Villarreal 1-1 Man Utd AET (11-10 pens): David de Gea misses crucial spot-kick as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffer Europa League final shootout defeat

Villarreal players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League
Villarreal players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League

Goalkeeper David de Gea saw his penalty saved in an epic shootout as Villarreal beat Manchester United to win the Europa League.

With the game tied at 1-1 after extra time, both sides converted their first 10 penalties meaning the goalkeepers had to step up and take the 11th spot-kicks.

Geronimo Rulli was the hero, firing his penalty beyond De Gea before keeping out the Spain international’s low effort.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s quest for a first trophy as Manchester United manager goes on after a dramatic 11-10 penalty shootout defeat against Villarreal in the Europa League final following a 1-1 draw in Gdansk, Poland.

In front of 9,500 supporters, Gerard Moreno met Daniel Parejo’s free-kick to steer home his 30th goal in all competitions to give the Spanish side a first-half lead (29).

United, who won the competition under Jose Mourinho in 2017, were indebted once again to the razor-sharp finishing of Edinson Cavani, who struck his 16th goal in his last 11 Europa League starts to haul his side level (55).

It was one of just two shots on target from United as extra time failed to illuminate a poor contest, but Geronimo Rulli would prove the hero during a pulsating shootout, first converting his own penalty before keeping out De Gea’s effort as Unai Emery clinched a fourth Europa League title.


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