The Italian side A.S. Roma, led by coach Jose Mourinho, beat the Dutch side Feyenoord Rotterdam to claim their first ever European title, and their first trophy since 2008.
A.S. Roma opened the scoring with a 32nd minute goal by Zaniolo, after a Mancini long ball into the area found the 22 year old striker, who chipped it past Feyenoord keeper Bijlow for the opener.
The first half ended on Zaniolo’s solitary goal and no other memorable moments.
45 minutes only separated Roma from the UEFA European Conference League title and their first ever European title.
Feyenoord dominated the game’s second half from their start, with an effort from a corner kick deflecting off a Roma defender onto the post, and then bouncing back to Feyenoord’s Til, whose effort was miraculously dealt with by Roma’s goalkeeper Patricio.
Patricio was summoned to action once more, after beautiful teamwork from Feyenoord ended at the feet of left back Malacia, who belted an absolute cannonball towards goal, only for Patricio, and the crossbar, to deny him what would have been a world-class finish.
Roma were kept dormant for most of the game, with their defensive backline arguably being their best performers throughout the game, denying Feyenoord chance after chance.
It was only after more than 25 minutes had elapsed that Roma substitute Jordan Veretout was able to threaten Feyenoord’s goalie with a shot from outside the penalty box that was dealt with by Bijlow.
The 85th minute almost saw the Italian side seal the deal when team caption Lorenzo Pellegrini’s effort from inside the area was blocked by Feyenoord’s goalkeeper.
Roma held for the remainder of the game, winning the match and ending a 14 year trophy drought,