Vitolo crowned Europa League champion with Sevilla (0-0 / 4-2)

Europa Press
14-05-2014 |

Sevilla defended doggedly in a 0-0 draw before beating Benfica 4-2 on penalties to win the Europa League for the third time on Wednesday as the final curse of Bela Guttmann continued to haunt the Portuguese side.

Beaten 2-1 at the death by Chelsea in the same game 12 months ago, Benfica slumped to their eighth successive European final loss, putting a dampener on what had been a triumphant season.

Benfica had the best of the opening 90 minutes but failed to take their chances and the confidence seemed to ooze away from them in extra-time.

The writing appeared to be on the wall when Sevilla won the toss before the penalties and chose the end in front of their fans.

Paraguay striker Oscar Cardozo, who has had an unhappy season and missed a penalty for his country in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final against Spain, took a stuttering run-up before Benfica's second penalty was saved by Beto.

Beto also stopped Benfica's next spot-kick, a half-hearted Rodrigo effort, although the Sevilla goalkeeper appeared to move well off his line on each occasion.

Kevin Gameiro then fired home Sevilla's fourth to clinch their third Europe League/UEFA Cup title.

- Match stats:

SEVILLA: Beto; Coke, Pareja, Fazio, Alberto Moreno; Mbia, Carrico; Reyes (Marko Marin, min.78 (Gameiro, min.104)), Rakitic, Vitolo (Figueiras, min.110); Bacca.

BENFICA: Oblak; Maxi Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Siqueira (Cardozo, min.99); Amorim, André Gomes, Nico Gaitán (Cavaleiro, min.119); Sulejmani (André Almeida, min.25), Lima y Rodrigo.

Penalty shoot-out (4-2):

0 - 1, Lima, goal.
1 - 1, Bacca, goal.
1 - 1, Cardozo, miss.
2 - 1, Mbia, goal.
2 - 1, Rodrigo, miss.
3 - 1, Coke, goal.
3 - 2, Luisao, goal.
4 - 2, Gameiro, goal.

REFEREE: Felix Brych (GER). Bookings: Fazio (min.11), Alberto Moreno (min.13), Coke (min.98); Siqueira (min.30), Almeida (min.100).ç

STADIUM: Juventus Stadium.

- Match report by Reuters.