Sevilla defeats Roma to claim its eighth Europa League victory. Sevilla’s Europa League final ended in a penalty shootout, a fitting end to their remarkable story, as Jess Navas lifted 15 kilos of silver to the sky 17 years after he first did so. Gonzalo Montiel, the Argentinian who scored the penalty that won his country the World Cup, was entrusted with taking the penalty that would win Sevilla their seventh Europa League. He did not score, but Anthony Taylor was advised by the VAR of an encroachment and gave Montiel another chance. Montiel scored twice in the shootout, making history. The longest match in this competition’s history was also the game with more cards than any other.
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José Luis Mendilibar, the fourth manager to win the Europa League with Sevilla, defeated José Mourinho for the first time, giving his runners-up medal to a fan. Mendilibar was coaching his 965th game but only his fifth in Europe, making him the fourth manager to win the trophy with Sevilla. Chris Smalling’s header nearly won the game for Roma against Sevilla in extra time, but it was not memorable due to the lack of urgency in the game. Despite this, it was still a heart-stopping moment.