Wednesday night’s Europa League final delivered an unexpected goal-fest when Sevilla beat Dnipro 3-2 to lift the trophy for a second consecutive year. This time, however, Sevilla will benefit from the added reward of advancing to next season’s Champions League.
Football pundits will have been surprised by the score line among the football results from yesterday. Dnipro exhibited stingy defensive play in almost every Europa League game, yet seemingly entered a goal-for-goal sparring match with Sevilla.
Nikola Kalinić opened the scoring for Dnipro after only seven minutes, but Grzegorz Krychowiak struck back after 28 minutes to level the game. Carlos Bacca then added a second for Sevilla, making it 2-1. Just before half-time, Ruslan Rotan equalised after 44 minutes to make it 2-2.
Sevilla dominated 62% possession, creating 18 total chances in the process. However, they only managed five shots on target. Sevillistas will have been pleased that Bacca provided a clinical edge when scoring the winning goal on 73 minutes.