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SEVILLA 0-1 INTER MILAN | LUKAKU [4]

Sevilla XI: Bounou, Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Reguilon, Fernando, Banega, Ocampos, Suso, Jordan, de Jong

Inter Milan XI: Handanovic, Godin, de Vrij, Bastoni, D’Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young, Lukaku, Martinez

  • Romelu Lukaku converts from the penalty spot having been brought down by Diego Carlos

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SEVILLA 0-1 INTER MILAN

8: Romelu Lukaku has scored 34 goals this season in all competitions: the last Inter’ player to score as many goals in his first campaign for the Nerazzurri was Ronaldo in 1997/98.

7: Well if that’s how Sevilla are planning on defending tonight then this could be a cricket score. Although the Spaniards came from behind against Manchester United in the semi-final AND came from behind against Liverpool to win the competition a few years back.

SEVILLA 0-1 INTER MILAN | LUKAKU

4: GOAL! Romelu Lukaku makes no mistake with the penalty. That’s his 34th goal of his debut season for Inter Milan.

3: Penalty to Inter Milan! And it’s just about the clearest spot-kick you’ll see all season. Romelu Lukaku strides beyond Diego Carlos and into the penalty area. The Sevilla centre-back doesn’t bother trying to win the ball and rakes Lukaku’s calf. Should be a red, but he’s shown a merciful yellow instead.

2: Drama after about 30 seconds. Danilo D’Ambrosio looks to have put his elbow in the face of Sevilla left-back Sergio Reguilon but referee Danny Makkelie isn’t interested. The free-kick is just about hacked away.

SEVILLA 0-0 INTER MILAN

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1: PEEP! And we’re underway in the Europa League final! It’s Spain vs Italy, it’s Julen Lopetegui vs Antonio Conte, it’s… well it’s a game of football for a very tidy trophy. I think Sevilla tonight myself, masters of the Europa League…

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‘Important things’

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte: “It’s been a positive season. We’ve done important things and have made major improvements.

“We’ve managed to get to the Europa League final, despite the small disappointment of not getting through the Champions League group stage.

“It has allowed us to have a much more successful journey in the Europa League than we would have had in the Champions League. I think this team – with a lot of young, inexperienced players – needed that.”

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‘Great team’

Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui: “This is a completely new and different team, with different players and a different manager.

“It helps that the club have reached this stage before, but I don’t think it’s an advantage for anybody.

“Two totally different teams are playing, and we are up against a great team.

“Inter are a team equipped to compete in the Champions League, given the calibre of players they have, which is extraordinary, and their very experienced manager who has coached many top teams.

“What I expect is a top-quality match which will demand the best of us. We will try to prepare well for it and have the answers for such a daunting challenge.”

Did you know…

Ashley Young is the first Englishman to start a UEFA European final for a non-British club since Owen Hargreaves started the 2001 Champions League final for Bayern Munich.

Of course you didn’t know that. Nor did I. But perhaps you’ll be able to use it as pub ammunition when the conversation is in short supply.

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Team news

Nice and simple. Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte fields an unchanged starting XI from their emphatic five-goal thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk.

Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez lead the line.

Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui makes one change. Luuk de Jong is rewarded for his semi-final winner by replacing Youssef En-Nesyri.

Fixtures…

So there are, in fact, TWO Europa League fixtures this evening. Bet you didn’t know that…

Obviously we have the final between Sevilla and Inter Milan.

But there’s also the small matter of a preliminary qualifier between… Tre Penne vs Gjilani.

It’s the BIG one folks. The San Marino giants take on their Kosovo counterparts.

Starting XI

And we have the line ups. Familiar names all over the place but Premier League fans will best recognise Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young and Jesus Navas. Lucas Ocampos passes a late fitness test and makes the starting XI.

Sevilla XI: Bounou, Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Reguilon, Fernando, Banega, Ocampos, Suso, Jordan, de Jong.

Subs: Vaclik, Sergi Gomez, Munir, Gudelj, Escudero, Torres, Vazquez, Alonso, Sanchez, Genaro, Perez, En-Nesyri.

Inter Milan XI: Handanovic, Godin, de Vrij, Bastoni, D’Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young, Lukaku, Martinez.

Subs: Padelli, Sanchez, Moses, Sensi, Ranocchia, Valero, Esposito, Pirola, Biraghi, Skriniar, Candreva.

Sevilla vs Inter LIVE: Score and Europa League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Evening…

Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Sevilla vs Inter Milan from Cologne.

Ok, it’s not the Europa League final we were expecting… but it’s football on a Friday night, so let’s just be thankful.

It’s Spain vs Italy while the sides from England lick their wounds and enjoy their various beach holidays.

… not everyone is enjoying their holidays of course… a certain Mr Maguire looks to be in a spot of bother over on the island of Mykonos.

Anyway, team news and line ups will be dropping shortly. Standby.

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