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Sevilla beat Roma to win Europa League – as Jose Mourinho suffers first European final defeat

SEVILLA found their Europa League magic formula on Wednesday, beating Roma 4-1 on penalties in Budapest to make it a perfect seven out of seven in finals in the competition.

The game finished 1-1 following extra-time after Paulo Dybala’s opener was earlier cancelled out by an own goal from Roma defender Gianluca Mancini.  A bad-tempered but gripping match went to a shootout at a raucous Puskas Arena, with Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou proving the hero with two saves. Gonzalo Montiel, who scored the winning penalty in the 2022 World Cup final, netted the decisive spot-kick after Mancini and Roger Ibanez had failed to convert for Roma. The win is a remarkable achievement for 62-year-old Jose Luis Mendilibar, who only took over at Sevilla in March and is now celebrating his first major trophy. The veteran coach was brought in to save the club from relegation and has led them to safety as well as European glory.

Defeat spells heartbreak for Roma boss Jose Mourinho, who has lost a European final for the first time after five successes.

Sevilla, 11th in La Liga with one match to play will play in the Champions League next season.

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