Sevilla have done it — they have won the Europa League title for an unprecedented sixth time. No club has won the Europa League, formerly UEFA Cup, more times than the Andalusian side. The match was a five goal thriller, with Sevilla securing the 3-2 victory after a second half deflected bicycle kick goal from Diego Carlos.
Sergio Reguilon started at his favored left back position and was involved right from the first whistle. The fullback drew a couple of early fouls and was a thorn in Inter’s side. Despite the positive start personally for Reguilon, his center-back counter part, Diego Carlos, failed to deal with the threat of Lukaku. The Brazilian stomped his studs on the forward’s calf before taking him down in the box - a clear penalty was rewarded to Inter Milan. Lukaku would score the penalty, but Sevilla responded with 2 goals from Luuk De Jong. Diego Godin would then score from a set-piece, getting the better of Diego Carlos in an aerial duel, to leave the teams deadlocked heading into the second half.
The match overall was a tense and feisty affair, temperatures were high on both sides. Reguilon nearly scored what would have been the goal of the season in the 56th minute. After receiving the ball from a switch of play, the fullback galloped down the flank and eventually made his way into the box where Diego Godin waited. A scoop over Godin’s foot and subtle change of pace saw Reguilon break away from the Uruguayan and produce enough space to unleash a shot which rifled into the side net. The Real Madrid Caterano was desperately close to putting his side in front.
Ultimately, it would Diego Carlos that scored the winner — redeeming himself from his early mistakes. It is silverware for Reguilon in his second full season as a top flight professional and it is redemption for former Real Madrid coach, Julen Lopetegui, who is taken this team to new highs.
Reguilon’s game by the numbers:
Ground Duels (won): 6(6)
Was fouled: 2
Passing: 24 (75% PA)
Key Passes: 2
Dribbles Completed: 1