Gonzalo Montiel was once again a penalty hero when Sevilla made a superb seven in the Europa League to inflict Roma boss José Mourinho’s first defeat in a European final.
Mourinho was on track to become the most decorated European manager in history with six trophies when Paulo Dybala defied an ankle injury he had been carrying for the past month to give the Serie A team the lead in a confusing game in Budapest.
Gianluca Mancini, who provided an assist for Dybala, scored in his own net as the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes and then missed from the penalty spot, as did Roger Ibanez before Montiel scored the decisive penalty to set up a shoot-out 4: 1. Spanish victory.
The Argentinian, who scored the winner in last year’s World Cup final, first missed from 12 yards, but Rui Patricio, who flew off the line before the ball was kicked, meant a second kick, and Montiel was not mistaken this time.
While Sevilla won a record seventh Europa League crown and qualified for next season’s Champions League, they had to do it in an ugly way, with regular stoppages in play, with players and coaches on both sides talking or warning referee Anthony Taylor and fourth. official Michael Oliver.
There were few openings as both sides got off to a rocky start, while there were regular breaks with both benches nervous from the start, realizing what was at stake and keeping Taylor on his toes.
The English referee made his first big VAR decision after compatriot Tammy Abraham was hit in the head, but Nemanja Gudel’s win meant no penalty was awarded.
The game revived when Ivan Rakitic was forfeited in his own half and although the Sevilla defense seemed to be expecting a foul, Mancini took advantage and his through ball allowed Dybala to pass Bono in the 35th minute. Under the cries of protest from Sevilla, who replaced Raf, Mir received a warning.
Lorenzo Pellegrini was cautioned for diving in the area, and constant breaks in play meant seven minutes were delayed at the end of the first half when Rakitic’s 25-yard deafening shot hit Patricio’s left post.
Eric Lamela and Suso entered the field after the break, when Sevilla flew out of the traps, pinning Roma in their own half of the field. The pressure took its toll in the 55th minute when Mancini turned into his own nets in an attempt to stop Lucas Ocampos from hooking on Jesus Navas’ diabolical cross.
Sevilla showed a lot of goals, but Roma almost scored again when Dybala took a free kick in his last match the night before he was substituted, saw Abraham shoot Bono and during the scrum at the goal the ball fell to the other side. balance Ibanez, who sliced the rebound wide.
Ibáñez’s night could have gotten worse when, with a quarter of an hour left in the game, Ocampos went over the leg of the Roma defender and Taylor pointed to the spot. With Mourinho and his coaches full of rage on the touchline, Taylor canceled the penalty after a VAR check showed there was little, if any, contact.
Shortly after, it was Roma’s turn to ask for a penalty when the ball hit Fernando’s hand next to him. Taylor was unconvinced and then, not for the first time, walked towards the Roma bench, waving a yellow card.
As names piled up in the referee’s notebook, Roma nearly got the last laugh, but Abraham’s replacement Andrea Belotti missed a volley after a beautiful free-kick over the wall.
Fernando shot wide as the match went on to an extra 30 minutes when both teams seemed unwilling to take the risk.
Mourinho was cautioned for one of several confrontations with 4th official Oliver, but after little action, Chris Smalling almost won him to death, but his header 10 minutes added from corner time rebounded off the crossbar.
The shootout began with Ocampos and Lamela scoring on either side of Brian Cristante, doing so for Roma, but it was first blood for Sevilla as Mancini’s deafening shot bounced off a diving Bono’s legs.
Ibáñez then saw his shot bounce off the post and while Patricio seemed to give Roma a glimpse when Montiel hit the post, the Portuguese encroachment gave the La Liga player another chance he didn’t miss.