David de Gea’s missed penalty consigned Manchester United to a dramatic 11-10 penalty shootout defeat against Villarreal in the Europa League final following a 1-1 draw in Gdansk, Poland.
In front of 9,500 supporters, Gerard Moreno met Daniel Parejo’s free-kick to steer home his 30th goal in all competitions to give the Spanish side a first-half lead (29).
United, who won the competition under Jose Mourinho in 2017, were indebted once again to the razor-sharp finishing of Edinson Cavani, who struck his 16th goal in his last 11 Europa League starts to haul his side level (55).
It was one of just two shots on target from United as extra time failed to illuminate a poor contest, but goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli would prove the hero during a pulsating shootout, first converting his own penalty before keeping out De Gea’s effort as Unai Emery clinched a fourth Europa League title and Villarreal a first ever major trophy.
How Villarreal won the shootout 11-10
|Gerard Moreno scored||Juan Mata scored|
|Raba scored||Alex Telles scored|
|Paco Alcacer scored||Bruno Fernandes scored|
|Alberto Moreno scored||Marcus Rashford scored|
|Daniel Parejo scored||Edinson Cavani scored|
|Moi Gomez scored||Fred scored|
|Raul Albiol scored||Daniel James scored|
|Francis Coquelin scored||Luke Shaw scored|
|Mario Gaspar scored||Axel Tuanzebe scored|
|Pau Torres scored||Victor Lindelof scored|
|Geronimo Rulli scored||David De Gea missed|