Sevilla made an extraordinary achievement when it became the first club to achieve three successive Europa League title wins, including its most recent victory against Liverpool on Wednesday.
CNN reported that the Spanish football club defeated Liverpool 3-1 in Basel, Switzerland. Kevin Gameiro cancelled out Daniel Sturridge’s excellently managed first half strike before Coke’s brace completed Sevilla’s success.
Coke’s second goal on 70 minutes was controversial. Liverpool players claimed that the Sevilla captain was offside before he fired beyond Simon Mignolet.
Although the linesman initially raised his flag, the decision was immediately overruled. This was when referee Jonas Eriksson agreed that the ball deflected off midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool players made their complaints known. However, the decision of the officials has already been made. Despite the controversy, Sevilla fully deserved its title.
This victory is the club’s fifth Europa League success in 11 years. The club also qualified for the Champions League next season.
On the other hand, Liverpool will not be able to compete in the European League next year because of its poor performance in the English Premier League this season. Liverpool finished a mere 8th in the competition this season.
BBC reported that Liverpool should have been more motivated to win the game. Unfortunately, they have lost the chance to compete in European football. This added another disappointment to Jurgen Klopp. The Liverpool boss has already lost five consecutive finals with Liverpool and Dortmund.
Liverpool will still remain attractive to topnotch players but an essential piece in their transfer strategy has been erased by this loss.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner said, “We didn’t do ourselves justice. We didn’t think about the Champions League; it was about winning this trophy. We didn’t manage to get over the line.”
Sevilla’s latest victory proved itself as the most successful club in the history of the Europa League.