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2020 UEFA Europa League Final

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Template:Infobox football match The 2020 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, the 49th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 11th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. It was played at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany on 21 August 2020, between Spanish side Sevilla and Italian side Inter Milan. The match was held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.[1]

The final was originally scheduled to be played on 27 May 2020 at the Stadion Energa Gdańsk in Gdańsk, Poland.[2] However, UEFA announced on 23 March 2020 that the final was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] On 17 June 2020, the UEFA Executive Committee chose to relocate the final to Cologne, as part of a "final-eight tournament" consisting of single-match knockout ties played in four stadiums across Germany.[4]

Sevilla won the match 3–2 for their record sixth UEFA Cup/Europa League title. As winners, they earned the right to play against the winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League in the 2020 UEFA Super Cup. They also qualified to enter the group stage of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League; since Sevilla had already qualified through their league performance, the berth reserved was given to the third-placed team of the 2019–20 Ligue 1 (Rennes), the 5th-ranked association according to next season's access list.[5]

Teams[edit source | edit]

In the following table, finals until 2009 were in the UEFA Cup era, since 2010 were in the UEFA Europa League era.

Team Previous final appearances (bold indicates winners)
Template:Fbaicon Sevilla 5 (2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Template:Fbaicon Inter Milan 4 (1991, 1994, 1997, 1998)

Venue[edit source | edit]

The stadium was renamed to "Stadion Köln" for the match.

The UEFA Executive Committee chose RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne as the host at their meeting on 17 June 2020.[4] This was the first UEFA club competition final hosted at the stadium and the first Europa League final held in Germany since 2010. During the two-legged final era, the country hosted either one or both legs 11 times, before hosting the single-legged 2001 UEFA Cup Final in Dortmund and the 2010 final in Hamburg.

The stadium was first opened in 1923 as the Müngersdorfer Stadion and has been the home stadium of German Bundesliga side 1. FC Köln since 1948. It underwent two major renovations during its lifetime. It hosted UEFA Euro 1988 as well as the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Background[edit source | edit]

The match was a record-extending sixth UEFA Cup/Europa League final for Sevilla, the most successful team in competition history. The club won all their prior finals in 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016.[6]

Inter Milan reached their fifth UEFA Cup/Europa League final, second only to Sevilla. They previously won three finals in 1991, 1994 and 1998, and lost to Schalke 04 in 1997. They were the first Italian team to reach a UEFA Cup/Europa League final since Parma in 1999.[6]

Road to the final[edit source | edit]

For further information, see 2019–20 UEFA Europa League

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away; N: neutral).

Template:Fbaicon Sevilla Round Template:Fbaicon Inter Milan
Europa League Champions League
Opponent Result Group stage (EL, CL) Opponent Result
Template:Fbaicon Qarabağ 3–0 (A) Matchday 1 Template:Fbaicon Slavia Prague 1–1 (H)
Template:Fbaicon APOEL 1–0 (H) Matchday 2 Template:Fbaicon Barcelona 1–2 (A)
Template:Fbaicon F91 Dudelange 3–0 (H) Matchday 3 Template:Fbaicon Borussia Dortmund 2–0 (H)
Template:Fbaicon F91 Dudelange 5–2 (A) Matchday 4 Template:Fbaicon Borussia Dortmund 2–3 (A)
Template:Fbaicon Qarabağ 2–0 (H) Matchday 5 Template:Fbaicon Slavia Prague 3–1 (A)
Template:Fbaicon APOEL 0–1 (A) Matchday 6 Template:Fbaicon Barcelona 1–2 (H)
Group A winners
Template:2019–20 UEFA Europa League group tables
Final standings Group F third place
Template:2019–20 UEFA Champions League group tables
Europa League
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Template:Fbaicon CFR Cluj 1–1 (a) 1–1 (A) 0–0 (H) Round of 32 Template:Fbaicon Ludogorets Razgrad 4–1 2–0 (A) 2–1 (H)
Template:Fbaicon Roma 2–0 (N) Round of 16 Template:Fbaicon Getafe 2–0 (N)
Template:Fbaicon Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 (N) Quarter-finals Template:Fbaicon Bayer Leverkusen 2–1 (N)
Template:Fbaicon Manchester United 2–1 (N) Semi-finals Template:Fbaicon Shakhtar Donetsk 5–0 (N)

Pre-match[edit source | edit]

File:2020 UEL Final identity.jpg
Original identity of the 2020 UEFA Europa League Final

Identity[edit source | edit]

The original identity of the 2020 UEFA Europa League Final was unveiled at the group stage draw on 30 August 2019.[7]

Ambassador[edit source | edit]

The original ambassador for the Gdańsk final was former Polish international Andrzej Buncol,[8] who won the 1987–88 UEFA Cup with Bayer Leverkusen.

