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Sevilla 3-2 Inter Milan: Europa League kings come back to win for sixth time

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Sevilla celebrate
Sevilla have won all six Uefa Cup or Europa League finals they have played in

Europa League kings Sevilla won the tournament for a record sixth time thanks to victory over Inter Milan in a thrilling final in Cologne.

The drama started when Sevilla defender Diego Carlos fouled Romelu Lukaku for an Inter penalty - and ended when Lukaku deflected Carlos' bicycle kick into his own net.

It means Inter Milan's wait for a trophy will tick over into a 10th year at least.

Lukaku gave the Italian side an early lead from the penalty spot for his 34th goal of the season, extending his record of scoring in consecutive Europa League games to 11.

Luuk de Jong scored two headers - from Jesus Navas and Ever Banega crosses - to put Sevilla into the lead.

Inter were level when Diego Godin nodded in to make it 2-2 in the 35th minute.

The game could not continue at that high tempo, but with extra-time on the cards, there was a twist to come.

Carlos flew into the air to meet a high ball with an overhead kick which was going wide until Lukaku stuck out a leg and diverted it past his own goalkeeper.

It was a first trophy in the managerial career of Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, whose side are unbeaten since February, a run of 21 games.

"This is a magnificent club," said the former Spain and Real Madrid boss. "I hope all the fans can celebrate it but with caution.

"This squad are great. They believe in it, what they work on and what they transmit. Even if we hadn't won I'd still love these guys, but today we take home the prize. We always believed."

The last nine Europa Leagues all have been won by Spanish or English teams - Sevilla have won four, Chelsea two and Atletico Madrid and Manchester United one each. The last Italian team to win were Parma in 1999.

De Jong is the hero as Sevilla continue Europa dominance

Sevilla celebrate
Diego Carlos (r) has scored two goals for Sevilla since joining last summer. The winner was initially awarded to him but later became a Romelu Lukaku own goal

Sevilla's excellent record of never losing a Uefa Cup or Europa League final continues - six finals, six victories.

But this was a new Sevilla team - with barely anybody left since their three wins in a row from 2014 to 2016.

Lopetegui took over last summer and built a new-look team. Nine of the starting XI in Cologne were in their first season at the club.

They were cheered on by two fans, with Sevilla giving two of their 25 tickets for officials to supporters with membership numbers 2108 and 2020 (to make the date of this game).

Carlos looked as if he was going to the villain of the run as he lost Lukaku and then fouled the Belgian striker on the corner of the box after five minutes.

That was the third Europa League game in a row that he conceded a spot-kick, doing the same in wins over Wolves and Manchester United in the previous two rounds.

But their unlikely hero was De Jong, a man who had scored only eight goals since joining last summer - and had a goalless spell with Newcastle in 2014.

His first header was a diving one from a Navas cross and his second was a wonderful looping effort into the top corner from Banega's free-kick.

Carlos' redemption was complete when his audacious effort led to Lukaku's own goal.

Conte's ex-Premier League men fall just short

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku's deflection helped Sevilla score the winner

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte - who has brought in five Premier League players since taking over last summer - led Inter Milan to second place in Serie A this season.

That was their best finish since 2010-11, which was also the last time they won a trophy - the Coppa Italia.

Left wing-back Ashley Young became the first Englishman to start a European final for a non-British club since Owen Hargreaves in the 2001 Champions League final for Bayern Munich.

And it was his former United team-mate Lukaku who had a quick impact when he was fouled for a penalty which he fired home excellently.

The plaudits rolled in at that moment. He is the first player to score 34 goals in his first season with Inter since Ronaldo in 1997-98 and his nine European goals is a joint record for an Inter player in a season.

But he was not the story of the game - in the way he would have wanted anyway - as Sevilla came back.

Inter's confidence rose again when Godin, another big-name signing last summer, headed in.

But Lukaku missed a one-on-one and substitute Alexis Sanchez had a shot cleared off the line, either side of the own-goal winner.

Conte's future is in doubt after disagreements with the club's owners. A trophy would have helped.

"We'll take a few days off and then meet [with the president] with cool heads," he said.

"I don't have many regrets now, my players gave really everything they had against a team used to playing these kind of games.

