Jose Mourinho’s Roma win first main European title in additional than 60 years with 1-Zero victory over Feyenoord in Tirana.
Nicolo Zaniolo’s aim earned AS Roma its first main European title in additional than 60 years after a 1-Zero win over Feyenoord within the Europa Convention League ultimate in Albania, finishing a singular European trophy haul for Jose Mourinho.
Roma coach Mourinho, who had beforehand gained the Champions League, Europa League and the UEFA Cup with different golf equipment, can now add the third-tier European title – the Italian aspect’s first trophy in 14 years – to his medal tally.
The 22-year-old Zaniolo earned Roma victory on Wednesday with an expertly-taken end within the 32nd minute, as he grew to become the primary Italian to attain in a European ultimate since Filippo Inzaghi towards Liverpool within the 2007 Champions League.
Roma, whose solely earlier continental title was the outdated Gala’s Cup in 1961, held off a spirited comeback from their Dutch opponents, who had been twice denied by the woodwork within the second half.
That ensured that Mourinho grew to become the primary supervisor to win a European trophy with 4 completely different golf equipment, after earlier successes at Porto, Inter Milan and Manchester United.
“We’re an actual crew, we proved that. Now we’ve to have fun after which begin once more, which is at all times troublesome after an ideal victory, however an actual crew wins, celebrates and begins once more,” Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini informed Sky Sport Italia.
“I stated yesterday that I by no means would’ve imagined on the age of 25 to attain this with the Roma jersey and the captain’s armband. It’s a fantastic second.”
“Right now wasn’t work, this was historical past,” Mourinho stated. “Both you write it otherwise you don’t and we wrote it. I’ve been at Roma for 11 months and I realised the second I arrived what it meant – that they had been ready for this.”
Provided that each Roma and Feyenoord got here into the competition having already secured Europa League soccer for subsequent season by way of their home league place, it was all concerning the glory in Tirana.
Early on it regarded like there was solely going to be one winner, as Roma dominated the opening exchanges, with out troubling Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bijlow, enjoying his first match since March 10.
One probability was all they wanted to carry the lead on the interval, with Zaniolo brilliantly bringing the ball down on his chest earlier than slotting dwelling his first aim in all competitions since a hat-trick within the quarter-finals towards Bodo/Glimt.
Zaniolo additionally grew to become the youngest Italian to attain in a serious European ultimate since Alessandro Del Piero towards Borussia Dortmund within the Champions League in Might 1997.
Feyenoord, seeking to be the primary Dutch membership to win a European competitors in 20 years, since their 2002 UEFA Cup triumph, failed to essentially check Rui Patricio within the Roma aim within the opening interval.
But they began the second half brightly, with Roma’s Gianluca Mancini diverting an early Feyenoord nook onto his personal publish.
The Dutch aspect stored coming and hit the woodwork once more as Tyrell Malacia’s excellent strike from 25 metres was tipped onto the publish by Patricio.
Additional probabilities got here and went, however some last-ditch blocks and wasteful ending ensured Roma’s lengthy anticipate a European trophy would finish in Mourinho’s first season within the Italian capital.
“We actually needed to take that cup with us, to thank the supporters and to place Feyenoord again on the map, sadly it didn’t work out like that,” Bijlow stated.
“We put the stress on them and then you definitely noticed they’d hassle coping with us. However sadly it wasn’t adequate. It’s particularly horrible that we will’t take the cup to Rotterdam.”