Sevilla maintained their status as Europa League kings yet again as they beat Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan in the final.
The Spanish outfit were crowned the Europa League champions for the 6th time in 14 years as they came from behind to defeat Inter 3-2 in a pulsating match in Cologne, Germany.
The five goal thriller saw 4 goals scored in the first half as Inter Milan were made to wait to win a major trophy for another 10 years.
At the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, former Manchester United flop Romelu Lukaku fired Inter into the lead in the fifth minute with a well taken penalty.
Two headed goals from Newcastle player Luuk de Jong in the 7th and 33rd minute gave Sevilla a temporary lead.
In the 36th minuter, Inter’s Diego Godin equalized as the first half took another pulsating twist.
A stunning Diego Carlo’s bicycle kick deflected off Romelu Lukaku to give Sevilla the crucial lead with 16 minutes remaining.
The win was Manager Julen Lopetegui’s premier trophy of his career as Europa League concluded in a memorable style.
And with the future of Manager Antonio Conte uncertain, the trophy dry spell in Inter will continue as the outfit will rue a string of missed opportunities to clinch the title.
Sevilla had resoundingly beat English outfits Wolves and Manchester United on their way to the finals but the stronger contenders were the Italians who thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in the semi-finals.