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Montiel Makes History With Winning Penalty for Sevilla in Europa League Final
- Sevilla put a stop to Jose Mourinho’s European final winning streak in Budapest
- The Spanish side beat AS Roma 4-1 on penalties after nothing could separate the sides over two hours
- Argentina player Gonzalo Montiel scored the winning penalty to extend Sevilla’s record
Gonzalo Montiel is a man for the big occasions, and he proved that yet again by scoring Sevilla’s decisive penalty to clinch their seventh Europa League title.
It was a tense game between the two historic sides, and nothing could separate them after about 140 minutes of football, and it was eventually decided on penalties.
The Spanish side's European pedigree proved too strong for Jose Mourinho’s perfect record, as one streak bowed for the other, and Sevilla extended their record Europa League wins.
The game was intense, dramatic and historic by all standards and a quiet achiever was born yesterday in Argentina world cup winner Montiel.
Gonzalo Montiel makes history
According to Goal, the former River Plate defender stepped up to score the decisive penalty that handed Argentina victory against France at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Last night, he stepped up to take Sevilla’s fourth penalty and scored after Roma stars Gianluca Mancini and Roger Ibanez missed their spot kicks.
He rattled the bar with his first penalty, but a retake was ordered after goalkeeper Rui Patricio was adjudged to be off his line. The 26-year-old made no mistake the second time.
Dybala inconsolable at full time
Sports Brief reported that Paulo Dybala was inconsolable at full time as he broke down in tears when his national teammate Montiel hit the back of the net.
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The former Juventus star put Giallorossi ahead in the 35th minute after a quick-thinking freekick from Mancini. He drove into the box and calmly slotted past Yassine Bono.
Mancini could have been a hero, but an own goal and a shootout miss made him a villain and left La Joya, who could only play 67 minutes in tears.