Gonzalo Montiel scored the winning penalty kick for Sevilla in the shootout after the spectacular game ended 1-1 after extra time, exactly like he did for Argentina in the World Cup final against France. The Spanish savagely punished the Italians.
When Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio was found to have crossed the line too soon, the defender was given a second chance after missing with his first attempt. He made no mistakes with his second attempt, setting off joyful celebrations.
Yassine Bounou, a goalie for the Spanish team, saved penalties from Gianluca Mancini and Roger Ibanez during the shootout, but the Spaniards were perfect in their own execution and scored all four of their own goals.
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Sevilla used to last minute action:
Sevilla, the clear champions of the Europa League, has now prevailed in all seven of the competition’s championship games. Having watched their opponents score first in the previous four championship games, they are accustomed to the drama of the situation.
The Spanish team enjoyed about 65% of the ball on Wednesday, but was largely confined outside the Italians’ crowded box as Roma defended deep with a five-man backline. The match was edgy and hostile from the off.
Roma took the lead owing to a counterattack goal from Paulo Dybala in the 35th minute, but Sevilla quickly seized control of the match and equalised thanks to a Mancini own goal in the 55th. The game was tense, as referee Anthony Taylor gave out 14 yellow cards in all, which is a record for a Europa League game. He also used over 30 minutes of stoppage time.
Following that, the winners had control of the game, although Roma had the better opportunities from counterattacks and set pieces, notably a Chris Smalling header that hit the crossbar in the 10th minute of extra time. After a challenging season overall, Sevilla continued to dominate the tournament.
Sevilla, who dismissed two managers during the course of the season and spent the majority of the season languishing in the bottom half of LaLiga, only found their form again after leaving the Champions League.
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