UEFA Europa League: Sevilla lifts trophy for sixth time
The Spanish side’s remarkable love affair with this competition continued as Diego Carlos’s spectacular overhead kick, deflected in by Romelu Lukaku, sealed their sixth title.
Diego Carlos’s spectacular overhead kick, deflected in by Romelu Lukaku, sealed a sixth UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League title for Sevilla in an absorbing contest against Inter.
Romelu Lukaku opened the scoreboard for Inter Milan five minutes into the game after being brought down in the 18 yard box, and swiftly converting the resulting spot kick to put Inter ahead.
Sevilla responded impressively, as they had to a similar setback against Manchester United in the semi-finals. Then as now Luuk de Jong did the damage, justifying his surprise inclusion in the starting XI with two well-taken headers, a diving effort preceding a towering far-post looper.
Back came Inter, Diego Godín showcasing his own aerial prowess and, while the match grew tense, Lukaku had a golden chance to make it 3-2; one on one with Yassine Bounou, he came off second best. Instead, it was the unlikely figure of Diego Carlos who settled it, his spectacular overhead kick taking a decisive deflection off the unfortunate Lukaku on its way in.
Sevilla have done it again.