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EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL: Man United lose on penalties

EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL: Man United lose on penalties

 

The Europa League Final ended in penalties and Manchester United were beaten by Villarreal after an incredible shootout finished 11-10.

David de Gea missed the only penalty in the shootout after everyone else on the pitch had scored.

Villarreal took the lead through Gerard Moreno in the first half.

A clever free-kick found the striker in the area and he got enough on the ball as he stretched to beat David de Gea.

Raul Albiol held off the marker while the 29-year old netted his 30th goal of the season.

In the second half, they were level through Edinson Cavani.

Luke Shaw's corner was headed clear but only as far as Marcus Rashford.

The winger blasted an effort from distance which pinged and pinballed around the area.

Eventually, it fell to Cavani inside the area who made no mistake and levelled proceedings in Gdansk.

United dominated most of the second half but couldn't find a second goal.

A late free-kick for the Spaniards in a similar position to their opener came and went without much fuss.

The game then went to extra time with no winner decided in normal time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made no changes in the opening 90 minutes and didn't opt to bring on a substitute until 100 minutes in.

Fred was brought on to replace Mason Greenwood with Villarreal in the ascendency.

He gave United a more solid base to work from and prevented their opponents from continuing to attack.

Although, he almost gave a penalty away late on which VAR checked but didn't award.

Marcus Rashford almost had a chance to make it 2-1 United after Villarreal failed to deal with a long ball forward.

Geronimo Rulli came out to prevent the England forward from getting a chance on goal.

Rashford went down shortly after the incident.

The injury will be monitored by Gareth Southgate who names his England squad on June 1st.

No further clear cut chances came in extra time and it took penalties to separate the sides.

United lost the toss for choice of ends but forced their opponents to go first.

Moreno sent de Gea the wrong way on the first penalty.

Substitute Juan Mata was first up for United and he scored much like he did at Molineux on the final day.

At 1-1, Dani Raba stepped up and put Villarreal in front once again.

Alex Telles, a late sub like Mata, made no mistake with his penalty to keep it all level at two apiece.

David de Gea got a hand to Paco Alcacer's penalty, but not enough to stop him from making it 3-2.

United penalty taker Bruno Fernandes' spot-kick was eerily similar - a keepers hand couldn't prevent it going in.

Ex-Liverpool man Alberto Moreno blasted in to make it 4-3 before Rashford made it 4-4.

Dani Parejo stepped up for the Spanish side and beat de Gea to put pressure on United.

Cavani seemed like the pressure meant nothing to him as he rifled in to make it 5-all.

Moi Gomez was the sixth Villarreal penalty taker and took a risk hitting it down the middle but scored.

Fred was the man next up and he just beat the diving Rulli to keep it all square.

Centre-back Raul Albiol sent de Gea the wrong way to make it 7-6.

Dan James did the same thing to Rulli to make sure United stayed alive in the Europa League final.

Former Arsenal man Francis Coquelin then put the ball into the top right corner to put Villarreal ahead once more.

They almost won it when Luke Shaw's penalty was saved by Rulli but somehow ended up in the net.

Mario Gaspar made it 9-8 despite de Gea getting fingertips to the strike before Axel Tuanzebe made it 9-9.

Pau Torres was next for Villarreal and he put it out of the reach of the United goalkeeper.

At 10-9, Viktor Lindelof stepped up for the Red Devils and he scored too.

All 20 penalties went in, meaning the keepers were next up.

Rulli blasted his spot-kick into the top corner but de Gea missed and Villarreal had won.


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