Sevilla win third successive UEFA Europa League title after beating Liverpool in Basel

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Yesterday, Spanish football club Sevilla FC defeated English football club Liverpool F.C. in the 2016 UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland. In doing so, Sevilla defended their title and claimed their third consecutive title under manager Unai Emery. Sevilla became first club in the tournament history to lift the trophy five times—in 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Cquote1.svg It was obvious the first goal of Sevilla had a big influence on our own game. In this moment we lost faith in our style of play. We changed from passing simply and quickly to complicated. We lost our formation, so it was not compact anymore. Cquote2.svg

—Jürgen Klopp

Sevilla appeared in their third successive final while Liverpool made their first appearance for nine years. Liverpool started the brighter of the two teams in the opening half. Merseyside had 72% ball possession and had six shots on target. But, The Reds committed nineteen fouls in the match while the Spanish side committed just nine. Sevilla’s goalkeeper David Soria kept Liverpool at bay as he saved shots from Liverpool’s Emre Can shortly before the ten-minute mark. Sevilla were thankful that defender Daniel Carriço was on hand to decisively clear a goal-bound effort off the line from Liverpool striker, Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge tested Soria a while later, but the goalkeeper was equal to the shot and blocked successfully. Soria could do nothing to deny Sturridge. In the 35th minute when he collected a pass from Brazillian Philippe Coutinho and curled the ball with the outside of his left foot to give Liverpool the lead. Liverpool had a chance to extend their lead before the half-time break through Adam Lallana, but Sevilla defender Daniel Carriço blocked his attempt. Liverpool ended the first-half with a 1–0 lead.

Sevilla looked to bounce back in the second-half and they did not have to wait long as Kevin Gameiro levelled the score in the 46th minute from Mariano Ferreira‘s cross. Sevilla took the lead in the 64th minute through captain, Coke, who shot beyond Liverpool’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to score. Six minutes later Sevilla extended their lead when Coke pounced on a loose ball in the box to ensure Sevilla claimed an unprecedented fifth overall and third consecutive UEFA Europa League title.

After the match, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp in a press conference said “It was obvious the first goal of Sevilla had a big influence on our own game. In this moment we lost faith in our style of play. We changed from passing simply and quickly to complicated. We lost our formation, so it was not compact anymore”.




May 18, 2016
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)
Liverpool F.C. 1–3 Sevilla FC St.Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
Attendance: 34,429
Referee: Flag of Sweden.svg Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Daniel Sturidge Scored after 35 minutes 35′
Dejan Lovren Booked after 29 minutes 29′
Divock Orig Booked after 72 minutes 72′
Nathaniel Clyne Booked after 90 + 4 minutes 90 + 4′
(1–0) HT Kevin Gamiero Scored after 46 minutes 46′
Coke Scored after 64, 70 minutes 64, 70′
Vitolo Booked after 56 minutes 56′
Éver Banega Booked after 57 minutes 57′
Adil Rami Booked after 77 minutes 77′
Mariano Ferreira Booked after 83 minutes 83′

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