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Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk - Sevilla FC
Europa League - 27 May 2015
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THAT'S IT! SEVILLA ARE EUROPA LEAGUE CHAMPIONS AGAIN! The Rojiblancos have successfully defended their trophy for the second time in a decade. Dnipro can hold their heads high as they provided a fantastic spectacle. Tremendous opening 45 minutes left the final finely balanced, but Bacca's second of the game, and seventh in the competition this season, settled it. Five Spanish teams in the Champions League next season! Bad news for English clubs!
Coke almost seals it, but he blazes over. Time is running out for the Ukrainians.
Sevilla on the verge of history. Are they about to be the first team to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League four times?
Four minutes of aded time. Corner to Dnipro. Rotan wastes it, gets another go, but it is headed clear. Dnipro down to 10 men for the last few minutes.
Worrying Scenes here. Matheus just collapses with nobody around him. Players run to his aid. He is stretchered off, and seems to be moving. Not what we want to see.
Last change for Sevilla, with Banega making way for Sevilla, to be replaced by Vicente Iborra.
Kankava is the last player to make way for Dnipro, with Yevhen Shakov on in his place.
Matos flings himself at a high ball duel with Vidal, and is booked for the foul. Have Dnipro anything left in the tank?
No hat-trick for Bacca, just the seven Europa League goals for the season. Kevin Gameiro replaces him.
Bacca adds his name to the list.
ALMOST THE HAT-TICK! Bacca pulls away from his man, heads at goal, but Boyko just tips it over. Just flung his arms up and managed to get something on it.
Bacca turns provider this time, plays in Vidal on the run, who goes down very easily. No Penalty.
Kalinic is replaced by Dnipro's semi-final hero Selezyov. Can he make the difference again?
Rotan is booked for a late tackle as Dnipro show signs of frustration.
Sevilla now 3-2 in front thanks to Bacca, but it was all about the pass again, this time from Vitolo, who prods through for the Colombian, who does not miss when through on goal. Poor clearance led to the opportunity. Bacca handed a Colombian flag in celebration, and is booked for his troubles.
GOAL! Just as I say Sevilla look most likely winner, that man Bacca pops up with his sixth Europa League goal of the season to put his side in front!
Scrappy at the moment. Sevilla most likely to net a winner, but need to find that killer pass.
Vitolo goes down looking for a penalty under challenge from Matheus, but referee Atkinson is having none of it. Waves it away. No booking for simulation though.
Valeriy Fedorchuk is withdrawn by Dnipro, with Roman Bezus coming on in his place.
Two corners cause real havoc in the Dnipro area, with Krychowiak again almost finding the net, but his close-range effort is blocked well.
Very tense now as we edge closer to the final whistle. Reyes' withdrawal has seen the impetus dwindle from Sevilla.
Daniel Carrico is the second Sevila player to be cautioned by referee Atkinson for a late foul on Kalinic.
A fine contribution from the stand-in skipper.
Banega whips a corner in from the right but it is cleared. Sevilla really pressing at the moment.
The impressive Reyes makes way, possibly for the last time as his contract is up in the summer, for Coke. Passes the armband to his replacement too.
Bacca is chasing everything down, and not letting Dnipro get the ball clear.
Reyes is looking like his younger self this evening. The goal of a third Europa League title is the inspiration.
Konoplyanka again has an effort from distance, but this time he gets underneath it and it flies harmlessly over Sergio Rico's goal.
Pace of the game has slowed somewhat as Sevilla try to dictate possession.
Vidal then races back to cover, and wins the challenge with Kalinic with options racing forward.
Sevilla now applying the pressure. Really is end to end. Vidal is finding a little bit of space down the right, but he cannot get his cross into the dangerzone.
Konoplyanka is given far too much time to pick his pass. Floats a lovely ball over the top for Matos, but he does not connect properly and the chance goes begging.
Dnipro on the attack. They are not holding out for penalties! Couple of crosses are only just cleared by the Sevilla backline.
