Sevilla became only the fourth team in history, as per UEFA.com, to win the UEFA Cup / Europa League on three occasions by defeating Benfica 4-2 on penalties in the final of the Europa League in Turin on Wednesday.
The match itself was an end-to-end affair. Neither side really took control of the ball, and good defending limited the number of clear-cut chances created by either side.
Save for one excellent opportunity spurned by Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca, extra time followed a similar pattern. Penalties were therefore required to decide which team would lift the trophy.
It was Sevilla who emerged victorious, scoring all four of their spot kicks, while Benfica saw those of Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo saved by Beto. It capped off a strong season for Unai Emery’s men and brought the first trophy of Jose Castro’s stewardship as Sevilla president.
Here are six things we learned from Sevilla vs. Benfica.