SEVILLA RETAIN THE EUROPA LEAGUE WHILE MAGIC MESSI DAZZLES THE COPA DEL REY
THE SPANISH WEEK IN REVIEW
Two cup finals, two Spanish winners.
Sevilla won the Europa League in style and Barcelona won the Copa del Rey with more devastating, winning football, topped by yet another wonder goal from Lionel Messi.
With the King in attendance, the Spanish national Agen Dominoqq anthem was booed however by separatist-minded supporters filling the Camp Nou on Saturday. Spain briefly seemed the sum of its parts. So perhaps it was Andalucia who won the Europa League, while Catalonia beat the Basque Country for the Copa del Rey.
SEVILLA WIN IN WARSAW
Sevilla got the ball rolling by defending their Europa League trophy in Warsaw, defeating Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-2 on aggregate. It was an open and entertaining encounter, with four first-half goals, but the better team won in the end.
The Spaniards enjoyed 58% of the ball overall and outshot the Ukrainians 18 to 12 but overall looked to have the edge in technique and consistent quality.
Carlos Bacca was the star of the night, scoring twice to turn the tie after Dnipro had taken a seventh-minute lead through a Nikola Kalinic header, although local boy Grzegorz Krychowiak will have relished drawing Sevilla level just short of the half hour in front of 45,000 in Poland’s national stadium.
Bacca’s second, as the ball fell loose to him on the edge of the box, was …Read More