MATCHDAY: Inter takes on Sevilla in Europa League final
A look at Friday’s Europa League final between Sevilla and Inter Milan:
Inter Milan is playing its first European final in 10 years in Cologne against the undisputed Europa League specialists. Sevilla has won the competition five times and has never lost a final. Inter’s forward partnership of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez shone in the 5-0 semifinal win over Shakhtar Donetsk with two goals each. Sevilla had to dig deep to beat Manchester United 2-1 in the other semifinal. Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou stood out for Sevilla with some crucial saves before Luuk de Jong scored the winning goal off the bench in the 78th minute.
Sevilla: Lucas Ocampos (17 goals).
Inter: Romelu Lukaku (33 goals).
Sevilla: Ever Banega (10 assists).
Inter: Ashley Young (5 assists since joining in January).
Sevilla: Diego Carlos.
Inter: Stefan de Vrij.
Sevilla: La Liga (4th), Copa del Rey (round of 16).
Inter: Serie A (2nd), Coppa Italia (semifinals).
EUROPEAN CUP BEST
Sevilla: Quarterfinals (2018).
Inter: Champions (1964, 1965, 2010).
EUROPA LEAGUE/UEFA CUP BEST
Sevilla: Champions (2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016).
Inter: Champions (1991, ’94, ’98).
Sevilla: 197 million euros ($233 million).
Inter: 417 million euros ($494 million).
Finances based on latest figures reported by the club or UEFA.