Villarreal 1-1 Manchester United (aet, 11-10 pens): Spanish side win Europa League in marathon shoot-out
Wednesday 26 May 2021
Gerónimo Rulli saved the 22nd kick of a marathon shoot-out from fellow goalkeeper David de Gea to give Villarreal their first major European trophy.
Villarreal claimed their first major European title in dramatic circumstances, goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli saving the 22nd kick of a marathon penalty shoot-out from Manchester United opposite number David de Gea in Gdańsk.
Match in brief
Villarreal, in their first major European final, were pushed back in the opening stages, although they defended in numbers and Yeremi Pino twice had glimpses of the United goal. The English team failed to heed the threat, and were caught out in the 29th minute as Dani Parejo floated a free-kick into the penalty area and Gerard Moreno lost his markers to flick beyond De Gea.
United hit back ten minutes into the second period, Villarreal clearing Luke Shaw’s corner only as far as Marcus Rashford, whose deflected effort fell for Edinson Cavani to prod in. United look the likelier to find a winner but again struggled to create clear chances in normal time and, though Villarreal pressed in the extra 30 minutes, neither side did enough to win it before the shoot-out. There the first 20 kicks were converted before Rulli stepped up to drill beyond De Gea and then saved from his United counterpart to take the trophy to Spain.