Sevilla beat Roma to win Europa League

Sevilla beat Roma to win Europa League

Sevilla beat Roma on (4-1) penalties to win Europa League. The Spanish side made history as Mourinho throws a medal into the crowd.

Sevilla won the cup for the seventh time, beating Jose Mourinho’s Roma on penalties following a dull 1-1 draw in Budapest.

With Mourinho having previously won all five of his European finals, one flawless record had to go, and he was left giving his losers medal to a youngster in the crowd as Sevilla celebrated.

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Sevilla team celebrating

“That’s what I did, I don’t want silver medals. I don’t keep silver medals, so I gave it away,” Mourinho said.

“I want to stay at Roma but my players deserve more, I deserve more. I don’t want to fight anymore for that. I’m tired of being a coach, a communicator, the club’s spokesperson.”

However, towards the end, most people were talking about the behavior of both sides and coaching staff, with 13 yellow cards issued, including one for Mourinho.
Mourinho was attempting to win a record sixth major European final, which would have put him ahead of famous Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni, who has won five major European medals.

by catastrophic departures from both Manchester United and Tottenham, his reputation looks to have been rehabilitated by reaching back-to-back European finals.

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The 60-year-old declined to comment on his future before the game, but has been extensively linked with a move away from Rome this summer to a club with a significantly larger transfer budget than he has worked with in the past.

Despite holding a contract until 2024, it is expected that he would leave in search of a club where he can lead them to a third Champions League title, with Paris St-Germain highly speculated to be interested.

“My future?” questioned Mourinho. I am serious; I stated a few months ago that if I had communication with any other club, I would inform the proprietors; I would not act in secret.

“I spoke to the club in December when Portugal asked me, so far I haven’t spoken to anyone because there is no team I have spoken to.

“I’ve won five finals and I lost this one, but I’m coming back home proud again. The boys gave everything. We are all attached to the shirt, to our nature.

“We take things seriously and humbly, we work a lot. Everyone reacts in a different way: one cries, the other doesn’t. The truth is that we are all very sad, with or without crying. Great match, great final – intense, vibrant.”

Sevilla manager

It was one of the most disorganized European finals in recent memory, but English referee Anthony Taylor and fourth official Michael Oliver deserved their post-match awards.

With worrying regularity, both were surrounded by players and benches. In total, 13 players received yellow cards, the highest in any Europa League game. Seven of them were to Roma players, a tournament final record.

This does not include the booking for Roma manager Jose Mourinho, who was continuously outside his technical area on the pitch’s edge.

Players and benches clashed often, with multiple injury stoppages necessitating lengthy delays. Three of the 13 players that were booked were on the bench, with two never even making it onto the field.

There was more than 25 minutes of injury time across the four halves, with two yellow cards for every shot on aim, including Mourinho.

“The behavior and histrionics of both benches have been awful,” ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman told BT Sport. “I feel for the fourth official, Michael Oliver.” He required earplugs.

“It’s been pretty bad. We don’t need it in a final like this. It’s been quite unpleasant.”

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