The final two teams left standing in the Europa League will do battle in Friday to determine which team will be the one to walk away with the prestigious trophy. Inter Milan and Sevilla have both overcome huge challenges to reach this stage of the competition, but which of them will be able to make the final jump?
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Inter Milan and Sevilla are two of the most recognisable clubs in European football, and both are deserving of their place in the final of this competition. Sevilla are the most successful team in the history of the Europa League, as they have won the competition on five previous occasions, while Inter Milan are looking for their first silverware in ten years.
Sevilla were the first side to book their place in the final, as they overcome a stern challenge from Manchester United in the semi-final. The Red Devils had the lion share of the ball, and had the better chances throughout the game. However, United didn’t take their chances are were made to rue them. The Red Devils opened the scoring from the penalty spot inside ten minutes through Bruno Fernandes, but the Spanish side forced their way back into the game.
Suso smashed the La Liga outfit level after 25 minutes. Sevilla rode a storm of United attacks early in the second half and were clinical when they were given a chance. They struck with 12 minutes remaining, as Luuk de Jong scored for the first time in nine after some lax defending from Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Inter Milan were dominant in their semi-final as they swatted aside Shakhtar Donetsk. Lautaro Martinez scored a brace in that huge 5-0 win, while Romelu Lukaku also scored twice. Danilo D’Ambrosio also found the net in the win for Inter. Antonio Conte will be hoping to end the ten-year wait for a trophy at Inter Milan, but it will be a tough ask against a Sevilla side that many consider to be Europa League specialists.
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Inter Milan will be without Matias Vecino for the final against Sevilla. Meanwhile, the Spanish side will be sweating on the fitness of top-scorer Lucas Ocampos, who limped off against Manchester United. Nemanja Gudelj will also be unlikely to play for the La Liga side.
Sevilla vs Inter Milan Prediction
This should be a thrilling final between two sides that like to play on the counter-attack. Inter have enjoyed an excellent first season under Conte, but it is difficult to look past the pedigree that Sevilla has in the Europa League. It will be a low-scoring game, but Sevilla will be able to win the competition for a sixth time.
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