By Alan Duffy
Sevilla made it a record-breaking four Europa League title successes after beating Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in a cracking final in Warsaw.
Former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic opened the scoring for the Ukrainians after just seven minutes,
The Spaniards improved and levelled the scores just before the half-hour mark when Grzegorz Krychowiak fired home after Dnipro had failed to clear a corner.
Sevilla then went ahead when Carlos Bacca rounded the ‘keeper and slotted home after a superb through-ball from former Arsenal man Jose Antonio Reyes.
However there was still one more goal to come in a fantastic first-half, with Ruslan Rotan’s superb free-kick making it 2-2 just before the break.
The second-half failed to match the first-period’s high tempo, but eventually the winning goal came on 73 minutes, with Colombian Bacca (who was working as a bus driver’s assistant in his homeland just eight years ago!) bagging his second of the night.
Dnipro couldn’t find a reply to Sevilla’s third goal, leaving the Spaniards to retain their Europa League title and win their fourth Europa League/UEFA Cup, a record in the competition. The victory also sees Sevilla gain the added bonus of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
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