The first major crown of Villarreal
Villarreal beat Manchester United in a penalty shootout to win the Europa League title. Vieira won by 11 goals to 10. The match moved to a shootout when both teams scored one goal each in regulation and overtime.
Manchester United, who played their last chance of the season under coach Ole Soulshire, could not end the crown drought. Following on the Premier League, United also qualified for the Europa League as runners-up. A Spanish club is once again stranded between the Cup and United.
Villarreal, under former Arsenal manager Unai Emery, won the toss and was elected to field. This is Eric’s fourth European title. In the 29th minute, Villarreal took the lead through Gerard Moreno, the second La Liga goal scorer.
United fans were also thrilled when Cavani scored in the second half. Later he saw great progress on the field. The game went into injury time and a penalty shootout when both teams ended in a draw-in regulation time. United goalkeeper David de Gea missed the final kick in a tense fight.
United returned with a nod as Emery’s boys jumped with the first major trophy in history. Their wait for the crown will be even longer.