Manchester United lose Europa League final as Villarreal win penalty shootout after David de Gea’s failure –

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Manchester United lose Europa League final as Villarreal win penalty shootout after David de Gea’s failure – fr


Villarreal won the Europa League with a spectacular penalty shootout victory over Manchester United in Gdansk, as David de Gea missed the crucial kick after the other 21 players scored.

Gerard Moreno’s 30th goal of the season gave the Spanish side a lead in the first half, but Edinson Cavani equalized after the break and extra time couldn’t separate the teams.

Remarkably, all ten outfielders on both sides found the net with their kicks, before Villarreal keeper Geronimo Rulli became the hero, crushing his own penalty and then refusing De Gea.
It was a heartbreaking end to a promising season for United, who finished as a Premier League runner-up and showed clear signs of progress.
But set pieces in defense have always been a problem and Moreno opened the scoring by meeting Dani Parejo’s formidable free kick all too easily.
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Cavani equalized early in the second half after Marcus Rashford’s volley fell nicely for him from close and Villarreal hung on for extra time, which Unai Emery’s men edged out before triumphing on penalties .
Success-hungry Villarreal fans went wild at Stadion Gdansk, where you wouldn’t know there were only 9,500 entrants given the din from start to finish.
The Red Devils saw a good start run out of steam, with United target Pau Torres heading towards Carlos Bacca’s outrageous Rabona cross.
Luke Shaw blew up a dangerous cross on the other end and Rashford saw a hoped-for long-range strike saved, but United stuttered and Villarreal started from a free kick in the 29th minute.
Moreno took off Shaw as Parejo’s ball entered, Victor Lindelof being caught by the Spanish sniper run behind him as he headed past De Gea – selected in place of Dean Henderson – to send the wall of yellow wild.

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