Villarreal beat Manchester United in a penalty shootout to win the Europa League

Villarreal beat Manchester United in a penalty shootout to win the Europa League
Villarreal’s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal CF and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by Adam Warzawa / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ADAM WARZAWA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Villarreal defeated Manchester United in the Europa League final. The meeting took place at the Energa Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk and ended with a 1-1 (11-10 in the penalty shootout).

Villarreal forward Gerard Moreno opened the scoring. On 30 minutes, after a free-kick, Moreno headed the ball into the net. Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani scored early in the second half. Cavani converted following a cross from a corner kick. The ball bounced back to the Uruguayan after a series of ricochets.

In extra time the teams failed to score. Villarreal players were stronger in the penalty shootout – 11:10. Man United goalkeeper David De Gea missed the decisive penalty goal.
The encounter was officiated by a team of French referees headed by Clément Turpin. The assistants were Nicolas Dano and Cyril Gringor. The reserve referee was Slavko Vincic.

Manchester United Highlights

In the tournament’s semi-finals, Villarreal beat Arsenal from London on aggregate (2-1, 0-0), and Manchester United beat Roma 6-2, 2-3. Villarreal won the Europa League for the first time in history.