Sevilla have won the Europa League for a record third consecutive season and fifth time in ten years after seeing off Liverpool in the final in Basel.
After a rather scrappy first 34 minutes, Daniel Sturridge, brought the game to life with a moment of brilliance – bending his shot into the far corner from the edge of the box to put the Reds in front.
Buoyed by the opener, Jurgen Klopp’s men finished the first 45 minutes strongly but came back an ‘out of sorts’ side after the second half break.
Sevilla could not have got off to a better start in the second half as seconds after the restart Kevin Gameiro latched onto a fine ball across the face of goal by Mariano to pull the Spaniards level.
Sevilla continued to pile the pressure on Liverpool and their efforts were rewarded when skipper Coke fired a delightful curling shot past Simon Mignolet to put his side in front on 63 minutes.
Coke sealed the victory six minutes later with his second on the night.
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Philippe Coutinho’s clearance rebounded to the defender who blasted past Mignolet to seal a 3-1 victory – a victory that booked Sevilla a direct spot in next season’s Champions League.