Player Ratings Sevilla 3 – 2 Inter: Inexperience Costs Inter Europa League Title In Cologne
Millions of Interisti tuned into the game in hopes of breaking the long trophy drought that has lasted 9 years and 5 minutes in, they were on top of the world as Lukaku won and scored a penalty.
Everything seemed to be working as per plan until De Jong scored a diving header. Inter’s weaknesses showed and in spite of a Godin equalizer it never looked like Inter were going to beat the big game experts Sevilla who won their 6th consecutive Europa League final.
Samir Handanovic – 4.5: In a final, as a captain the leadership vibes were non-existent. Couldn’t do anything on the second goal but should be doing better especially on the first.
Diego Godin – 5.5: Partially at fault for the first goal, but more than made up for it with the equalizer. One of the very few serial winners in the squad and it showed.
Stefan de Vrij – 5.5: The Sevilla press was not nice to De Vrij as he barely found the ball with space or time to make telling passes as he usually does. Caught out of position.
Alessandro Bastoni – 6: This was the biggest game of Bastoni’s career so far and he did well considering that Sevilla had Suso and Navas. Young was not helping him enough.
Danilo D’Ambrosio – 5.5: Conceded too many fouls and maybe should have changed his ways after the third one. Gave his 100% and ran for 2 without providing the impetus.
Nicolo Barella – 6.5: Further confirmation of how good Barella is, managed to raise his level for a big game and was everywhere. Should have won a penalty, world class.
Marcelo Brozovic – 6: Brozo was pumped up right from the kickoff, ran his legs off and was in the ref’s ears. Played a lot of positive passes and made lots of telling tackles.
Roberto Gagliardini – 4.5: Nothing special but that is the usual nowadays. Should be winning the aerial duel on De Jong’s second goal, conceded the free kick that lost the game.
Ashley Young – 5: Young’s strength is his pace and ambition in attack. He was too timid in attack and often dragged too central by Sevilla’s right flank players. Poor.
Romelu Lukaku – 6.5: Romelu is a player that is ready to win. The first action and involvement in the match was to win the penalty and score it. Unlucky on the third goal.
Lautaro Martinez – 5: Involved in a lot of attacking play but as the game went on, the spaces and opportunities dried up. Was too selfish in a couple of crucial moments.
Christian Eriksen – 5.5: Came on too late to make any impact. Sevilla managed the game almost perfectly towards the end. Had to come deep and try to get any possession.
Alexis Sanchez – 5.5: Just like Eriksen, was brought on at least 15 mins too late. Still managed to get that one chance that was cleared off the line.
Victor Moses – 5.5: Out of the subs, had the most impact but got most of the ball in Inter’s half. Inter should be looking to make his move permanent as he is consistent
Antonio Candreva – N/A: Candreva made his first Europa League appearance as a desperate move on Conte’s part. Unfortunately, couldn’t get enough power in that chance :
Antonio Conte – 5: Understandably stuck with the same 11 throughout the German leg of Europa League, but did not make the subs at the right time to change the game
Danny Makkelie – 4: Gave free kicks for every single time Sevilla went to the ground. Missed a second penalty for Inter and managed to annoy both benches. Poor game.
Inter – 5: Regardless of the result, this run, and defeat will teach a lot to everyone involved at Inter. The season has been positive and trophies will come soon.
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