UEFA Europa League Final result: Sevilla 3-2 Inter Milan. Sevilla were serial winners, emerging victorious from all five previous Finals.
It was a thrilling Europa League Final, but Inter took the early lead through Romelu Lukaku, then he accidentally turned in the Diego Carlos bicycle-kick, as Sevilla won 3-2.
This was the first Nerazzurri major Final since 2010 and the first Italian side to reach this stage since it was called the UEFA Cup, with Parma in 1999. Sevilla, on the other hand, were serial winners, emerging victorious from all five previous Finals.
Matias Vecino was the only injury absentee in Cologne, as Inter chose the same XI for the fifth game running. Lucas Ocampos recovered from a knee problem, but Luuk de Jong was the centre-forward rather than Youssef En-Nesyri. It was behind closed doors, but the Sevilla directors had flags, scarves and were loudly singing fan chants.
Within five minutes, Romelu Lukaku had run away on the counter and was brought down clumsily by Diego Carlos for an inevitable penalty. Antonio Conte wanted a red card rather than yellow, but Lukaku converted past Yassine Bounou to give Inter the lead.
In the fifth minute, this was also the earliest ever goal in the Europa League Final. However, Sevilla fought back immediately, as Jesus Navas whipped in a cross from the right and De Jong got in front of Diego Godin for the diving header at the near post.
Instead, Sevilla turned the game around completely with another De Jong header, this time from an Ever Banega free kick, as he soared behind Roberto Gagliardini for a fantastic looping finish over Samir Handanovic.
Moments later, Inter were back on terms with 2-2 in this thrilling Final. Marcelo Brozovic flicked up a free kick and Diego Godin just steered it into the net at the far post. The Uruguayan became only the sixth player in history to score in both a Champions League and Europa League Final.
However, Lukaku was in the wrong place at the wrong time for the Sevilla goal, as he accidentally redirected a Diego Carlos overhead kick into the net, when it had seemingly been going wide of the target on a set play.
Sevilla 3-2 Inter
Lukaku pen 5 (I), De Jong 12, 33 (S), Godin 36 (I), Diego Carlos 74 (S)
Sevilla: Bounou; Jesus Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos (Gudelj 86), Reguilon; Banega, Fernando, Jordan; Suso (Vazquez 78), De Jong (En-Nesyri 85), Ocampos (Munir 70)
Inter: Handanovic; Godin (Candreva 89), De Vrij, Bastoni; D’Ambrosio (Moses 78), Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini (Eriksen 78), Young; Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez (Alexis Sanchez 78)
Credit: Football Italia