The Spaniards have their best opportunity after a set piece! Ivan Rakitić’s corner from the left in the back pentagon finds Fernando, who is slightly behind in the air and fails to get his header on target.
Roma now have the upper hand and keep pushing. A free-kick from the right half-field almost lands on the head of Ibañez at the second post, who ultimately comes a bit too late.
For the first time, Sevilla brings the ball into the penalty area from the left and there is already a conclusion. En-Nesyri’s header from an Alex Telles cross is harmless and easy prey for Rui Patrício.
Rafa Mir (Sevilla FC) is shown a yellow card.
Rafa Mir protests loudly on the bench and is warned.
Tooor for AS Roma, 0:1 by Paulo Dybala
Roma strikes cold! Cristante remains stable in midfield against Rakitić and wins the ball. Mancini switches quickly and with a perfect through ball immediately sends Dybala on his way, who breaks away from Badé on the left in front of the box and slides in past Bono from 15 meters into the right corner.
No penalty! Gudelj touched Abraham slightly on the head at a dizzy height, but played the ball first.
Was that what? Gudelj clears in his own penalty area with a relatively high leg and mainly hits the ball, but also easily hits Tammy Abraham’s head. However, the English attacker of the Roma got something and the scene is also checked by the VAR.
After the courageous opening quarter of an hour, Rome has now shifted down a gear and is concentrating entirely on the defensive.
The right side is much more active for the Spaniards and Jesús Navas in particular is always looking for the flank. Youssef En-Nesyri, who is strong in the air, always stands in the middle against several Romans and has not gotten a chance at all so far.
After a deflected Telles cross, Óliver Torres tries a dropkick from the back, but barely hits the ball. Still, it was the Blanquirrojos’ best chance so far.
The game was intense the whole time, now it’s getting rougher and rougher. In midfield, one tough duel follows the next and referee Taylor has his hands full trying to calm things down.
Nemanja Matić (AS Roma) is shown a yellow card.
Now Ocampos is on the ground holding his head and this time things didn’t go right. Matić used his elbow too much in the air and received his first warning for it.
Nothing is currently happening in the penalty areas. The two defensive rows are very secure and don’t allow anything at all.
The next violent clash! Alex Telles goes into an aerial duel with Zeki Çelik on the outside line and heads rattle again. Things got a little worse for the Roman, but this time it seems to be going on for both of them.
The Romans have made a slightly better impression so far, and not just because of the Spinazzola chance. In contrast to the game in Leverkusen, when you couldn’t get a single shot on goal, the Italians play purposefully forward here. Seville has hardly played offensively so far.
For the first time it gets really dangerous! Rom strongly changes sides to the right to Dybala, who takes the ball down fine and puts it through to Çelik in the box. The Turk finds Leonardo Spinazzola with his low cross in the backcourt, who is completely blank 14 meters from the goal! However, his direct acceptance is not placed enough and is punched to the side by Bono.
Nominally, the Andalusians are a bit more offensive in their 4-2-3-1 than the Roma, who interpret Mourinho’s 3-4-1-2 defensively as usual and offer a five-bar at the back.
The Spaniards also get a first corner kick early on. Ivan Rakitić’s cross was headed out of danger by Tammy Abraham.
Abraham is sent into the box on the left with a high ball and gets the thing inside, but no colleague ran into position and Sevilla cleared it without any problems.
The first attack of the guests unsurprisingly ends in a flank. No team hits the ball from the outside into the penalty area like Sevilla FC. However, Jesús Navas’ half-field cross is still far too imprecise.
After a short treatment, both actors can apparently continue at first.
Rome pushes straight away and immediately takes out the first corner kick. After Pellegrini’s cross, Ibañez and Gudelj’s heads collide badly in the middle and the game is immediately interrupted.
Here we go! Sevilla play in white, Roma wear dark red.
