2 goals from Columbian Carlos Bacca and one from Krychowiak were enough for Sevilla to fight off a determined Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, to win the Europa League title for the second time in a row.
Dnipro, who opened the floodgates of goals in the first half scored in the 6th minute gifted by poor defending from the Sevilla left back. This however prompted the onslaught as Sevilla scored two goals in 3 minutes.
Krychowiak who had his earlier effort put away for a Sevilla corner, pounced on a free ball in the box after poor clearance from the Dnipro defense, who moved away from the defenders and scored the equalizer. Bacca, who has scored 26 goals for Sevilla this season, then scored his first by tactical positioning in the middle of Dnipro’s central defenders to receive a great pass but had to round the goal keeper to put it in, on the 27th minute. Dnipro would not go down without a fight as they tucked in a classy free kick to set the game at 2-2, although more effort would have been put by the wall and the keeper to stop it from going in.
Being the first time they were in the Europa league final after seeing off Napoli in the Semi finals, they put in a strong effort, their strong defense being their strongest link as witnessed in Napoli, but could not stop the lethal Bacca from finishing the game on the 72nd minute after a blander by the Dnipro defense which saw him get the ball past the keeper to the back of the net with a neat touch.
In a game that saw quite a number of yellow cards handed to players of both sides, including Bacca for taking time with his celebration, saw Dnipro’s midfielder Metheus collapse on the pitch and was taken away on a stretcher, a slight collision upon fighting for an air ball being the most probable on-pitch cause.
Sevilla have now won the cup four times, more times than any other club in Europe, thus booking a slot in the Champions league next season.
By Humphrey Ngugi