Trefzekere De Jong starring in Europa League win Seville

Luuk de Jong has had an important share in the Europa League win in Seville with two goals. The Spanish team was too strong for Internazionale from Italy in the goal-rich final 3-2. It is for the sixth time in history that Sevilla has won the Europa League (formerly UEFA Cup).

After his winning goal in the semi-final against Manchester United, De Jong was given a base place in the final. For the 29-year-old Dutch striker, that was the first base place in the Europa League since 27 February this year.

De Jong saw himself on the field opposite a fellow countryman, Stefan de Vrij. This year the Dutch defender has become a fixture at Inter and was even voted best defender in the A.


Quick penalty

The Europa League final in Cologne was led by Danny Makkelie. The Dutch referee pointed to the spot in the third minute. Sevilla defender Diego Carlos pulled the emergency brake and brought down much faster Romelu Lukaku in the penalty area.

The Belgian, already six times successful in five Europa League games this season, went behind the ball himself. Bono did dive to the right corner, but the clean shot penalty was untenable for the Moroccan goalkeeper of Seville.

The Italian team, however, could not enjoy the lead for long. De Jong showed he deserved to be in the base at Seville. He broke away from Diego Godín, dived to the ball and headed beautifully.

Renew De Jong

After more than half an hour of playing it was again De Jong who just managed to find it for Seville. From a free kick he cleverly headed the ball into the far corner. Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic had no chance.

Sevilla did not go into the break with a lead, however, as Godín managed to find the net on the other side of the pitch two minutes after De Jong’s second goal. The Uruguayan didn’t give Bono the chance and headed flawlessly

Less spectacle after rest

In the second half, both teams had their defences better in order and fewer chances were created. Nevertheless, Lukaku managed to find an opening. The 27-year-old Belgian left the defenders of the Spanish team behind and rushed towards Bono’s goal, but the Seville goalkeeper saved handsomely.

For a long time it didn’t look like Sevilla would score anymore, but with a quarter of an hour to go it succeeded with some help from Lukaku. Diego Carlos shot the ball in the direction of goal, but Inter’s striker changed the direction of the ball so that the attempt was promoted to goal. In the closing stages Inter was still close to the equaliser, but Jules Koundé took Alexis Sanchez’s effort off the line.

Next season Champions League

Next season Sevilla will be in the group stage of the Champions League, as the team finished fourth in La Liga this season.