Sevilla FC has qualified for the Europa League Finals. They successfully reached their sixth UEFA Cup/Europa League final, after defeating Manchester United by 2 goals to 1.
The red devils took the lead as early as eight minutes into play. Bruno Fernandes, a Portuguese midfielder did a jump-step before firing high into the net to convert a penalty for Manchester United.
In the twenty-sixth minute, Suso slid in an equalizer for Sevilla. The first half of the match ended 1:1.
Sevilla broke the tie in the seventy-eighth minute with a goal from De Jong – one that would eventually help them knock out Manchester United, to proceed to the finals of the competition.
The first semi-final of the Europa League 2019/20 was played unusually late in the year, given it’s now the middle of August, due to the pandemic.
Nonetheless, both sides were desperate to reach the Finals, and with a single match to decide the outcome, it was all about tonight.
It was an interesting match as both teams played their hearts out, knowing the reward at stake.
Manchester United finished third place in the Premier League. This feat seemed unachievable until their new Manager was hired.
Under the guidance of the new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and the excellence their star, Bruno Fernandes, the team displayed an encouraging performance, especially after the lockdown.
On the other hand, Sevilla finished fourth with 70 points in the prestigious Spanish La Liga, to secure a spot in the Champions League next season.
The LaLiga side has made a mark in the history of the Europa League, having won it on five occasions. This feat has made them the most successful club in the competition’s history. They won times three back-to-back under a former manager Unai Emery.
This match was the third European meeting between Manchester United and Sevilla. The other two games were in the round of 16 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League, with Sevilla winning 2-1 at Old Trafford in the 2nd leg, after a goalless draw in the first leg.
It took Manchester United an extra-time penalty by Fernandes to secure the side’s passage through to this stage, while Lucas Ocampus goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers gave Sevilla the advancement they needed to face Manchester United.
Before the match, Man Utd seemed to be a threat to Sevilla, having been awarded 21 penalties in all European competitions, more than any other side across the big five leagues in Europe.
In a statement to reporters after defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sevilla Coach, Julen Lopetegui said: “We’re focused on the next game, against a top, historic side, one of the best in the history of the sport who are in great form.
“We will give our best as we always do. To play against them will be really tough, but we’ll go into it believing we can beat them.”
It turned out that Lopetegui’s belief was justified. Today, Sevilla, after defeating Manchester United, have proceeded to the finals of the Europa League competition.
Should they clinch the silverware at the finals, it would extend Sevilla’s record to six Europa League cup titles.