As you know Real Madrid is often called as Champions League royalty for winning the European competition a record 13 times. They won a hattrick of Champions League in 2016, 2017 and 2018. They are a different team in the Champions League.
Spanish side Sevilla has now created an astonishing European record. Last night they beat Inter 3-2 to win their 6th Europa League title, which is the highest by any team in the competition.
🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 Sevilla's 6 titles is twice as many as any other side has managed…#UELfinal— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) August 21, 2020
The most bizarre record of the night was that Sevilla has reached the Europa League finals 6 times and have won all of them. They have won the title in each of these seasons: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2019–20. They had a hattrick of Europa League trophies between 2014-16 under Unai Emery.
Last night, it was an end-to-end game with Inter drawing first blood as Lukaku converted from the spot. But Luuk De Jong scored two headers before Godin equalised for the Italian side.
Lukakau missed a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper and later turning the ball into his own net from a Diego Carlos bicycle kick. It was enough to take Sevilla over the line by a 3-2 scoreline.
Ever Banega played his last game for Sevilla. He will continue his career in Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab from next season. The Argentine first joined Sevilla in 2014 and returned to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in 2017 after a season in Serie A with Inter.
Banega told Movistar: “I have no words for this emotional and at the same time a bit said moment. I have to leave the club of my life, but I am satisfied.”
“I am leaving with another title, thanks to my team-mates, and I am leaving with my head held high. I want to thank all of them [the Sevilla players] for making me win another cup and the coaching staff for taking us to the top.”
“The hug with Julen [Lopetegui after the final whistle] was one of love and work because of what we went through this season. I remember when I lowered the level a bit, he left me out of the team and showed me that without work you can’t get anything.”
“Now I have to enjoy, take the cup to Seville, to the people who could not be here but that we feel close too.”
Sevilla captain Jesus Navas dedicated this win to former Sevilla players. Puerta collapsed on the field and died due to cardiac arrest in 2007 having played alongside Navas in their earlier days, while Reyes was killed in a car accident last year. The last time Sevilla won the Europa League in 2016, Reyes was club captain.
The Spain international told Movistar: “This group deserves it, they overcome every day after the problems that existed. To be able to lift this title for Sevilla and for all those who are not here like my godfather, who has passed away, for Puerta, for Reyes. This group deserves the greatest.”
“I want the Sevilla fans to feel proud of us, they deserve to get happy in the face of all the problems that there are.”
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