2020-2021 Europa League Final: Through Penalty Shootout, Villarreal Conquers Man United


Europa League Final


The duel between Villarreal and Manchester United in the 2020-2021 Europa League final was fierce. The Yellow Submarine finally came out as champions through a tight penalty shootout.

In the match which took place at Miejski Stadium, Thursday (27/5) at Midnight IST, Villarreal and Manchester United drew 1-1 until normal time ended. Both teams also failed to score an additional goal in the extra time so the winner had to be determined on penalties.

Villarreal and Manchester United played cautiously at the start of the match. This made it difficult for both teams to create opportunities to score goals.

The first golden opportunity was created by Manchester United when the game entered the 20th minute. Utilizing the rebound, Luke Shaw fired a horizontal shot which unfortunately was still wide of the Villarreal goal under Geronimo Rulli's control.

More often than not, Villarreal was able to steal a goal in the 29th minute. Starting from the execution of Daniel Parejo's free-kick, Gerard Moreno was able to cheat towards Manchester United's goal without being able to anticipate David De Gea.

Europa League Final goals


In the remainder of the first half, Manchester United tried hard to equalize. However, the efforts of Paul Pogba and his friends did not produce results so that the 1-0 score for Villarreal's advantage lasted until the break.

Manchester United appeared to kick off at the start of the second half. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team was able to equalize in the 55th minute through Edinson Cavani's goal taking advantage of the chaos in front of the Villarreal goal.

This goal sparked the enthusiasm of the Manchester United players. Two minutes later, Bruno Fernandes almost reversed his position if his hard shot didn't go wide.

Europa League Final cavani goal


In the 71st minute, Manchester United created another golden opportunity. However, Cavani's header was still able to be blocked by Pau Torres in front of the goal.

Manchester United continued to control the match. But the English giants' efforts to score the winning goal never came to fruition.

Villarreal almost stole the winning goal in injury time. Unfortunately, Pau Torres's shot just bounced over the bar.

The 1-1 score finally lasted until the second half ended. The lag was forced to continue to an extension of time.

The extra round of time is more balanced. Villarreal began to dare to come out to attack after being pressed for almost 90 minutes.

Villarreal had a golden opportunity through Paco Alcacer and Alberto Moreno. But the second shot was inaccurate.

Decreasing stamina made the tempo of the game slow down in two streaks of extra time. This made the two teams still fail to add to their scoring treasury so that the match continued on to penalties.

Penalty Shootout


No different from the duel at normal time, the penalty shootout was also fierce.

Villarreal's first five kickers successfully carried out their duties perfectly. Likewise with Manchester United's penalty executioner.

The same situation continued until the tenth kicker. There are no executors who have failed to score a goal.

Drama is presented when the goalkeeper of both teams becomes the eleventh executor. Rulli was able to beat De Gea with a hard shot.

On the other hand, De Gea's shot was pushed over by Rulli. Villarreal also won the Europa League title.

Lineups of Players


Villarreal (4-4-2) : Geronimo Rulli; Juan Foyth (Mario Gaspar 88 '), Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza (Alberto Moreno 88'); Yeremi Pino (Paco Alcacer 77 '), Daniel Parejo, Etienne Capoue (Daniel Raba 120'), Yeremi Pino, Manuel Trigueros (Moi Gomez 77 '); Gerard Moreno, Carlos Bacca (Francis Coquelin 60 ').

Coach: Unai Emery.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1) : David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Alex Telles 120 '), Eric Bailly (Axel Tuanzebe 116'), Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay (Juan Mata 120 '), Paul Pogba (Daniel James 116'); Mason Greenwood (Fred 100 '), Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Edinson Cavani.

Coach : Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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