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Europa League: Sevilla 0-0 Benfica (4-2 Pens) – Guttmann’s Curse Continues For Eagles As Sevilla Secure Shoot-Out Victory (Photos & Highlights)

By Alan Duffy

Sevilla 0-0 Benfica (4-2 pens) – Europa League Final – 14th May 2014


Poor old Benfica’s Euro-curse reared it’s ugly head once again as Sevilla won the Europa League final in Turin on penalties, making it eight straight European finals that the Portuguese giants have lost.

Benfica were the better of the two sides over the whole of the 120 minutes although Colombian striker Carlos Bacca did miss a great late chance to win the game for Sevilla. However, ultimately it was a penalty shoot-put which would settle things, although in my opinion the bizarre bright red elbow patches the Sevilla staff wore on their jackets deserved to win them the whole thing.

The shoot-out was a rather one-sided affair with veteran Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo both missing with their spot-kicks for Benfica while each one of Sevilla’s penalty takers finished superbly, including Stephane M’Bia on loan from QPR!

I suggest Benfica hire Derek Acorah ahead of next season to rid the club of the ghost of Bela Guttmann.

(FYI:  Benfica’s Hungarian coach of the early sixties, Bela Guttmann, led the side to back-to-back European Cups. He left the Stadium of Light shortly after the second of those triumphs after being refused a pay rise for his achievements, before declaring that Benfica would never win another European competition without him at the helm.

Seven defeats in major European finals later have led one or two people at the Portuguese club to think there might be something in “Guttmann’s curse” after all…)



Photos: PA

Highlights:  Dailymotion

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By Alan Duffy on May 14th, 2014 in Europa League, Newsnow, Videos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

3 Responses to “Europa League: Sevilla 0-0 Benfica (4-2 Pens) – Guttmann’s Curse Continues For Eagles As Sevilla Secure Shoot-Out Victory (Photos & Highlights)”

  1. Booms says:

    Fair play to Sevilla…… But how far off his line was Beto for the penalty saves !? shocking refereeing … im just sewing red elbow patches on all my clothes here :)

  2. Matt in Chattanooga says:

    amazing how far Beto came off his line for his penalty saves! how does the ref allow this?!!? say what you will, but being 2 steps off your line makes a HUGE difference to allow him to make those saves. I feel sorry for Benfica as it seems they lost on unjust saves that should have been taken over again.

  3. derek says:

    Dont really care who won but I’m so glad those two clowns from Benfica missed their penalties with that stupid “stutter step” technique. Take a run at it and hit the ball like a man!

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