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Sevilla's previous UEFA Cup/Europa League finals

Sports Mole takes a look at Sevilla's previous UEFA Cup/Europa League finals ahead of Friday's showdown with Inter Milan.

Since the turn of the millennium, Sevilla have enjoyed more success in Europe's secondary competition than any other team in the tournament's history.

The La Liga outfit are now on course to add to their record five triumphs in the Europa League when they lock horns with Inter Milan in the final of the 2019-20 edition this Friday.

Ex-Arsenal and current Villarreal manager Unai Emery made headlines when he guided Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League triumphs between 2014 and 2016, and even though Los Palanganas are already assured of Champions League football for next season, Julen Lopetegui will undoubtedly want to see his side secure an unprecedented six Europa League crowns by the close of play against Inter.

Here, Sports Mole takes a look at Sevilla's previous UEFA Cup/Europa League finals as we build up to their showdown with Inter on Friday.


Sevilla 4-0 Middlesbrough (2005-06)

It seems inconceivable to imagine Middlesbrough competing for international glory now, but the Teesiders would ultimately become Sevilla's first victims in a European final following a truly one-sided affair.

It took the Spanish outfit just 27 minutes to break the deadlock in the 2006 final, with legendary right-back Dani Alves delivering a delightful cross for Luis Fabiano to steer a header past Mark Schwarzer.

Boro were unlucky not to equalise as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's free-kick grazed the top of the crossbar on its way over, but Sevilla soon made them pay as Enzo Maresca's late double sealed the win before Freddie Kanoute completed the rout at the Phillips Stadion.

Sevilla did not have to wait much longer for their second European trophy following their thrashing of Boro, as Los Palanganas inflicted a 3-0 defeat upon Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup only a few months later.


Sevilla 2-2 Espanyol - Sevilla win 3-1 on penalties (2006-07)

An all-Spanish final in the 2006-07 edition saw Sevilla successfully retain their UEFA Cup title against Espanyol, but the holders did not enjoy such an easy ride against their La Liga counterparts.

A terrific solo effort from Brazilian winger Adriano broke the deadlock for Sevilla after just 18 minutes, but Espanyol found themselves level 10 minutes later following a deflected effort from Albert Riera.

Despite Moises Hurtado's second-half sending-off for Espanyol, there were to be no more goals in the opening 90 minutes and the two Spanish outfits were forced into extra time at Hampden Park.

Kanoute looked to have won the game for Sevilla when he turned in Jesus Navas's cross after 105 minutes, but Espanyol refused to go down without a fight as Jonatas rifled in a long-range effort to take the game to penalties.

However, the Brazilian was one of three Espanyol players to see their spot kicks saved by Sevilla's Andres Palop, as Kanoute, Ivica Dragutinovic and the late Antonio Puerta converted from 12 yards to secure back-to-back European triumphs for Los Palanganas.


Sevilla 0-0 Benfica - Sevilla win 4-2 on penalties (2013-14)

After enduring a barren run of seven years without another European final, Sevilla brushed aside the competition to set up a showdown with Benfica in the 2013-14 season.

However, the two sides could not be separated after 120 gruelling minutes of football and Sevilla would be forced to do it all over again from the penalty spot, with the match ending goalless despite the plethora of attacking talent on show.

While Jan Oblak is now regarded as one of the best goalkeepers on the planet, the Slovenian had a shoot-out to forget for Benfica as Carlos Bacca, Stephane Mbia, Coke and Kevin Gameiro all converted from 12 yards.

Oscar Cardozo missed for Benfica while Rodrigo saw his tame effort saved by Beto, and Emery soon lifted the first of three Europa League crowns he would lead Sevilla to during his time there.


Sevilla 3-2 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (2014-15)

In a repeat of their fortunes in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 campaigns, Sevilla would find themselves in back-to-back European finals for the second time in their history, although they were facing opponents of slightly different calibre this time around.

The now-defunct Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk were competing in their first ever European final in Warsaw, and the Ukranian outfit rocked Emery's side early on as Nikola Kalinic headed in the opener after seven minutes.

Grzegorz Krychowiak and Bacca soon turned the game on its head for Sevilla, but Ruslan Rotan restored parity for Dnipro with a delightful free kick just before Martin Atkinson's half-time whistle blew.

However, Bacca was once again the hero of the hour for Sevilla as his 73rd-minute strike ensured that the La Liga side would become the first team to enjoy multiple back-to-back triumphs in Europe's secondary competition.


Sevilla 3-1 Liverpool (2015-16)

Sevilla's most recent Europa League final would see them come up against a Liverpool side who had knocked out Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia en route to St. Jakob-Park in Switzerland.

An exquisite outside-of-the-foot effort from Daniel Sturridge saw Jurgen Klopp's side go into the half-time interval with a 1-0 advantage, but Sevilla needed just 16 seconds of the second half to level the scores as Gameiro netted a tap-in.

Emery's men would soon go on to dominate the final and went 2-1 up courtesy of Coke's curling effort just after the hour mark, and the full-back would add his second of the game six minutes later to secure an unparalleled three straight Europa League triumphs for Sevilla.

That would be Emery's last trophy with Los Palanganas before the Spaniard left for Paris Saint-Germain, and Sevilla would suffer heartbreak in their last European final as Real Madrid enjoyed a 3-2 victory in the 2016 Super Cup, with Dani Carvajal nicking the win right at the death in extra time.

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