Having won Inter with the score of 3-2 in the final round on August 21st, Sevilla won the Europa League for the sixth time.
The two teams created such a good game. Sevilla is always a strong opponent in the Europa League with the sixth championship since 2006. However, Inter also made Julen Lopetegui’s team struggling a bit to reach the throne.
Romelu Lukaku as the big hope of Inter
It took Romelu Lukaku just five minutes to score the first goal from the penalty spot. However, it was also Lukaku who broke Inter’s dream with an own goal that helped Sevilla secure a score of 3-2.
Lukaku extended the scoring record in 11 consecutive matches in the Europa League. He also broke the record of Ronaldo Nazario de Lima for Inter in the 1997-1998 season with 34 goals. He also scored the earliest goal in the history of the Europa League finals, which was in the fifth minute of the match.
Luuk de Jong scored twice in the important match
If Lukaku experienced two opposite extreme feelings in a match, Sevilla striker Luuk de Jong twice became a hero in the same match. De Jong’s two dangerous attacks helped Sevilla equalize and raise the score to 2-1 in the first half, although Inter midfielder Diego Godin also equalized the score afterward.
The match took place in the RheinEnergie field with no audience. However, Sevilla leaders bought flags, scarves, and constantly cheered for the home team.
Sevilla proved that they eliminated Man Utd in the semi-finals with no luck. In the 12th minute, the right-back Jesus Navas crossed the ball to the near post. Inside, De Jong moved to catch the falling point, flying his head low to the near corner to defeat Samir Handanovic.
The second half of the final round
The game still struggled in the second half, with few dangerous opportunities. From the hero’s moment, Lukaku quickly made a big mistake in the 74th minute. From Banega’s free-kick, the Inter player broke the kick, but the ball flew in the penalty area. Lukaku held out his right foot but accidentally turned it into an own goal.
In the last 15 minutes, Sevilla made every effort to prolong the time. They made mistakes and kept lying on the pitch. The injury time of the second half was six minutes, but Inter could not turn things around again.