Liverpool: 1-0: 1
Sevilla: 0-3: 3
Liverpool have done little to turn the tide here. That quick burst from Sevilla really short-circuited the Reds, and they don’t have the same approach as they did in the early stages.
IT’S A MELTDOWN FOR LIVERPOOL!
The Spaniards have struck again in the second half, and have really blown this match open. A Liverpool deflection puts the ball at Coke’s feet, who rifles the ball past Mignolet for his second goal in less than ten minutes.
Klopp is livid on the sidelines, as lax Liverpool defense allowed Sevilla to pounce on the deflection for an easy finish.
Sevilla have the lead!
The tables have turned in Basel, as Sevilla has put the Liverpool defense on their heels. This time it was Coke with the finish, after a great run by Vitolo shredded the defense. Liverpool have work to do in the final 30 minutes or else Sevilla will win their third straight Europa League.
HERE WE GO. 17 SECONDS IN.
Gameiro equalizes for Sevilla, getting behind the Liverpool defense right after the second half whistle. He’s the dangerman for Sevilla, and Liverpool should be careful not to let him get going.
Aside from some indivisual magic from Daniel Sturridge, not much to talk about in Switzerland. The refs might have missed a few handballs, but otherwise Sevilla have played a clean game against the Reds. 45 minutes left with Sevilla needing to equalize, and this is where the experience will show. Sevilla trailed twice during last year’s final, but rallied to secure a 3-2 victory over Dnipro.
Liverpool lead 1-0 thanks to Daniel Sturridge, who blasts a shot to the far post from just inside the box.
Bicycle kick from Gameiro! The shot goes wide, but Sevilla have plenty of tricks remaining as the first half winds down.
Chance for Sturridge! The England striker gets behind the defense, but the angle is too tight and his shot is turned away.
Rain starting to fall. Sevilla have held possession longer, but Liverpool have had better chances.
Underway in Basel!
Stakes are high in Basel as Sevilla and Liverpool meet in the 2016 Europa League final. It’s familiar territory for Sevilla, who are looking to be the first club to win the competition three successive years. Liverpool finished eighth in England in their first year under German manager Jurgen Klopp, but has a new energy moving forward and the club is favored to win their sixth European Cup in club history today.
Klopp is in control of Liverpool’s future, and can bury his past failures with a trophy today. Klopp has lost his last four cup finals in his managerial career, including the 2013 Champions League final.
Form is near irrelevant, as both teams have kept their best players rested during the final weeks of domestic play. Klopp made 11 changes to his lineup in the EPL finale against West Brom, which his side drew 1-1. Sevilla struggled to end La Liga, winning just one of their final five fixtures.
Liverpool finish their season Wednesday, after a 2015-16 campaign in which they played 63 matches. Sevilla are still not done, as they have a Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on the weekend.
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