Europa League final: Romelu Lukaku own goal earns Sevilla 3-2 win vs Inter Milan

  • Rob Swan

Sevilla have won the Europa League after beating Inter Milan 3-2 in the final on Friday evening.

The Spanish side have won the trophy for a record-breaking sixth time – all of which have come since their maiden triumph in 2006.

Sevilla won the final when Diego Carlos’s audacious overhead kick was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Romelu Lukaku.

It was a final that will live long in the memory. No fans were present inside the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the two teams still managed to produce a high-quality, incident-packed match.

Inter and Sevilla went into the half-time break level at 2-2 following a thrilling opening 45 minutes.

Lukaku broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the third minute after being brought down by Diego Carlos.

The Belgian confidently converted from 12 yards, notching his 34th goal of a quite remarkably debut season in the process.

That made it 11 Europa League matches in a row in which Lukaku had scored. He also matched Ronaldo’s tally set during the Brazilian’s debut campaign at Inter during the 1997-98 season.

But Sevilla were back on level terms in the 12th minute when Luuk de Jong headed home Jesus Navas’s inviting cross at the near post.

De Jong, who failed to score a single goal during a disappointing loan spell with Newcastle United during the 2013-14 campaign, then put Sevilla 2-1 ahead in the 33rd minute with an even better header.

The Dutch striker rose highest to head Ever Banega’s cross past Samir Handanovic.

But the drama continues moments later when Diego Godin produced an equally good header to make it 2-2.

Referee Danny Makkelie called time on a breathless first half, but would the second half be just as dramatic?

Eventually, yes. Things became a little cagier after the interval, although Lukaku should have scored his second of the night after finding himself one-on-one with Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

Most would have backed the in-form striker to score, but Bounou produced a fine save to keep Sevilla level.

Lukaku, who left Manchester United last summer, will remember this match for all the wrong reasons despite scoring the opener.

It was his flick that diverted the ball past Handanovic into the back of his own net after Carlos attempted a brilliant bicycle kick.

Alexis Sanchez came on and almost scored with his first touch.

The Chilean, who also joined Inter from Man Utd, saw his close-range effort cleared off the line.

Sevilla held onto their one-goal advantage and the celebrations will continue long into the night.

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