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Europa Final Cup: Man United 1 – 1 Villareal (10 – 11 penalties)

Europa Final Cup: Man United 1 – 1 Villareal (10 – 11 penalties). Goalkeeper De Gea saw his penalty saved as Man United lose Europa Final Trophy to Villareal. Goalkeeper David de Gea saw his penalty saved in an epic shootout as Villarreal beat Manchester United to win the Europa League. ith the game tied at 1-1 after extra time, both sides converted their first 10 penalties meaning the goalkeepers had to step up and take the 11th spot-kicks.

Geronimo Rulli was the hero, firing his penalty beyond De Gea before keeping out the Spain international’s low effort. Villarreal have won the Europa League on penalties, prevailing in an extraordinary, 22-penalty shootout against Manchester United. David de Gea missed the crucial kick after 21 perfect penalties to hand the Spanish side their first major trophy.

The final in Gdansk ended 1-1 after extra time, with Edinson Cavani cancelling out Gerard Moreno’s opener inside 90 minutes. Villarreal took the lead on 29 minutes with their first clear-cut opportunity. There seemed little danger when Cavani conceded a free kick 40 yards out, but Dani Parejo’s long ball caught the United defence cold – particularly Victor Lindelöf, who allowed Moreno space to fire past David de Gea.

United struggled to open up their well-drilled opponents throughout the first half and Villarreal almost made it 2-0 moments after the resumption, but Carlos Bacca was unable to scramble the ball home. United rediscovered their rhythm and levelled in the 55th minute. Marcus Rashford’s shot from a corner rebounded to Cavani, who made no mistake from six yards out.

United looked the more likely side to prevail inside 90 minutes after Cavani’s leveller, but the Spanish side held on and had the better of an extra-time period, although chances were at a premium as the game headed towards an inevitable shootout, which provided far more drama than the 120 minutes that came before.

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