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2015 UEFA Europa League Final

2015 UEFA Europa League Final
File:2015 UEL Final Visual Identity.jpg
Event 2014–15 UEFA Europa League
Date 27 May 2015
Venue National Stadium, Warsaw
Man of the Match Éver Banega (Sevilla)[1]
Referee Martin Atkinson (England)
Attendance 45,000
Weather Partly Cloudy
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The 2015 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, the 44th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the sixth season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. It was played at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, on 27 May 2015,[3] between Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and the title holders, Spanish side Sevilla. Sevilla won the match 3–2 for a record fourth title.[4][5]

As winners, Sevilla earned the right to play against the winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup. Moreover, for the first time, a place in the UEFA Champions League is reserved for the UEFA Europa League winners, meaning that Sevilla automatically qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League despite not qualifying through their domestic league position.[6] They are guaranteed to enter at the group stage, since the 2015 Champions League finalists (Juventus and Barcelona) have already qualified for the group stage via their domestic leagues and therefore the berth in the group stage reserved for the Champions League title holders are not used.[7]

Venue

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The National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, hosted the final.

The National Stadium was announced as the venue of the final at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 23 May 2013.[8] This was the first UEFA club final hosted in Poland.

The National Stadium is a retractable roof football stadium located in Warsaw, Poland. It is used mostly for football matches and it is the home stadium of Poland national football team. The stadium has a seating capacity of 58,145 which makes it the largest association football arena in Poland. Its construction started in 2008 and finished in November 2011. It is located on the site of the former Stadion Dziesięciolecia, on Aleja Zieleniecka in Praga Południe district, near the city centre. It hosted three group matches (including the opening match), a quarter-final, and a semi-final in UEFA Euro 2012, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

Background

This was Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk's first European final. They were the second Ukrainian team to reach the UEFA Cup/Europa League final, after Shakhtar Donetsk, who defeated Werder Bremen in the 2009 final in Istanbul, and the third Ukrainian team to play a European final, after Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv, who won two Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1975 and 1986 as representatives of the Soviet Union. Before this final, Ukrainian clubs had won every major European final which they had competed.[9]

This was Sevilla's fourth UEFA Cup/Europa League final. They won all three of their previous finals (in 2006, 2007 and 2014), and as they won their fourth title, they became the outright record holder, breaking a tie with Juventus, Internazionale and Liverpool.[10]

Sevilla manager Unai Emery, who was their winning manager in 2014, became the fifth coach to win the title twice or more, after Giovanni Trapattoni (Juventus in 1977 and 1993, Internazionale in 1991), Luis Molowny (Real Madrid in 1985 and 1986), Juande Ramos (Sevilla in 2006 and 2007) and Rafael Benítez (Valencia in 2004, Chelsea in 2013).[11]

The two sides had never met in UEFA club competitions.[12]

Road to the final

For more details on this topic, see 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.

Note: In the table, the score of the finalist is given first (H = home; A = away).

23x15px Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Round 23x15px Sevilla
Champions League Europa League
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
23x15px Copenhagen 0–2 0–0 (H) 0–2 (A) Third qualifying round Bye
Europa League
23x15px Hajduk Split 2–1 2–1 (H) 0–0 (A) Play-off round
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
23x15px Internazionale 0–1 (H) Matchday 1 23x15px Feyenoord 2–0 (H)
23x15px Saint-Étienne 0–0 (A) Matchday 2 23x15px Rijeka 2–2 (A)
23x15px Qarabağ 0–1 (H) Matchday 3 23x15px Standard Liège 0–0 (A)
23x15px Qarabağ 2–1 (A) Matchday 4 23x15px Standard Liège 3–1 (H)
23x15px Internazionale 1–2 (A) Matchday 5 23x15px Feyenoord 0–2 (A)
23x15px Saint-Étienne 1–0 (H) Matchday 6 23x15px Rijeka 1–0 (H)
Group F runner-up

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Final standings Group G runner-up

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Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
23x15px Olympiacos 4–2 2–0 (H) 2–2 (A) Round of 32 23x15px Borussia Mönchengladbach 4–2 1–0 (H) 3–2 (A)
23x15px Ajax 2–2 (a) 1–0 (H) 1–2 (a.e.t.) (A) Round of 16 23x15px Villarreal 5–2 3–1 (A) 2–1 (H)
23x15px Club Brugge 1–0 0–0 (A) 1–0 (H) Quarter-finals 23x15px Zenit Saint Petersburg 4–3 2–1 (H) 2–2 (A)
23x15px Napoli 2–1 1–1 (A) 1–0 (H) Semi-finals 23x15px Fiorentina 5–0 3–0 (H) 2–0 (A)

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

As runners-up of the 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League behind Shakhtar, Dnipro were awarded a spot in the third qualifying round of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. They were drawn against Danish runners-up FC Copenhagen, but a draw in the first leg at home, followed by a 2–0 in Denmark, meant they dropped down into the Europa League play-off, where they defeated Hajduk Split to reach the group stage for the third time in a row.

