.

Paulo Dybala gave Roma the lead in the 35th minute with a wonderful left-footed finish after picking up Gianluca Mancini’s beautiful pass.

Sevilla responded, finally getting at Roma’s defense and Fernando probably should have done better with a free header from the corner.

The equalizer almost came in stoppage time thanks to Ivan Rakitic, who left-footed just outside the box against the post. Rui Patricio was tackled and was lucky the ball didn’t bounce off him into the net.

The second half started as expected with Roma remaining resolute in defense with most of their players behind the ball. It was up to Sevilla to break through.

And they did, Jesus Navas’ dangerous cross deflected off Mancini and into the net for an own goal.

This turned the game on its head, Roma’s previous composure replaced by nervous defending as Sevilla took the initiative.

The 75th minute brought the crucial moment of the match when Roger Ibanez was adjudged to have fouled Lucas Ocampos in the penalty area. Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty but it was disallowed on a second VAR review due to the slightest touch of the ball by a Roma defender.

Roma had their own penalty appeal turned down minutes later and Andrea Belotti almost put them back in front soon after. Bono came to the rescue with a stunning, if not happy, pinky.

The extra six minutes came and went with Sevilla perhaps all the more threatening. Another 30 minutes would be needed to separate the two sides and if not, a penalty.

Many chances were missed in the first half of extra time, especially Roma sat deep.

Chris Smalling’s header hit the post in the last game but in the end it was penalties after more than 11 extra minutes due to injury, time and all.

Sevilla emerged victorious, as they seem to always do in this tournament, scoring all four penalties. Gianluca Mancini and Roger Ibanez were in the fall for Roma as Mourinho suffered his first ever defeat in a European final.

Sevilla player ratings (4-2-3-1)

GK: Bono (8); RB: Navas (8), CB: Bade (7), CB: Gudelj (7), LB: Telles (7); CM: Fernando (6), CM: Rakitic (6); RM: Ocampos (7), AM: Torres (5), LM: Gil (5); ST: En-Nesyri (6)

Subs: Lamela (6), Suso (8), Rekik (6), Montiel (6), Jordan (n/a), Marcao (n/a)

Subs not used: Dmitrovic, Flores, Nianzou, Bueno, Mir

Roma player ratings (3-4-2-1)

GK: Patricio (7); CB: Mancini (6), CB: Smalling (7), CB: Ibanez (7); RM: Celik (6), CM: Cristante (6), CM: Matic (6), LM: Spinazzola (6); AM: Dybala (7), AM: Pellegrini (6); ST: Abraham (6)

Subs: Wijnaldum (5), Belotti (6), Zalewski (6), Llorente (5), El Shaarawy (6), Bove (n/a)

Subs not used: Boer, Svilar, Karsdorp, Camara, Volpato, Tahirovic

Player of the match – Bono (Sevilla)

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