Sevilla FC has secured their seventh UEFA Europa League title after defeating AS Roma in a penalty shootout in the final match of the 2023 tournament. The Rojiblancos emerged victorious after an intense display of attacking and defensive prowess from both teams, which resulted in a scoreline of 1-1 after 120 minutes of play. Sevilla’s Moroccan goalkeeper, Bono, stood out in the penalties, saving two crucial shots to help his team lift the trophy at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest, Hungary.
The match started with a high level of intensity, with both teams attacking with intent to create chances and seize an early advantage. Roma managed to score the first goal in the 34th minute when Paulo Dybala smashed the ball into the net from a through ball from defender Mancini. However, Sevilla fought back and managed to equalize in the 55th minute with an own goal from Mancini. Both teams continued to create chances throughout the match but were unable to score again, leading to extra time and ultimately a penalty shootout.
In the shootout, Sevilla took the lead with Ocampos’ goal, and Cristante equalized for Roma. Lamela doubled it for Sevilla, but Mancini was denied by Bono’s leg, and he couldn’t equalize for Roma. Rakitic put Roma’s keeper, Rui Patricio, the wrong way and made it three. Bono saved Ibanez’s shot, which hit the post, doubling Sevilla’s lead. Montiel was denied the penalty the first time for Sevilla but had to take it again, making amends and securing Sevilla’s seventh UEFA Europa League title.
Sevilla manager José Luis Mendilibar praised his team’s fighting spirit, saying, “The equalizer came quickly in the second half and gave us the strength to continue in the fight to win the game.” On the other hand, AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho remained proud of his team’s performance, saying, “We lost a game but not dignity. I’ve never gone home prouder than today.” However, the defeat handed the self-declared “Special One” his first loss in European finals and a lesson in humility.
Sevilla’s victory in the UEFA Europa League final has established the team as the undisputed champions in the history of the competition, with seven titles to their name. The match was a night to remember for the Kings of the UEFA Europa League, who displayed their attacking and defensive prowess to claim the championship.