Villarreal 1 – Man Utd 1: The Yellow Submarine beat the Red Devils on penalties to win Europa League Final

The cruelest of exits for the The Red Devils, who walk away defeated in the end by an ecstatic Villarreal
Villarreal vs. Manchester United
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Villarreal wont care that the win came from a shoot-out. They will be relieved to have got over the line, having invested so much commitment and energy during the game. However it was this sense of determination that made the difference. For the Yellow Sumbarine, a win is a win, regardless of how it is achieved. No-one will remember that the game was won on penalties, only that they are the Champions of the Europa League. That said, there will be few teams that will want to face them next time around.

The Yellow Submarine started strongly in the first half, with Gerard Moreno giving The Yellow Submarine the lead, 29 minutes in and managed to see out the first half 1-0.

Man U fought back, thanks to a goal from Edinson Cavani in the 55th minute and seeing the game end 1-1.

Although the game concluded 1-1 extra time was necessary, since both teams were tied. In the first half neither team scored a goal so it finalised 1-1.

Finally, the result didn’t change so the match finalised 1-1.

Finally, the winner of the match was decided during a penalty shootout in which the victory went to Villarreal, which was imposed by a score of 11 – 10 penalties after the shootout.

For Villarreal, Francis Coquelin, Paco Alcacer, Moi Gomez, Alberto Moreno, Mario Gaspar and Daniel Raba, came on for Carlos Bacca, Yeremi Pino, Manu Trigueros, Alfonso Pedraza, Juan Foyth and Etienne Capoue. Man U brought on Fred, Axel Tuanzebe, Daniel James, Juan Mata and Alex Telles, to replace Mason Greenwood, Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Scott McTominay.

There were bookings for Etienne Capoue and Juan Foyth from Villarreal. For Man U, Eric Bailly and Edinson Cavani saw yellow.

A penalty shoot-out in a final, its always a nervous affair which gets you off your seat. However there can only be one winner, such is the nature of the game. We now draw the curtain on this year’s competition.

Technical card:
Villarreal: Geronimo Rulli, Juan Foyth (Mario Gaspar, min.88), Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza (Alberto Moreno, min.88), Manu Trigueros (Moi Gomez, min.78), Etienne Capoue (Daniel Raba, min.120), Dani Parejo, Carlos Bacca (Francis Coquelin, min.60), Gerard Moreno and Yeremi Pino (Paco Alcacer, min.77)
Manchester United: David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Juan Mata, min.120), Eric Bailly (Axel Tuanzebe, min.116), Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Mason Greenwood (Fred, min.100), Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay (Alex Telles, min.120), Paul Pogba (Daniel James, min.116), Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani
Stadium: Stadion Energa Gdansk
Goals: Gerard Moreno (1-0, min. 29) and Edinson Cavani (1-1, min. 55)

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