"Many young players earned a great dose of valuable experience this season. They can continue on this path with great confidence."

Uefa Cup/Europa League finals
SevillaInter Milan
2006 - 4-0 win over Middlesbrough1991 - beat Roma 2-1 on aggregate
2007 - penalty shootout win over Espanyol after 2-2 draw1994 - beat Austria Salzburg 2-0 on aggregate
2014 - penalty shootout win over Benfica after 0-0 draw1997 - lost to Schalke on penalties after 1-1 aggregate draw
2015 - 3-2 win over Dnipro1998 - beat Lazio 3-0
2016 - 3-1 win over Liverpool2020 - 3-2 defeat by Sevilla
2020 - 3-2 win over Inter Milan

Match stats - Godin joins select group

  • Inter lost in a major European final for the first time since the 1997 Uefa Cup, when they lost on penalties to Schalke.
  • Since 2009-10, the Europa League has been won by a Spanish manager in six of the 11 finals (Unai Emery x3, Quique Sanchez Flores, Rafael Benitez, Julen Lopetegui).
  • Sevilla have either progressed to the next round or won the competition in 21 of their last 22 Europa League knockout ties.
  • Inter defender Diego Godin became the sixth player to score in a European Cup/Champions League and Uefa Cup/Europa League final, after Steven Gerrard, Hernan Crespo, Dmitri Alenichev, Allan Simonsen and Pedro.
  • Romelu Lukaku's goal in the fifth minute for Inter was the earliest in a Uefa Cup/Europa League final since 2001, when Liverpool's Markus Babbel scored in the third minute against Alaves.
  • Sevilla's Diego Carlos conceded three penalties in the 2019-20 Europa League, the first player to concede that many in a single campaign since Casar Azpilicueta in 2012-13 for Chelsea.

Line-ups

Sevilla

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Bono
  • 16Navas
  • 12Koundé
  • 20Santos SilvaBooked at 4minsSubstituted forGudeljat 86'minutes
  • 23Reguilón
  • 24Jordán
  • 25Reges
  • 10BanegaBooked at 44mins
  • 41Fernández SaezSubstituted forVázquezat 78'minutes
  • 19de JongSubstituted forEn-Nesyriat 85'minutes
  • 5OcamposSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vaclik
  • 3Gómez
  • 11El Haddadi
  • 17Gudelj
  • 18Escudero
  • 21Torres
  • 22Vázquez
  • 28Alonso Lara
  • 31Díaz
  • 36Rodríguez
  • 40Pérez Rico
  • 51En-Nesyri

Inter Milan

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Handanovic
  • 2GodínSubstituted forCandrevaat 90'minutes
  • 6de Vrij
  • 95BastoniBooked at 55mins
  • 33D'AmbrosioSubstituted forMosesat 78'minutes
  • 23BarellaBooked at 41mins
  • 77Brozovic
  • 5GagliardiniBooked at 73minsSubstituted forEriksenat 78'minutes
  • 15Young
  • 9Lukaku
  • 10MartínezSubstituted forSánchezat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Sánchez
  • 11Moses
  • 12Sensi
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 20Valero
  • 24Eriksen
  • 27Padelli
  • 30Esposito
  • 31Pirola
  • 34Biraghi
  • 37Skriniar
  • 87Candreva
Referee:
Danny Makkelie

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamInter Milan
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sevilla 3, Inter Milan 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sevilla 3, Inter Milan 2.

  3. Post update

    Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Inter Milan).

  6. Post update

    Franco Vázquez (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Nemanja Gudelj.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Antonio Candreva (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic with a cross.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Inter Milan. Antonio Candreva replaces Diego Godín.

  10. Post update

    Munir El Haddadi (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Nicolò Barella (Inter Milan).

  12. Post update

    Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Dangerous play by Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Sevilla. Nemanja Gudelj replaces Diego Carlos because of an injury.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sevilla. Youssef En-Nesyri replaces Luuk de Jong.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Inter Milan. Romelu Lukaku tries a through ball, but Alexis Sánchez is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Inter Milan) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Victor Moses.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jules Koundé (Sevilla) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Éver Banega with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Franco Vázquez (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Nicolò Barella (Inter Milan).

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