Liverpool 1 - 3 Sevilla, Europa League Final 2016

Liverpool 1 - 3 Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League final in Basel. Sevilla won their third consecutive Europa League trophy at St Jakob-Park.

Venue

The St. Jakob-Park was announced as the venue of the final back in 2014. This will be the first European club final hosted at the stadium.

The stadium, nicknamed "Joggeli" by fans, was built in 1998 and opened in 2001, and is the home stadium of Basel. The capacity of the stadium is 38,512.

The teams

Sevilla are the most successful team in the history of the UEFA Cup/Europa League, with four titles, while Liverpool in second place together with Inter and Juventus, with three titles each.

This will be the first european confrontation between the two teams. Neither side have lost in a UEFA Cup/Europa League final before.

Liverpool won finals in 1973, 1976, and 2001. Overall, this is their 12th final in a European competition, with five wins in the European Cup/Champions League.

Sevilla won two times two consecutive titles before this final in 2006, 2007 and 2014, 2015. They are the first team to reach five overall finals and three consecutive finals, and have a chance to set a record with five overall and three consecutive titles.

Liverpool - road to the final

Liverpool was part of the Group B in Europa League, together with FC Sion, FC Rubin Kazan and FC Girondins de Bordeaux, finishing the group in first place with 10 points.

# Team MP W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 Liverpool
6 2 4 0 6 4 2 10
2 FC Sion
6 2 3 1 5 5 0 9
3 Rubin
6 1 3 2 6 6 0 6
4 Bordeaux
6 0 4 2 5 7 -2 4

Then in the knockout rounds they faced german side Augsburg then their Premier League rivals Manchester United. A spectacular confrontation was with Borussia Dortmund to reach the semi-final, and in the semi-final they knocked out Villarreal.

The knockout round results:

Round Team AGG 1. Leg 2. Leg
1/16 Augsburg
1-0 0-0 1-0
1/8 Man. United
3-1 2-0 1-1
1/4 Dortmund
5-4 1-1 4-3
1/2 Villarreal
3-1 0-1 3-0

Sevilla - road to the final

Thanks to their 2015 Europa League win, they qualified for the Group Stage of the Champions League where Sevilla played against Manchester City, Juventus and Mönchengladbach finishing the group in third place with place with 6 points.

# Team MP W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 Man. City
6 4 0 2 12 8 4 12
2 Juventus
6 3 2 1 3 3 3 10
3 Sevilla
6 2 0 4 8 11 -3 6
4 M'gladbach
6 1 2 3 8 12 -4 5

In the knockout rounds they faced Molde, Basel, Athletic Bilbao and then their Premier League rivals Manchester United. A spectacular confrontation was with Borussia Dortmund to reach the semi-final, and in the semi-final they knocked out Villarreal.

The knockout round results:

Round Team AGG 1. Leg 2. Leg
1/16 Molde
3-1 3-0 0-1
1/8 Basel
3-0 0-0 3-0
1/4 At. Bilbao
3-3(P) 2-1 1-2
1/2 Shakhtar
5-3 2-2 3-1

The Final

Liverpool

First eleven: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Toure, Moreno, Milner, Can, Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho, Sturridge.

Substitutes: Ward, Benteke, Henderson, Lucas, Allen, Origi, Skrtel.

Sevilla

First eleven: Soria, Mariano, Rami, Carrico, Escudero, Krychowiak, Nzonzi, Coke, Banega, Vitolo, Gameiro.

Substitutes: Sergio Rico, Kolodzieczak, Iborra, Cristoforo, Pareja, Konoplyanka, Llorente.

The first few minutes the two teams were testing each other, and it took 8 minutes for the first opportunity, Emre Can had a good scoring opportunity, he creates himself some space and tried his luck from distance, but David Soria who made a great save.

Then in the 26th minute Daniel Sturridge headed a ball goalwards, but one of Sevilla's defenders was in the right place at the right time and makes a vital clearance.

Sevilla's reply came by Kevin Gameiro in the 32th minute, when he made space inside the box for a shot but his effort went just wide of the left post.

It was Daniel Sturridge who opened the scoreline for Liverpool, with a nice strike into the right side of the goal from Philippe Coutinho's pass.

Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool

Sturridge, Liverpool's key man in the first half. (Source: GettyImages)

A perfect start of the second half for Sevilla and after just one minute Mariano passed the ball to Kevin Gameiro who had an easy task scoring the equaliser.

It's a different game in the second half, Sevilla is on the attack and only Simon Mignolet's superb goalkeeping saved the Reds on Gameiro's close-range effort

And the goal came for Sevilla in the 64th minute, when Coke found the net with a great shot from Victor Vitolo's pass and it was 2-1 for Sevilla.

After just 6 minutes, it was Sevilla who scored again by Coke who was the quickest to react to a rebound and sent the ball into the back of the net.

Liverpool was not able to come back from this two goal handicap, Sevilla defended well in the remaining 20 minutes. After the final whistle Sevilla can celebrate again.

Coke - Sevilla

Coke, celebrating his second goal. (Source: GettyImages)

The final result:

LIV 1 - 3 SEV

Match statistics:

Goal attempts

Liverpool Off target
10
Sevilla Off target
9
Liverpool On target
4
sevilla On target
4
Posession(%)
48
52
Corners
4
7
Fouls
18
9
Offsides
1
3

It's a new record from Sevilla with an incredible 3 consecutive Europa League trophies and a total of 5.

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