Morocco Goalkeeper Bono Produces Heroic Display to Hand Mourinho First European Final Defeat

Morocco Goalkeeper Bono Produces Heroic Display to Hand Mourinho First European Final Defeat

Lukman Mumuni
June 1, 2023 at 9:16 AM
  • Yassine Bounou produced an outstanding performance in the Europa League final
  • The Moroccan goalkeeper saved two penalties as Sevilla was crowned champions
  • Bono's heroics versus Roma ended Jose Mourinho's European Cup final invincibility

Moroccan goalkeeper, Yassine Bono Bounou, was the difference as Sevilla beat AS Roma on penalties to win the 2022/23 Europa League.

Bono saved two penalties as the Spanish outfit handed Jose Mourinho his first defeat in a European competition final.

After a pulsating 120 minutes of football, which ended in a 1-1 draw, the game had to be settled from the spot.

Yassine Bono, Europa League, Roma, Sevilla
Yassine Bono saved two penalties as Sevilla beat Roma to win the Europa League: Credit @EuropaLeague
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Gianluca Mancini, who netted an own goal to cancel Paulo Dybala's first-half strike, saw his penalty saved by Bono before the Moroccan denied Roger Ibanez as well, seeing the shootouts end 4-1 in favour of Sevilla, The National reports.

During normal play, the lanky shot-stopper produced an outstanding save to stop Roma from scoring their second goal.

In an electric atmosphere at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest, Roma started well, and halfway into the first half, Dybala picked a pass from Mancini before cooly slotting home.

Just ten minutes after the break, the Europa League specialists levelled after a cross from Jesus Navas was turned in by Mancini.

Both sides came close, with Chris Smalling rattling the crossbar before the final whistle.

Mourinho mimics Ronaldo's 'calma' celebration

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Jose Mourinho was the most composed person in the Puskas Arena after Dybala opened the score for AS Roma in their Europa League final match against Sevilla.

The Portuguese tactician observed silently as the Argentine forward gave Roma a well-earned lead in the 34th minute.

Dybala received a fantastic pass from deep, allowing it to run across his body before scoring precisely beyond the goalkeeper.

Fans react to Mourinho's celebration

Sports Brief also reported on Mourinho painting a picture of calm despite Roma side taking the lead against Sevilla in the Europa League final.

The Italian giants, who were marginal favourites to win the European second-tier competition, took the lead through a strike from Dybala.

The Argentine's goal was particularly interesting because Mourinho had hinted in his pre-match presser that his player might not last.

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