VILLARREAL ARE EUROPA LEAGUE CHAMPIONS AFTER 11-10 PKO WIN.
Villarreal won their first major trophy in their first-ever cup final.
Manchester City dropped into the Europa League Round of 32 after blowing their opportunities to advance from ‘Group H’ of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League. It was quite a comfortable ride from that point onwards. Their most challenging fixture was in the Round of 16 against AC Milan. It was the only game they went into the second-leg without a lead.
On paper, it was against the odds.
With a more expensive squad and a better finish in their domestic league, Manchester United was clearly the favorites to win this tie.
Having Unai Emery as their manager was the main thing Villarreal had in their favor before kick-off. Unai Emery’s record in the competition with Spanish teams has been spotless, and what he had done with the club up till the final made them a bigger threat than what the team would’ve been without him.
Villarreal won the 2021 UEFA Europa League title without suffering a defeat.
They went through the group stage unbeaten, winning 5 of 6 matches while outsourcing opponents by 17 goals to5. The only game they failed to win in the knock-out stage was a goalless draw in the second leg semifinal match vs Arsenal.
It is always fitting when a team that started the competition wins the tournament instead f a team that dropped into the competition in the Round of 32 stages (after failing to advance in the Champions League).
VILLARREAL 1-1 MANCHESTER UNITED
Villarreal – Gerard Moreno 29’
Manchester United – Edinson Cavani 55’
After a ‘1-1’ draw and a goalless extra time came the exhibition of the finest penalty-taking skills from players on both sides.
The 11 players on the pitch for both teams played a part in the penalty kickoffs.
Villarreal – Gerard Moreno – Scored
Manchester United – Juan Mata – Scored
Villarreal – Dani Raba – Scored
Manchester United – Alex Telles – Scored
Villarreal – Paco Alcacer – Scored
Manchester United – Bruno Fernandes – Scored
Villarreal – Alberto Moreno – Scored
Manchester United – Marcus Rashford – Scored
Villarreal – Dani Parejo – Scored
Manchester United – Edinson Cavani – Scored
Villarreal – Moi Gomez – Scored
Manchester United – Fred – Scored
Villarreal – Raul Albiol – Scored
Manchester United – Daniel James – Scored
Villarreal – Francis Coquelin – Scored
Manchester United – Luke Shaw – Scored
Villarreal – Mario Gaspar – Scored
Manchester United – Axel Tuanzebe – Scored
Villarreal – Pau Torres – Scored
Manchester United – Victor Lindelof – Scored
Villarreal – Geronimo Rulli – Scored
Manchester United – David De Gea – Missed
FINAL after PKO
Villarreal 11-10 Manchester United.