'What a story': Penalty shootout 'madness' decides Europa League final

·Sports Reporter
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Manchester United players (pictured right) upset after David De Gea's (pictured left) missed penalty handed Villarreal the Europa League Final.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea (pictured left) missed a penalty to hand Villarreal the Europa League Final. (Optus Sport/Getty Images)

Villarreal has won the Europa League in unbelievable fashion after defeating Manchester United on penalties 11-10.

The 'Yellow Submarine' finished seventh this year in La Liga and were set to miss out on Champions League qualifications until an incredible penalty shootout saw every player score except for United's keeper David De Gea.

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In the first European final to be played in front of a crowd in two years amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Villarreal survived a tough second half to give coach Unai Emery a record fourth title in the competition - three of them with Sevilla, leaving United without a trophy since their Europa triumph in 2017.

The Spanish outfit, from a small town in the east of Spain, opened the scoring after Gerard Moreno continued his remarkable goal scoring run.

The striker poked the ball home from a beautiful free-kick from Dani Parejo in the 37th minute.

But United equalised when Edinson Cavani swept the ball into the net after collecting Marcus Rashford's deflected shot on 55 minutes.

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Villarreal held out through the second half and extra-time before a simply incredible penalty shootout.

all outfield players scored their penalties before Rulli got the better of de Gea.

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The football reacted with astonishment in the manner in which Villarreal won the penalty shootout.

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Many fans also reserved praise for Unai Emery who has now won his fourth Europa League trophy (three with Sevilla, one with Villarreal)

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