Europa League

Europa League final Man of the Match: Luuk de Jong

The Dutchman scored two of Sevilla's three goals as Inter were defeated in Cologne

 
10:16pm on Friday 21st August 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Sevilla won the Europa League on Friday evening after an entertaining 3-2 victory against Inter at the RheinEnergieSTADION, with Luuk de Jong emerging as the man of the match with a double in the first half.

It was a superb final, particularly the opening 45 minutes which saw four of the five goals scored.

Inter initially took the lead after a penalty from Romelu Lukaku five minutes in, but Sevilla responded quickly to equalise and then take the lead.

What was De Jong's overall display like?

📷 Match Snapshot

Sevilla were very quickly on the backfoot in the game due to Inter scoring so early, but rallied to equalise just seven minutes later.

⚽ ⏱️ 12' Jesus Navas barges down the right-hand side in plenty of space before teasing a low cross to the front post, which is met by De Jong with a brilliant diving header, with the Dutchman showing superb movement inside the box to get ahead of his marker.

De Jong would go on to score another, completely different header to make it 2-1.

⚽ ⏱️ 33' This time the cross was provided by Ever Banega, with De Jong breaking away into space at the back post to rise above the defender to loop a header over Samir Handanovic.

He was very much the focal point of the Sevilla attack and completed an impressive 16/18 passes considering he was constantly surrounded by Inter defenders.

At times he actually bullied the Diego Godin, Stefan de Vrij, and Alessandro Bastoni, as he won 8/14 ground duels and 5/9 aerual duels.

Sevilla 3-2 Inter: Full Player Ratings and Statistics

〽️ Rating Week-on-Week

✔️ IMPROVEMENT

De Jong came on to score the winner in the semi-final against Manchester United, earning himself a 6.7 FC Rating.

His double to ultimately win the Europa League for Sevilla, however, saw him boosted up to a 8.5 FC Rating.

🗝️ Key Stats

De Jong match stats

StatisticValueNotes
FC Rating8.5🏆 FC Man of the Match
Mins Played85
Shots2
On Target2
Goals2
Duels Won8
Aerial Duels Won5

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