WATCH: “King of Calcio; Big game player” – Fans heap huge praise on Paulo Dybala after sensational goal in Europa League final

Dybala strike sparks the game into life.


WATCH: “King of Calcio; Big game player” – Fans heap huge praise on Paulo Dybala after sensational goal in Europa League final

Paulo Dybala celebrates. (Credits: UEFA Europa League)

Argentine superstar Paulo Dybala opened the scoring for AS Roma in the UEFA Europa League final. The Italians lead Sevilla 1-0 after a closely-contested first half and a well-taken goal.

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Jose Mourinho’s men could not finish in the top four in Serie A and are looking to end their four-year wait for a place in the UEFA Champions League tonight. Something has to give as Sevilla, who have won their previous six Europa League finals, take on Mourinho, who has a 100 per cent record in European finals. A victory would make the Portuguese the most decorated manager in the history of European competitions, going clear of Giovanni Trapattoni.

Dybala’s goal gave him a great chance of achieving precisely that. The Giallorossi struck first in a lightning counter-attack. Nemanja Matic dispossessed Ivan Rakitic in the middle of the pitch, who asked for a foul. The referee played on, and Gianluca Mancini stepped in to find Dybala in space. The Argentine shifted the ball onto his left foot and tucked the ball into the bottom-right corner, sending the travelling Roma fans wild.

Jose Mourinho once again kept his cards close to his chest by starting Argentina’s Paulo Dybala despite saying on Tuesday that he was ready to play “20 or 30 minutes” in the Europa League final against Sevilla in Budapest on Wednesday. The Argentina star has been carrying ankle problems for a month but finally recovered enough to start.

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Fans react to Paulo Dybala’s opener in the UEFA Europa League final

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Paulo Dybala and Jose Mourinho celebrate. (Credits: UEFA Europa League)

Jose Mourinho praised the Sevilla manager ahead of the game and hinted that it would be a hard fought game. “We are two coaches from the same generation, with the same grey hairs and we are in a very similar situation. We’ve been working together for two years with 30 European games under our belts. We are not little angels who arrived here,” he said.

Sevilla are seeking their seventh title in this competition, while for Roma it would be their first. It would add to the Conference League title they won last year, which opened their European trophy cabinet. In addition to the title, the winner will have the prize of playing in the Champions League next season.

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