Europa League final: Liverpool 1 Sevilla 3 – As it happened

Date published: Wednesday 18th May 2016 6:31

Kevin Gameiro: Striker celebrates equaliser

Relive all the action as Sevilla came back from a goal down at half-time to beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Europa League final. Tweet us your reaction @TEAMtalk.


– Thanks for joining us for coverage of the Europa League final tonight.  Liverpool’s future may look bright under Jurgen Klopp, but Sevilla were worthy winners.



– Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, insists he is responsible for his side’s defeat. Read what the Liverpool boss had to say here.


– Read Milner’s full reaction to the defeat here.


– Thankfully Milner wasn’t quite this harsh, although it wouldn’t have been far from the truth. Surely Moreno can’t start next season as Liverpool’s first-choice left-back?


– Liverpool captain James Milner delivers a frank assessment on his team’s display: “I don’t think we started well in the first half. Once we got into the game we played well. It’s devastating. We didn’t play anywhere near our abilities. We were ready. Everyone was switched on but we didn’t show that and gave a sloppy goal away.”


– Philippe Coutinho may have had a quiet match, but he deserves some credit for trying – albeit failing – to put a brave face on when one supporter asks for the most awkward selfie of all time.


– Sevilla have clearly impressed Gary Linekar.


Full-time! Sevilla win 3-1! The Spanish outfit have now won three in a row. A remarkable achievement. Liverpool dominated the first half and should have been further ahead at the break, but never recovered after conceding straight from the kick-off at the beginning of the second stanza. By the end of the match Sevilla were worthy winners.


– Emre Can drives forward before blazing a pass straight into touch. Four minutes added on. It’s hard to emphasis just how much this match has changed since the interval.


– 88 minutes gone. Sevilla replace goalscorer Kevin Gameiro, who could have had a hat-trick, with Vicente Iborra.


– A little poem to sum up this second half quite aptly.


– Christian Benteke is now on, having replaced Kolo Toure, who could have just played his final match for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp is getting desperate here.


– Philippe Coutinho tries to spark his side into life, but his shot from the edge of the area goes over. The Brazilian has been quiet tonight.


– 77 minutes gone and Sevilla make a change. Adil Rami departs, and is booked after taking a bit too long walking off the pitch. Time running out for Sturridge et al.


– Joe Allen now comes on to replace Adam Lallana, who was the best player on the pitch in the first half. The two teams are unrecognisable from the first 45 minutes. Liverpool now cannot get a foothold in the game, while Sevilla look brilliantly assured.


GOAL! And it’s 3-1 to Sevilla! The ball ricochets fortuitously to Coke, and Mignolet can’t keep the midfielder’s shot out. There are suspicions offside, much to the anger of the Liverpool bench, but the ball seemed to have come off a Reds player. Klopp is animated on the sidelines, urging a reaction from his players.


– That was a sublime goal from Sevilla, who are showing exactly why they have won the last two Europa League finals. Jurgen Klopp turns to Divock Origi, bringing the Belgian striker on in place of Roberto Firmino, who has been subdued tonight. 68 minutes played.


GOAL! And Sevilla do take the lead! What a turnaround. Slick interplay leads to the ball presenting itself to Coke, and the midfielder produces a superb finish to find the bottom corner from the edge of the area.


CHANCE! Sevilla should have taken the lead! N’Zonzi flicks the ball on, but Gameiro can only volley straight at Mignolet when unmarked inside the area. Fortunately for Liverpool, the striker didn’t catch that cleanly.


– A picture says a thousand words, apparently. I can think of a couple of words the Liverpool players’ facial expressions say in this. Sadly I can’t repeat them here.

Kevin Gameiro


– Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is happy for his compatriot.


– 51 minutes played and Liverpool are starting to regain their composure after that whirlwind start to the second half. But Lovren and Toure still look shaky, with Gameiro starting to look very dangerous for the Spanish outfit. Divock Origi is starting to warm up and could enter the fray shortly.


