Sevilla’s control of the Europa League was confirmed on Wednesday as the club from southern Spain won that trophy for the third consecutive time. The last club other than Sevilla to win the Europa League? Chelsea in 2012/2013. That seems like a lifetime ago!
In this match, Spain continued its dominance of European competition by trouncing Liverpool 3-1.
Daniel Sturridge’s strike to open the scoring was a jaw-dropper. After he received the ball from Coutinho on the left side of the box, Sturridge took a couple touches to position the ball and fired an outside-the-boot shot that curled into the side netting.
It seemed Liverpool were on their way to European glory thanks to a moment of individual brilliance from the Englishman. But it was not to be.
Sevilla stormed back from the opening whistle of the second half, showing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool that team play outshines solo ventures.
After Gameiro had leveled the score for the Spaniards, captain and talisman Coke completed the comeback with a nice shot from the edge of the box. He exchanged one touch passes with two teammates to make his way up the left side of the pitch and it was Banega’s layoff that assisted Coke’s goal.
An excellent example of direct, team-oriented Spanish soccer. In the end, Sevilla’s team effort was too great for Liverpool’s disjointed squad. See you in the Champions League in September, Sevilla!
Will anyone be able to wrestle the Europa League trophy away from southern Spain next season?
In the mean time, enjoy these highlights of the match: