🏆 CHAMPIONS!!! Villarreal beat Man United 11-10 on penalties to win Europa League title

🏆 CHAMPIONS!!! Villarreal beat Man United 11-10 on penalties to win Europa League title

Villarreal won the 2020/21 Europa League trophy after beating Manchester United 11-10 on penalties after a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night in Gdansk, Poland. 

Gerrard Morreno gave the Spanish side the lead in the first half, but Edinson Cavani equalised in the second period to send the match into extra time. 

David de Gea started in goal ahead of Dean Henderson, with Eric Bailly playing in place of Harry Maguire, who is still out with an ankle injury. 

The Yellow Submarines started the match brightly, easily moving the ball in the middle of the park with Dani Parejo at the heart of the passing. 

United slowly found their way back into the game and had an effort on goal in the seventh minute, but Scott McTominay's shot from 20 yards out skidded inches wide of the post. 

Both teams had half-chances to open the scores, with the Spanish side coming the closest in the 23rd minute after Carlos Bacca managed to dribble into the box and fashioned a Rabona to clip the ball into the box, which Trigueros won with his back to goal but couldn't force an attempt on target. 

It did not take long for the opener to arrive though, and it did just before the half-hour. 

Cavani gave away a needless foul about 35 yards out on Parejo, who stepped up and delivered a juicy ball into the danger area.

Moreno watched the cross and managed to hold Lindelof and easily forced an effort past De Gea from about 10 yards out.

A now panicked Man United limped in the last quarter of an hour but came close to pulling level just before the break after Mason Greenwood sprinted down the right past Pedraza and got into the box, but his ball meant for Cavani was diverted by Albiol with his goalkeeper making a save from six yards out. 

Villarreal could have doubled their lead three minutes after the re-start but failed to take a clear chance. United failed to defend their box with any authority, with Bailly failing to clear a free-kick which fell invitingly for Becca, but red shirts eventually managed to clear.

United appealed for a penalty in the 50th minute after Greenwood went into a 50-50 with Torres and, but the VAR check agreed with the referee that despite contact, there was no penalty. 

Solskajer's side then pulled level in the 55th minute as when Rashford's long-range shot, having taken a few deflections along the way, fell to Cavani from eight yards and he easily fired home.

They then almost took the lead in the 57th minute but Fernandes's effort flashed inches wide. 

United pleaded for yet another penalty after Fernandes' cross seemed to hit Foyth's arm, but there was no penalty. 

Rashford then missed a sitter with 20 minutes to go, failing to tap into the net after a neat cross from Fernandes from the wing. 

Despite both teams creating half-chances in the last quarter, none could find the winner, forcing the game to go into extra time. 

The two sides showed their prowess in penalty-taking, scoring an astonishing 21 out of 22 penalties. 

David de Gea missed the all-important kick with Villarreal having successfully converted all their 11 kicks.  

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