Dnipro were drawn in Group F with Internazionale, Saint-Étienne, and Qarabağ. The group stage campaign started disastrously for the Ukrainians, who earned only a single point in their first three games with a 0–0 draw away to Saint-Étienne and 1–0 home defeats to both Inter and Qarabağ. On matchday 4, a 2–1 away win over the Azerbaijani team ended a winless run, but Dnipro were again defeated by Inter 2–1 in Milan, despite taking a 1–0 lead through Ruslan Rotan's early goal. Dnipro went into their final group match at home to Saint-Étienne at the bottom of the Group F table and needing a win to stand a chance of qualifying;[13] Artem Fedetskyi scored the only goal of the match midway through the second half to secure a 1–0 win.[14] With Qarabağ only managing a 0–0 draw against group winners Inter, Dnipro finished the group stage in second place with seven points.[15]

Sevilla

As title holders, Sevilla qualified for the group stage automatically, and were placed in Group G with Feyenoord, Rijeka and Standard Liège. They began their campaign with a 2–0 win over Feyenoord, with first-half goals from Grzegorz Krychowiak and Stéphane Mbia. Two weeks later, Mbia earned a 2–2 draw at Rijeka. Sevilla then played Liège twice, a goalless away draw and a 3–1 home victory with goals from Kévin Gameiro, José Antonio Reyes and Carlos Bacca. They then lost 2–0 away to Feyenoord, sending the Dutch side to the knockout stage ahead of Sevilla. The Spanish side secured second place in the final game with a home victory over Rijeka via Denis Suárez's first European goal.[16]

Pre-match

Ambassador

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Jerzy Dudek was named as the ambassador for the final.

Former Poland international goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, was named the ambassador for the final.[17]

UEFA unveiled the visual identity of the final on 29 August 2014.[18]

Ticketing

With a stadium capacity of 56,000, a total of 44,000 tickets were made available to fans and the general public, with the two finalist teams receiving 9,500 tickets each and 25,000 tickets sold to fans worldwide via the UEFA website from 26 February to 25 March 2015 in four price categories: 130, €90, €65, and €40.[19]

Match

Kits

At the behest of club president José Castro, Sevilla chose to wear their red away kit, featuring their badge rather than the "SFC" monogram which they had previously been sporting.[20]

Summary

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Carlos Bacca scored twice for Sevilla, including the winning goal

Although Sevilla dominated possession in the early exchanges, Dnipro opened the scoring after seven minutes when Nikola Kalinić headed in a cross from Matheus. In the 28th minute, Dnipro failed to clear from a free kick and Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak took possession of the ball, taking a step to evade Leo Matos before shooting an equaliser in his home city. Only three minutes later, the Spanish club took the lead, when captain José Antonio Reyes, in what was reported to be his final match for Sevilla, found Carlos Bacca who rounded Dnipro goalkeeper Denys Boyko. Only two minutes before half time, Dnipro equalised, with Ruslan Rotan dispatching a free kick past Sergio Rico.[21]

In the 58th minute, Sevilla made the game's first substitution: Reyes made way for Coke, who went into his habitual right-back position, pushing Aleix Vidal forward into the right-wing position held by Reyes. Fifteen minutes later, Sevilla scored the winner, Bacca converting after being supplied by Vitolo. Soon after, Dnipro made an attacking change, replacing Kalinić with Yevhen Seleznyov, and Sevilla substituted Bacca for Kévin Gameiro. The two teams then made their last substitutions in the closing stages, Dnipro replaced Jaba Kankava with Yevhen Shakhov and Sevilla took off Éver Banega for Vicente Iborra.[21]

Soon after all changes had been made, Dnipro's Matheus collapsed and was taken off by medical staff. Manager Myron Markevych confirmed that he was treated at hospital for a nasal fracture and a head injury, being discharged in good health hours later to reunite with his team-mates.[22]

Details

GK 71 23x15px Denys Boyko
RB 44 23x15px Artem Fedetskyi
CB 23 23x15px Douglas
CB 14 23x15px Yevhen Cheberyachko
LB 12 23x15px Lėo Matos Booked 83'
DM 7 23x15px Jaba Kankava Booked 17' Substituted off 85'
DM 25 23x15px Valeriy Fedorchuk Substituted off 68'
RW 99 23x15px Matheus
AM 29 23x15px Ruslan Rotan (c) Booked 75'
LW 10 23x15px Yevhen Konoplyanka
CF 9 23x15px Nikola Kalinić Booked 45+2' Substituted off 78'
Substitutes:
GK 16 23x15px Jan Laštůvka
DF 2 23x15px Alexandru Vlad
MF 19 23x15px Roman Bezus Booked 70' Substituted in 68'
MF 20 23x15px Bruno Gama
MF 24 23x15px Valeriy Luchkevych
MF 28 23x15px Yevhen Shakhov Substituted in 85'
FW 11 23x15px Yevhen Seleznyov Substituted in 78'
Manager:
23x15px Myron Markevych
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GK 29 23x15px Sergio Rico
RB 22 23x15px Aleix Vidal
CB 6 23x15px Daniel Carriço Booked 62'
CB 15 23x15px Timothée Kolodziejczak
LB 2 23x15px Benoît Trémoulinas
DM 25 23x15px Stéphane Mbia
DM 4 23x15px Grzegorz Krychowiak Booked 45+2'
RW 10 23x15px José Antonio Reyes (c) Substituted off 58'
AM 19 23x15px Éver Banega Substituted off 89'
LW 20 23x15px Vitolo
CF 9 23x15px Carlos Bacca Booked 74' Substituted off 82'
Substitutes:
GK 13 23x15px Beto
DF 3 23x15px Fernando Navarro
DF 5 23x15px Diogo Figueiras
DF 23 23x15px Coke Substituted in 58'
MF 12 23x15px Vicente Iborra Substituted in 89'
MF 17 23x15px Denis Suárez
FW 7 23x15px Kévin Gameiro Substituted in 82'
Manager:
23x15px Unai Emery

Man of the Match:
Éver Banega (Sevilla)[1]

Assistant referees:
Mike Mullarkey (England)[24]
Stephen Child (England)[24]
Fourth official:
Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)[24]
Additional assistant referees:
Anthony Taylor (England)[24]
Andre Marriner (England)[24]
Reserve assistant referee:
Jake Collin (England)[24]

Match rules[25]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

Statistics

See also

References

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