Gonzalo Montiel might just get etched in the history books as the specialist penalty takers in the finals of any tournament as he reciprocates his world cup final heroics, by scoring the winning penalty in the clash against Roma, which led them to be crowned the European champions.
Montiel penalty assures Sevilla a seventh cup victory
Gonzalo Montiel has been one of the clutch players of Sevilla in the entire season, which included an eleventh place in finish in the La Liga, and to add to the European glory might be one of the cherry on the cake for the Argentine world cup winner. People say he has got ice in his veins as he takes those high pressure decisive penalties in the ultimate clashes.
It was Mourinho’s Roma who had taken the lead on the 34th minute, owing to another Argentine’s heroics before the goal. Paulo Dybala hit the back of the net after being assisted by Gianluca Mancini, which had ensured a 1-0 half time lead for the Italian club. But, it was the Italian again as Mancini hit his own net on the 55th minute, thus giving Sevilla a breather, equalizing the score line on 1-1.
Nerves of Steel
Montiel, who overtook French goalie Hugo Loris in the final spot kick of the World Cup, handing Leo Messi’s brigade a cup glory after 36 years, was at the penalty position again and sealed the deal for the Spaniards. Sevilla has been a serial winner of the Europa League, as they creates the record for winning the cup for the seventh time.
Montiel had initially missed the spot kick from 12 yards, but as it was destined to be, he had to retake the shot once again as Roma keeper Rui Patricio had come off the line before the shot was taken.
A huge ruckus on the game
When you have one of the best coaches on the sideline, as a referee, you need to be on your toes as most of the time you need to visit the benches to warn the players or coaches. Jose Mourinho has been on the sideline and was about to win another title as he was set to maintain the perfect European winning streak on the finals. Referee Anthony Tailor had to intervene every time there seemed to be an altercation off the field.
The game was bought to life when Rakitic was dispossessed in his own half and Italian Mancini, taking advantage of this slip-up from the Croatian, passed a through ball to Argentine striker Dybala who slotted home past Sevilla goalkeeper Bono on the 34th minute.
As a result, Mourinho’s side was leading 1-0 at the break and looked well on verse to complete the “Italian job”. But, Sevilla had other plans as Mancini turned on to his own net after he was trying to stop Lucas Ocampos, thus equalizing the game, giving Sevilla fans a breather and players an opportunity to dream for their seventh title victory.
In the shoot out , it was Mancini again as his shot got thrashing between Moroccan World Cup Bono’s legs, thus hindering Roma’s progress. In the end, it all came to clutch player Montiel who missed the shot at the first go, but Portuguese Patricio’s encroachment made him to take another shot at the goal, which Montiel would never miss, thus handing Sevilla a seventh Europa League title, and Mourinho his first loss in European finals.