By AARON CRANFORD
Thanks to the brace by Carlos Bacca, Sevilla accomplished what no other team has, defending a European title for the second time.
Sevilla came back from a goal down to defeat Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk by a scoreline of 3-2 on Wednesday night in Warsaw, and with the win, Sevilla has now won UEFA’s second-tier competition back-to-back for the second time in a decade. The Spanish club will be entered into the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage as a result.
The Cinderella story that is Dnipro Dnipropretrovsk reached its ending on Wednesday night in Polish capital city, as the team from a war-torn Ukraine could not upset their Spanish counterpart in the final of the Europa League.
The Ukranian side were always underdogs against Sevilla, a side that scored twice as many European goals as Dnipro this season in the same number of games. Dnipro would put up a good fight, scoring two on the day, with the goals coming from Nikola Kalinic and Ruslan Rotan.
However, in the end, Bacca was the culprit of Dnipro’s demise, scoring his second almost 17 minutes from full time while his first came in the 21st minute of play. Grzegorz Krychowiak also found the back of the net in the first half.
Here are some more news and notes for your Wednesday evening:
BALOTELLI AGENT SAYS THE STRIKER WILL ‘DEFINITELY STAY’ AT LIVERPOOL
After joining Liverpool from AC Milan last year, Mario Balotelli has not had the kind of impact anyone expected from him, leaving questions swirling surrounding his time left at Anfield.
However, Mino Railoa is confident his client will remain with Liverpool. Mario Balotelli’s agent told Sky Sports Wednesday that while his client is attracting outside offers, the Italy international will still suit up in Liverpool red.
“We had talks with Liverpool and he will definitely stay,” Raiola told Sky Sports. “I think Mario did (adapt). I can’t talk about Brendan Rodgers, obviously that is something for Brendan, but I think Mario did.
“I have spoken at various times to the club and they were happy with his input and professionalism. Obviously we have to improve the performance but I am really confident that will happen this year.”
SUNDERLAND MANAGER ADVOCAAT STEPS DOWN
Days after helping Sunderland stay in the English Premier League, manager Dick Advocaat has told the club he will not be coming back.
“At certain moments in your life you have to make a decision and I am almost 68 years old now,” Advocaat told Sunderland about his decision to leave. “A number of clubs contacted me but the decision was always Sunderland or nobody.
“I would like to thank the chairman, Lee, the staff and of course the fans. We gave everything in our time there and achieved what we set out to. Sunderland has been one of the highlights of my career.”
PIRELLI PRESIDENT MAY PULL PLUG ON SPONSORSHIP WITH INTER
Marco Tronchetti Provera does not like the way Inter Milan has been playing recently, and he’s threatened to pull his companies ties with the club if it does not return to its winning ways.
Provera is the president of Italian tire manufacturers Pirelli, and Wednesday, Provera told La Gazzetta dello Sport that if the team does not qualify for Europe, he and the company may reconsider their sponsorship with the Serie A club.
“Football is an extremely important vehicle on a global level, and if Inter are relegated only to an international level, it doesn’t make any sense for Pirelli to continue,” the Pirelli president said. “If the economic conditions are in keeping with the results of a team which should be aiming to be playing in Europe, then we will see.”
Pirelli have been a key sponsor for the club since 1995, but that long run could come to an end if the Inter do not perform the the liking of Provera.
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