Sevilla Beat Inter to Win Record Sixth Europa League

first_imgLukaku gave the Italian side an early lead from the penalty spot for his 34th goal of the season, extending his record of scoring in consecutive Europa League games to 11.Luuk de Jong scored two headers – from Jesus Navas and Ever Banega crosses to put Sevilla into the lead.Inter were level when Diego Godin nodded in to make it 2-2 in the 35th minute.The game could not continue at that high tempo, but with extra-time looming, there was one final twist.Carlos flew into the air to meet a high ball with an overhead kick which was probably going wide until Lukaku stuck out a leg and diverted it past his own goalkeeper.It was a first trophy in the managerial career of Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, whose side are unbeaten since February, a run of 21 games.Sevilla’s excellent record of never losing a Uefa Cup or Europa League final continues – six finals, six victories.But this was a new Sevilla team – with barely anybody left since their three wins in a row from 2014 to 2016.Former Spain and Real Madrid boss Lopetegui had never won a trophy in his managerial career and there was a complete overhaul of the squad last summer.They were cheered on by two fans, with Sevilla giving two of their 25 tickets for officials to supporters with membership numbers 2108 and 2020 (to make the date of this game).Carlos looked as if he was going to the villain of the run as he lost Lukaku and then fouled the Belgian striker on the corner of the box after five minutes.That was the third Europa League game in a row that he conceded a spot-kick, doing the same in wins over Wolves and Manchester United in the previous two rounds.But their unlikely hero was De Jong, a man who had scored only eight goals since joining last summer – and had a goalless spell with Newcastle in 2014.His first header was a diving one from a Navas cross and his second was a wonderful looping effort into the top corner from Banega’s free-kick.Carlos’ redemption was complete when he tried an audacious effort with help from Lukaku.Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – who has brought in five Premier League players since taking over last summer – led Inter Milan to second place in Serie A this season.That was their best finish since 2010-11, which was also the last time they won a trophy – the Coppa Italia.Left wing-back Ashley Young became the first Englishman to start a European final for a non-British club since Owen Hargreaves in the 2001 Champions League final for Bayern Munich.And it was his former United team-mate Lukaku who had a quick impact when he was fouled for a penalty which he fired home excellently.The plaudits rolled in at that moment. He is the first player to score 34 goals in his first season with Inter since Ronaldo in 1997-98 and his nine European goals is a joint record for an Inter player in a season.But he was not the story of the game – in the way he would have wanted anyway – as Sevilla came back.Inter’s confidence rose again when Godin, another big-name signing last summer, headed in.But Lukaku missed a one-on-one and substitute Alexis Sanchez had a shot cleared off the line, either side of Carlos’ winner.Conte’s future is in doubt after disagreements with the club’s owners. A trophy would have helped.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Europa League kings Sevilla won the tournament for a record sixth time thanks to victory over Inter Milan in a thrilling final in Cologne.The drama started when Sevilla defender Diego Carlos fouled Romelu Lukaku for an Inter penalty – and ended when Lukaku deflected Carlos’ bicycle kick into his own net.It means Inter Milan’s wait for a trophy will tick over into a 10th year at least.last_img read more

Manchester derby takes centre stage in EPL

first_imgCity go head-to-head with arch rivals United at the Etihad Stadium at 4pm.City trail leaders Leicester by 15 points and are also below Tottenham and Arsenal in the race for second and third. Arch-rivals United, who crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Liverpool this week, will be aiming to close the gap on the top four. Elsewhere at 4pm, second placed Totthenam welcome Bournemouth to White Hart Lane.Before that, Newcastle face Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby with only one point separating the two sides at the bottom  of the table.And Liverpool make the trip to a Southampton side sitting just above them on goal difference.Both those games kick off at 1.30pm.last_img read more

Lawmakers Opt To Keep Anchorage LIO Lease … For Now

first_imgIn a 13-to-1 vote, the Legislative Council has decided to punt on the question of what to do with the Anchorage legislative information office.Download AudioThe council, a small but powerful group of lawmakers who effectively serve as the Legislature’s officer managers, decided to pay the rent on the building for the year. Sen. Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican who chairs the group, said that would give them time to see if they can get out of the lease terms.“We will attempt to enter into negotiations with the owners for purchase of the building and the land,” said Stevens.As part of a sole-source contract, the state spent nearly $8 million to renovate the Anchorage LIO last year. But the state does not own the property, and has instead signed a 10-year lease to use it at an annual rate of $3.5 million. In the face of public pressure over the agreement, the Legislature considered buying the building outright, but backed down when the property owners did not want to sell the land.But with the state facing a multi-billion-dollar deficit, lawmakers have toyed with the breaking the lease and relocating to state-owned building at a lower price. Stevens said the extra time would also allow the Legislature think through that option and look at other Anchorage real estate for the office.Rep. Charisse Millett, an Anchorage Republican who serves as the House majority leader, supported delaying action on the Anchorage LIO. She worried about the financial liability if the Legislature breaks its contract.“If we got into a long-term lawsuit over this issue, I don’t think that would be good for the state either,” said Millett.Rep. Sam Kito, a Juneau Democrat and the lone minority member on the council, was the only member to oppose the decision. He argued that the if the Legislature has cheaper office options available now, it should take them.“I do have a concern that as we are telling everybody else to tighten up their belts because we don’t have a lot of money, that we as a Legislature will then be occupying the most expensive building in Anchorage,” said Kito.The Legislature currently faces a lawsuit over the Anchorage LIO over damages allegedly caused to nearby properties during its renovations.last_img read more