Sevilla Football Club has secured a historic seventh Europa League title by emerging triumphant in a nail-biting penalty shootout against AS Roma. 

The game began cautiously. Both teams tested each other’s defences in the early stages. However, it was Roma who broke the deadlock in the 34th minute when Paolo Dybala calmly slotted the ball home after a perfectly timed through ball from Gianluca Mancini.

Yet, the joy for Mancini was short-lived. In a cruel twist of fate, he inadvertently turned a cross from Sevilla’s Jesus Navas into his own net, leveling the score at the one-hour mark.

As the match progressed, tension mounted on the pitch. Sevilla was denied a penalty after VAR intervention. This decision left both sets of fans on edge. With the clock ticking down, neither team could find the elusive winning goal during the regulation 90 minutes. This forced the game into extra time.

The additional period proved to be an intense battle of wills, marred by a flurry of yellow cards that brought the total for the night to an astonishing 13.

Nail-biting penalty shootout

In the final minute of extra time, Roma’s Chris Smalling came agonizingly close to etching his name in the club’s history books with a looping header that struck the crossbar. 

With no resolution in sight, the match headed to a penalty shootout, intensifying the tension for players and fans alike. Sevilla shone, displaying nerves of steel and clinical finishing to  convert all four of their penalties with precision and composure. Meanwhile, Roma struggled under the pressure, missing two of their spot-kicks.

The climax of the shootout arrived when Gonzalo Montiel stepped up to take the final penalty. Initially, Montiel missed his first attempt, but controversy ensued as the referee ordered a retake due to Rui Patricio, Roma’s goalkeeper, leaving his line too early. Montiel seized the opportunity, calmly converting the retaken penalty and securing Sevilla’s historic seventh Europa League title crown.

The final whistle sparked scenes of jubilation among the Sevilla players and fans, who celebrated their team’s remarkable achievement. Meanwhile, Roma players were left to ponder what might have been, knowing they had come agonizingly close to glory.