Welcome to Soccerlens’ live coverage of the Europa League final, Liverpool v Sevilla, featuring the very best from Twitter and the web during the match, goal highlights and much more. Kickoff is at 19:45 in a packed St Jakob-Park in Basel, with this the first of two showpiece European club football finals this month.
The UEFA Europa League final is one of the most important games in the footballing calender, second only to the UEFA Champions League final. Spanish side Sevilla are the defending champions and are bidding to become the first team in history to win three consecutive Europa Leagues/UEFA Cups, having won the past two editions of the tournament. They are also the most successful side in the history of the competition with four titles.
Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro has an outside chance of picking up the Europa League golden boot with the Frenchman three goals behind current top scorer Aduriz of Athletic Bilbao, who were eliminated by Sevilla in the quarter finals.
Liverpool are just behind them with three titles, joint second with Serie A pair Juventus and Inter Milan. The English side have real pedigree at the top level of European competition, having last won the Champions League in 2005 and finished as runners-up in the 2007 final.
Their last Europa League/UEFA Cup success came in 2001 when they beat Deportivo Alavés in an extraordinary match that ended 5-4 to the Premier League side, with an own goal from Delfí Geli giving Liverpool the crucial golden goal. That UEFA Cup title completed a treble of trophies for the English side along with the League Cup and FA Cup.
The winner of this evening’s showpiece final will not only take home the coveted Europa League trophy but also gain entry into the 2016/17 Champions League and book their place in the UEFA Super Cup against one of Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid who will compete in the 2016 Champions League final on May 28th in Milan.