Villarreal defeated Manchester United 11-10 on penalties to win their first major trophy after a 1-1 draw in the Europa League final on Thursday morning as goalkeeper David de Gea missed the decisive spot-kick in a remarkable shootout.
Gerard Moreno gave Villarreal the lead 29 minutes into the Spanish club’s first European final, but Edinson Cavani equalised early in the second half before Unai Emery’s team prevailed on spot-kicks, extending United’s four-year trophy drought.
Villarreal’s Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli deflects a shot by Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea. The difference between agony and ecstasy.Source:AFP
“It feels really good. It’s been a tough competition. To play against a very good side like Manchester United, we knew it would be tough,” Villarreal midfielder Francis Coquelin told BT Sport.
“We didn’t manage to get to the Champions League through the league so to get it through the Europa League is something special — and a first title for the club as well — something amazing.”
The Villarreal players went berserk.Source:AFP
It was the exact opposite in the United dressing room.
“It’s a disappointed dressing room. That’s football for you. Sometimes it’s decided on one kick — and that’s the difference between winning and losing,” said United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“We have to learn from it, taste this feeling and make sure we don’t get it again.” He added: “We didn’t turn up. We didn’t play as well as we know we can.”
Weariness and a raft of substitutions slowed the tempo of the match in the closing stages as the rain intensified with penalties almost inevitable.
Fireworks go off as Villarreal lift the UEFA Europa League Trophy.Source:Getty Images
The first 21 penalties were successfully converted before De Gea had his attempt palmed away by Rulli as United lost for the sixth time in seven shootouts, handing Emery a record fourth Europa League crown.
— with AFP
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