Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal have received this season’s UEFA Europa League after defeating Manchester United on penalties in Wednesday’s ultimate.
The Yellow Submarine triumphed 11-10 within the shoot out after 120 minutes of a tension-soaked encounter ended 1-1.
Chukwueze who had been instrumental to Villarreal’s run to the ultimate, didn’t make Unai Emery’s matchday squad after failing a late health check.
He’s now the sixth Nigerian after Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Nwankwo Kanu, Taribo West and Chidi Odiah to win the Europa League.
Villarreal have now received their first ever main trophy whereas United have now gone 4 seasons and not using a trophy.
Unai Emery has change into the primary supervisor to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League 4 instances (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 & 2020-21) surpassing Giovanni Trapattoni.
Additionally, Villarreal are the primary facet to win the #UEL on penalties since Sevilla beat Benfica in 2014.
Gerard Moreno opened scoring for Villarreal on 29 minutes however Edinson Cavani equalised for United 10 minutes into the second half.
Each side cancelled one another out nearly ready for the dreaded penalty shootout.
If there have been any nerves at that stage, neither facet confirmed it as the primary 21 penalties have been transformed.
That was till David de Gea’s penalty was saved, incomes Villarreal their very first European crown.
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