Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Villareal beat Manchester United to win the Europa League

Manchester United failed to end the season with silverware as they fell behind Villarreal who clinched the Europa League title.

The results gave the Spaniards a direct entry to the Champions League even though they finished the season in 7th position following a 2-1 defeat by Real Madrid.

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After a 1-1 at the end of regular and extra time, the match was decided on penalties behind thousand of fans, football legends and families from both sides who were all present on Wednesday.

Gerard Moreno opened the scoring for the Spaniard tapping home past David De Gea who failed to clear the soft tap in the 29th minute of the clash.

Despite the financial position of the two clubs, Manchester United failed to overturn the results even though they have highly talented players like Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

They however drew things level in the 55th minute when Edison Cavani converted a Marcus Rashford effort which was blocked and fell on his legs from close range.

Even after the extra time, both sides could not record any wins forcing the clash to an epic shootout. Both sides netted their chances including Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli who scored before denying David De Gea.

Celebrations broke out as tears of joy went down Villarreal players who earned their first major European trophy in their history under former Arsenal coach Unai Emery. Emery extended his unbeaten run against Manchester United.

It was another year, the fourth one in a row for Manchester United to end the season without silverware as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted it was an unsuccessful season in charge.

Alex Kiprop
News Moto sports correspondent. Catch up the latest results when they happen and as they happen, locally and international

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