The referee of the game is the Englishman Anthony Taylor. The 44-year-old is already leading the two teams onto the pitch of the Puskás Aréna and the ball will be rolling here in a few minutes. FC Sevilla or AS Roma – who will succeed Eintracht Frankfurt as Europa League champions?
The form speaks clearly for the Spaniards. While Sevilla have lost just one of their last seven games, Roma have only won one of their last nine. In the league, the capitals threaten to miss the international ranks after a good first half of the season. But they have this man at their side, about whom world champion Paulo Dybala says: “We don’t need to talk about competence – just look at his successes.” And José Mourinho also wants to be successful today. “Better coach, better person, same DNA,” said the Portuguese beforehand about himself, adding: “DNA is motivation and joy, the desire for great moments. That’s what I try to convey to the boys.” Is that enough to survive against the Europa League experts from Seville?
A lot has changed for the better since Luis Mendilibar took over as coach in Seville at the end of March. The Andalusians have won eight of their last 15 competitive matches and lost only twice. After being stuck in the basement for a long time in LaLiga, qualification for the Conference League is suddenly still possible. Of course, Mendilibar would prefer to secure a ticket for the premier class with a triumph against Roma. His plan sounds simple: “We have to put the ball where it becomes dangerous for the opponent and everyone has to be where they can take a shot,” said the 62-year-old. Because: “Nobody remembers the loser of a final later.”
A look at the line-ups: Both coaches rotated through the league at the weekend and are now diligently switching back. In Sevilla there is only one change compared to the semi-final second leg against Juve: Alex Telles takes over from the left in the back four for the yellow-red suspended Marcos Acuña. Compared to the game in Leverkusen, José Mourinho lets two new players play. Paulo Dybala starts in front and pushes Andrea Belotti onto the bench. At the back, Chris Smalling is back in the back three. As a result, Cristante slips into defensive midfield, Edoardo Bove has to go to the bench.
The Roma had it easier because of the names, but found it all the more difficult. In the playoff against RB Salzburg, the Giallorossi turned around a 0-1 draw in the first leg with a 2-0 win in front of their home crowd. In the round of 16, after a 2-0 win in the first leg, a 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad San Sebastian was enough to advance. In the quarter-finals, the Romans’ journey seemed to be over, but Paolo Dybala fired his team into extra time in the 89th minute of the second leg, in which Rom Feyenoord then played against the wall. And in the semi-final against Bayer Leverkusen, a goal from Edoardo Bove and a lot of destructive Mourinho football were enough to make it into the final over 180 minutes.
Seville and the Europa League – It really is a very special relationship. Even when things didn’t go well in the domestic league this season and there was a long threat of relegation, the club in the Europa League is always there. As soon as the floodlights come on, a different wind blows in Andalusia and the club is in top form. It’s no coincidence that Sevilla qualified for the seventh Europa League final in the club’s history. With PSV Eindhoven (3-0, 0-2), Fenerbahce Istanbul (2-0, 0-1), Manchester United (2-2, 3-0) and Juventus Turin (1-1, 2-1 a.e.t.). V.), the Blanquirrojos have completed a journey that could have taken place in the Champions League.
An impressive series will definitely end today. Sevilla have been to the final six times and have also won the title six times. José Mourinho, on the other hand, has also won all of his five finals in European cup competitions.
It’s an absolute meeting of experts when it comes to big European titles, taking place today in the Hungarian capital. On the one hand there is FC Sevilla, which is the epitome of success in the Europa League. After two UEFA Cup triumphs in 2006 and 2007, the Andalusians have won the successor competition four more times between 2014 and 2016 and then in 2020. No other team was anywhere near as successful in the second most important cup in Europe. On the other hand, José Mourinho is one of the most successful club coaches of all time. In addition to countless national titles, “The Special One” has also won everything internationally, up to the Champions League. Now he wants to land a brace with Roma after last year’s triumph in the Conference League and also want to celebrate one floor higher.
Hello and welcome to the UEFA Europa League Final! At 9pm, FC Sevilla and AS Roma will play for the title in the Puskás Aréna in Budapest!