Officials[edit source | edit]

On 18 August 2020, UEFA named Dutchman Danny Makkelie as the referee for the final. Makkelie had been a FIFA referee since 2011, and was previously an additional assistant referee in the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final and the video assistant referee in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final. He was also an assistant video assistant referee in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final. He was joined by four of his fellow countrymen, with Mario Diks and Hessel Steegstra as assistant referees, Jochem Kamphuis as the video assistant referee and Kevin Blom as one of the assistant VAR officials. The other assistant VAR for the final was Paweł Gil from Poland, with his compatriot Tomasz Sokolnicki serving as the offside VAR official. Anastasios Sidiropoulos of Greece was the fourth official.[9]

Match[edit source | edit]

Details[edit source | edit]

The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held on 10 July 2020 (after the quarter-final and semi-final draws), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Template:Football box

Sevilla[10]
Inter Milan[10]
GK 13 Template:Country data MAR Yassine Bounou
RB 16 Spain Jesús Navas (c)
CB 12 France Jules Koundé
CB 20 Brazil Diego Carlos Template:Yel Template:Suboff
LB 23 Spain Sergio Reguilón
RM 24 Spain Joan Jordán
CM 25 Brazil Fernando
LM 10 Argentina Éver Banega Template:Yel
RW 5 Argentina Lucas Ocampos Template:Suboff
CF 19 Template:Country data NED Luuk de Jong Template:Suboff
LW 41 Spain Suso Template:Suboff
Substitutes:
GK 1 Template:Country data CZE Tomáš Vaclík
GK 31 Spain Javi Díaz
DF 3 Spain Sergi Gómez
DF 18 Spain Sergio Escudero
DF 36 Spain Genaro Rodríguez
DF 40 Spain Pablo Pérez
MF 17 Serbia Nemanja Gudelj Template:Subon
MF 21 Spain Óliver Torres
MF 22 Argentina Franco Vázquez Template:Subon
FW 11 Spain Munir Template:Subon
FW 28 Spain José Lara
FW 51 Template:Country data MAR Youssef En-Nesyri Template:Subon
Manager:
Spain Julen Lopetegui
Sevilla vs Internazionale 2020-08-21.svg
GK 1 Template:Country data SVN Samir Handanović (c)
CB 2 Template:Country data URU Diego Godín Template:Suboff
CB 6 Template:Country data NED Stefan de Vrij
CB 95 Italy Alessandro Bastoni Template:Yel
RM 23 Italy Nicolò Barella Template:Yel
CM 77 Croatia Marcelo Brozović
LM 5 Italy Roberto Gagliardini Template:Yel Template:Suboff
RW 33 Italy Danilo D'Ambrosio Template:Suboff
LW 15 England Ashley Young
CF 9 Template:Country data BEL Romelu Lukaku
CF 10 Argentina Lautaro Martínez Template:Suboff
Substitutes:
GK 27 Italy Daniele Padelli
DF 13 Italy Andrea Ranocchia
DF 31 Italy Lorenzo Pirola
DF 34 Italy Cristiano Biraghi
DF 37 Slovakia Milan Škriniar
MF 11 Nigeria Victor Moses Template:Subon
MF 12 Italy Stefano Sensi
MF 20 Spain Borja Valero
MF 24 Template:Country data DEN Christian Eriksen Template:Subon
MF 87 Italy Antonio Candreva Template:Subon
FW 7 Template:Country data CHI Alexis Sánchez Template:Subon
FW 30 Italy Sebastiano Esposito
Manager:
Italy Antonio Conte Template:Yel

Man of the Match:
Luuk de Jong (Sevilla)[11]

Assistant referees:[9]
Mario Diks (Netherlands)
Hessel Steegstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:[9]
Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
Video assistant referee:[9]
Jochem Kamphuis (Netherlands)
Assistant video assistant referees:[9]
Kevin Blom (Netherlands)
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Offside video assistant referee:[9]
Tomasz Sokolnicki (Poland)

Match rules[12]

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Twelve named substitutes
  • Maximum of five substitutions, with a sixth allowed in extra time[note 1]

Statistics[edit source | edit]

See also[edit source | edit]

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. Each team was only given three opportunities to make substitutions, with a fourth opportunity in extra time, excluding substitutions made at half-time, before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time.

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External links[edit source | edit]

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