The teams are back out, and we are underway in this pulsating Europa League final. Even Martin Atkinson has a huge smile on his face!
It has been a fascinating duel. Which way will it go?
Bacca will be key to Sevilla's chances second half.
It really has been a sensational 45 minutes.
HT: Dnipro 2-2 Sevilla. What a game! Both teams have been clinical when the chances have come. Dnipro took a shock lead after a fine move, before two goals in under four minutes from Sevilla saw them edge into the lead. Dnipro came again, and after Sergio Rico had denied Konoplyanka with a fine save, he was powerless to keep out a sublime Rotan free-kick, which took us into the interval level. Phew.
Two bookings, one for Krychowiak for halting a Dnipro counter and another for Kalinic for an elbow on Krychowiak. One minute of added time.
A huge goal, at a crucial time. It seemed like Sevilla were on course for victory, but Rotan had other ideas. Really was a perfect free-kick, and was simply clipped over the wall. Sergio Rico had no chance.
ANOTHER GOAL! Would you believe it, Dnipro are level! Ruslan Rotan with a sublime free-kick.
Another scorer in good company.
CLOSE! Tremendous strike from Vidal on the run, which flies just over the top. Boyko was beaten.
Needless foul from Douglas as the ball bobbles around in the Sevilla box. Let them off the hook, as Sevilla were struggling to clear.
Some rare possession for Dnipro, and they are looking dangerous with it. We all know Sevilla are hardly resolute at the back.
Dnipro must be shellshocked!
SAVE! The Dnipro dangerman Konoplyanka brings the best out of Sergio Rico in the Sevilla goal. The fine, curling effort looked to be heading for the top corner, but Sergio Rico, at full stretch, tips it over.
Phew! What a spell for Emery's side. Have Dnipro got any answer to this? Their defence is normally much more resolute. But sometimes you have to just stand and applaud, is was some pass from Reyes.
Bacca is picked out by a brillaint throughball from Reyes, and the Colombian shows great compose to round the onrushing Boyko and slot home. Fine goal, and portrayed everything that is good about Sevilla on the attack.
GOAL! Two goals in three minutes and 38 seconds have put Sevilla in front, and of course, it is Bacca!
After Reyes' shot was blocked over, the resulting corner is played short, cross comes in, which Krychowiak brings down brilliantly, touches it out of his feet, and fires past Boyko to send the travelling Rojiblanco faithful into raptures.
GOAL! We are level as, back in his homeland, Krychowiak fires Sevilla's equaliser.
CHANCE! Reyes hits it well enough, but Kankava superbly throws himself in the way to divert the ball over the bar.
Pitch is looking a little suspect and is cutting up. Players are struggling to keep their footing on occasion.
From a corner, Grzegorz Krychowiak gets in front of Leo Matos, but his header is tipped wide by Boyko.
Much better from Sevilla. Reyes cuts inside on his left and fires just wide, while several crosses are finally calling Denys Boyko in the Ukrainians' goal.
Kalinic is in good company.
More possession for the Spanish side now. But they are giving it away far too easily. Ever Banega is not looking like his usual self so far.
First booking for Dnipro's Jaba Kankava, as he halted a Sevilla counter by fouling Reyes on the run.
Dnipro are closing Sevilla down very quickly and not afraid to leave their foot in to try and frustrate their opponents. This is not a situation that Sevilla wanted to be in.
Dnipro carry the ball forward, but they are not committing too many men forward, and why should they!
Aleix Vidal is the next man to see an effort blocked after a well worked corner routine.
The Rojiblancos are getting into this now. A fine, flowing move picks out Vitolo on the run, but the forward sees his shot well blocked.
Incredible scenes here! Was a goal of real quality, which seems to have taken the sting out of the Sevilla attack.
Would you believe it?!? The underdogs are once again in front. They love to soak up pressure and catch sides on the break, and that is exactly what happened. Kalinic wins the header from a long ball, finds Matheus, who picks out the former Blacknurn hitman with a pinpoint cross, and Kalinic was clinical when it mattered most, heading his side in front.
