Despite their impressive financial records, yet another Liverpool season has come to an abysmal end, as the Reds missed out on their last chance to secure European football next year, following a disappointing performance in the Europa League final.
First-half marred by dubious refereeing
However, the Reds started off brightly, creating several chances and frequently coming into dangerous areas as they threatened to take an early lead. Sevilla may have been lucky to avoid conceding a penalty, two or perhaps even three, in the latter stages of the first half, but even that was not enough to earn them a draw going into the break. Ten minutes before the break, Daniel Sturridge received the ball just inside the penalty area and produced a moment of pure magic as he placed a wonderful curler into the far left corner.
Liverpool continued to threaten, but were unable to find another breakthrough and the first half ended in a 1-0 lead.
Liverpool fall apart in the second half
Nevertheless, it took only 16 seconds for Liverpool to outdo themselves in the second half, as Sevilla launched a quick attack, catching the Liverpool defense unprepared, and grabbing an early equalizer. The Spaniards continued to pressure the shaky Liverpool defense and created several promising opportunities before a wonderful bit of action released Coke on the edge of the box -- the Spaniard smashed the ball into the far corner, leaving Simon Mignolet helpless on the line.
The constant pressure on the Liverpool defense quickly ended in yet another forced error and Coke was once again provided with a clear goal-scoring chance. Needless to say, Mignolet was helpless and the score was 3-1. Jurgen Klopp tried to turn things around by sending on Divock Origi and Joe Allen, but neither of them produced anything remotely useful in the last 15 minutes, as Sevilla continued to threaten and pressure the Reds. Having shut down Liverpool, Sevilla passed the ball around the pitch, patiently waiting for the game to end.
Sevilla continued its dominance
Thanks to their second-half comeback, the Spanish outfit has now managed to win the Europa League for the third time in a row. However, perhaps even more incredible is the fact that Sevilla has now won the Europa League five times in the last ten years. Yes, you read that correctly — Sevilla has basically won the Europa League once every two seasons. #Soccer #Sports Highlights