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UEFA Europa League Final: Villareal Wins First Major Trophy After 22 Penalties against Man Utd, Emery wins his 4th UEL

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UEFA Europa League final, VIL vs MUN: Villarreal vs Man United: It took Villareal 22 penalties to win the finals against Manchester United. The teams could not be separated in 120 minutes after Edinson Cavani canceled Moreno’s goal in 2nd half.

Villareal made 1 change to the side that was beaten by Real Madrid on the final day of the La Liga season. Foyth came into the backline to replace Gaspar at right-back.

Manchester United is without skipper Harry Maguire. Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, and Shaw all return in the back 4. Pogba and McTominay start in front of the backline while Rashford, Greenwood, and Cavani were the front 3.

UEFA Europa League final: Villareal vs Man United Goals

Villarreal led through Gerard Moreno’s 30th goal of the season, an improvised finish after he escaped the dozy Victor Lindelof at a free-kick.

He pulled away from the United defense and had a free strike at goal as he placed his shot into the right corner and De Gea had no chance of saving it.

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Edinson Cavani was the closest to the ball after a deflection saw him blast the ball into the net past Rulli. Villareal failed to clear the ball from their lines after a corner by Marcus Rashford and Man Utd equalized in the 55th minute.

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UEFA Europa League final: Villareal vs Man United Match Report

Villarreal stunned Manchester United after a marathon penalty shoot-out, with goalkeeper David de Gea missing the last spot-kick, in the Europa League final to lift their first-ever major trophy in Gdansk.

It finished 1-1 after 120 minutes as Gerard Moreno put the Spaniards ahead in the 29th minute before Edinson Cavani leveled early in the 2nd half.

Villarreal won an extraordinary shoot-out 11-10, to win their first trophy ever.

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