CHANCE! How the tides have turned! Gameiro is played through and only a brilliant last ditch tackle from Kolo Toure stops the striker from scoring.


GOAL! Sevilla equalise straight from the kick-off! Alberto Moreno gets beaten by Mariano, who plays the ball across goal to leave Gameiro with a tap in! Exactly the start Sevilla wanted, but Liverpool have already been made to rue their first-half missed chances.


– And here is that goal. Sit back, watch, enjoy. Repeat.


HALF-TIME: Liverpool lead 1-0 thanks to Daniel Sturridge’s fabulous finish. The Reds have been thoroughly impressive, with reigning champions Sevilla hardly being given a sniff. In truth, Liverpool should be further ahead, will they be made to regret not taking more of their chances?


CHANCE! Clyne – another player in a Red shirt having a fine match – fires a superb ball across the face of the Sevilla goal, which Sturridge comes agonisingly close to meeting. Surely any kind of touch would have made it 2-0.


RULED OUT! Liverpool have their tails up now, and Nathaniel Clyne streaks away up the right flank – where he has found plenty of joy. The full-back finds Lallana, whose shot is blocked and goes out for a corner. Dejan Lovren meets James Milner’s corner, but an offside Sturridge can’t resist flicking his boot towards the ball and the goal is disallowed.


GOAL! Liverpool lead 1-0 and it’s that man Daniel Sturridge! The England striker picks up the ball on the edge of the box and produces a stunning finish with the outside of that wonderful left foot!


CHANCE! Kevin Gameiro has Sevilla’s first attempt of the night, as his ambitious overhead kick flashes just wide. Great effort from the Spanish side’s danger man.


– Poor tackle from Dejan Lovren earns the defender the first yellow card of the evening. Sevilla were on the break but it was a silly tackle.


CHANCE! Lallana, who has looked bright so far, plays in Sturridge, but Soria does well to close down the angle and stop the striker’s shot. Encouraging signs for the Reds though, who have the better of things after 25 minutes.


– 15 minutes played and Liverpool have settled really well. Roberto Firmino has a penalty shout for handball turned down, but Adam Lallana and co are pressing well and looking threatening on the break.


CHANCE! Nathaniel Clyne puts a great cross to the back post, Daniel Sturridge heads back across goal but Evar Banega clears as the ball bobbles towards the goal. 10 minutes played.


– Simon Mignolet has just caught a cross. I repeat, Simon Mignolet has just caught a cross. Is that a sign the footballing gods smiling on Liverpool tonight?


– Seven minutes in and Emre Can has the first attempt at goal. The midfielder forces David Soria into a comfortable save with a strike from all of 30 yards. Referee Jonas Eriksson, meanwhile, has proven to be quick on the whistle so far.


KICK-OFF: The teams are out. You’ll Never Walk Alone being belted out around St Jakob-Park. And Liverpool get proceedings underway.


– Just under 10 minutes to go until kick-off. Here’s a reminder of the two teams for tonight.


– There has been some slight crowd trouble between the two sets of fans, with only three stewards separating supporters behind the tunnel. Thankfully it has now subsided. Hopefully that’s the end of it.


– Jurgen Klopp has restored belief to the red half of Merseyside this season, and his finest hour to date came in the dramatic comeback against former club Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final. Relive the action here – go on, you know you want to:


– The match looks set to be played in typically English conditions, which you would think should suit Liverpool, although their players don’t seem too happy about it from the sound of things.


SEVILLA TEAM NEWS: Former Stoke and Blackburn midfielder Stephen N’Zonzi starts alongside reported Arsenal target Grzegorz Krychowiak in midfielder.


LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS: Jurgen Klopp opts for the same starting XI which beat Villarreal in the second leg of the semi-final, with Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi named on the bench.

– Welcome to our live coverage of the Europa League final. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool go into the match as slight favourites, but Sevilla are aiming to win the competition for the third-consecutive year. What are your predictions? Tweet us @TEAMtalk and let us know!

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