GOAL!!! What a start from Dnipro! They lead 1-0 thanks to a header from their top scorer in Europe this season Kalinic!!!
Penalty appeals waved away by English referee Martin Atkinson as former Arsenal forward Jose Antonio Reyes goes down under challenge. Would have been very soft.
Dnipro getting plenty of men behind the ball. Yevhen Konoplyanka is once again the main outlet on the counter.
We have our first chance! Sevilla top scorer Bacca brings the ball down out of the sky, but gets his volley at goal all wrong, and slices well over.
We are underway in Warsaw. A place in next season's Champions League awaits the winner.
195 teams started, and now we are down to just two. Nobody has retained the Europa League trophy, can Sevilla do it today?
Pre-match watch. Markevych knows his side have ti play to their strengths.
Spanish sides love this competition!
A total of 13 nations are represented in the two finalists' squads, with Ukrainians (18) just pipping Spanish players (17) in terms of the largest single contingent.
Dnipro players have shown their caring side this week.
Intersting stat: Sevilla's Daniel Carriço has made more UEFA Europa League appearances (group stage to final) than any other player in the competition's history: 47.
Markevych knows his side have to play to their strengths.
Dnipro players have shown their caring side this week.
And Emery was not going to miss an opportunity to steal an edge: "We have very broadly analysed and studied Dnipro, we have compiled information and data from Juande Ramos and Marcos Alvarez and (Juan Ramon) Muniz because we want to have a very close view of the team, we want to study them in detail," Emery told a news conference at Warsaw's National Stadium on Tuesday.
Juande Ramos provides an interesting connection. The former Tottenham manager took charge of Sevilla for two years from 2005, and secured back-to-back UEFA Cup titles, and also had a spell at the Dnipro helm, where he was until last year.
Coming into this showpiece Dnipro maintained their hopes of Champions League qualification through the Ukranian league with a 3-2 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at the weekend, despite boss Myron Markevich resting a number of key players ahead of the final.
Dnipro have conceded just 17 goals in 25 games in the league, keeping clean sheets in over half of their matches (14). They have been similarly solid and resolute on the continent; Hajduk Split, Saint-Etienne, Olympiakos, Ajax, Club Brugge and Napoli all failed to breach Myron Markevych’s outfit’s rearguard in Europa League encounters.
But don't underestimate the Ukrainians. They have seen off some big names along the way in Olympiakos, Ajax and Napoli and are very hard to beat.
Rojiblancos boss Unai Emery has been winning all the plaudits pre-match. After losing the influential Ivan Rakitic in the summer, Emery has put together a fine side in the south of Spain, and only narrowly missed out on finishing in the La Liga top four on the last day. Sevilla have bettered their league points total from last season by 13 points, and are once again in a European final - their fourth in ten years.
The La Liga outfit are rightly favourites here.
Carlos Bacca is the only player to have featured in all 14 of Sevilla's Europa League games, and leads the line again for the Andalusians.
The headline team news is that Dnipro's semi-final hero Yevhen Seleznyov is only fit enough to make the bench, as his knee injury has not recovered sufficently. Former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic comes deputises.
DNIPRO: Boyko, Fedetskiy, Cheberyachko, Douglas, Matos, Kankava, Fedorchuk, Konoplyanka, Rotan, Matheus, Kalinic... Subs: Lastuvka, Vlad, Luchkevych, Bezus, Bruno Gama, Shakhov, Seleznyov. /// SEVILLA: Sergio Rico, Aleix Vidal, Carrico, Kolo, Tremoulinas, Krychowiak, Mbia, Vitolo, Banega, Reyes, Bacca... Subs: Beto, Fernando Navarro, Figueiras, Coke, Iborra, Suarez, Gameiro
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Hello and welcome to our LIVE minute-by-minute text commentary of the Europa League final between Sevilla and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk from Warsaw. Can the Spaniards secure back-to-back Europa League successes? Can Dnipro spring a surprise in their first ever European final?