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Press hail Sevilla, salute Dnipro

"Welcome to glory, to ecstasy," wrote ABC de Sevilla while Vesti called the UEFA Europa League final "the end of a fairy tale for brave Dnipro". We round up the media reaction.

Spain are proud of Sevilla, Poland of Grzegorz Krychowiak
Spain are proud of Sevilla, Poland of Grzegorz Krychowiak ©AFP/Getty Images


'Oh my Sevilla, we are the champions'
"The champions were dressed for the occasion. Sevilla did it again in their favourite competition and although they struggled more than many expected them to, they brought the Europa League back to Seville, booked their place in the Champions League and secured an important financial injection too. The Andalusians are specialists in this competition and they now have four gongs in their trophy cabinet."

Estadio Deportivo (based in Seville)
'Four-time champions and into the Champions League'
"The final was not nearly as straightforward as many believed it would be. The players knew it and they kept saying it before the game. Dnipro had got this far for a reason. They made things difficult, very difficult in fact, but the Europa League belongs to Sevilla. This love affair has grown stronger over time."

ABC de Sevilla
"Welcome to glory, to ecstasy. To the madness that only the four-time champions of the Europa League can begin to understand. Stop for a few seconds, look at the tears of joy coming from your fellow supporter, and tell them, 'We are champions of Europe again.' Yes, once again."


'The stuff of legends'
"Carlos Bacca, the boy from Puerto Colombia who used to work as a bus conductor when he was 20, was the hero of Sevilla's fourth Europa League title. It was he who turned Sevilla into kings of Europe who are now in the history books, leaving Juventus, Inter and Liverpool in their wake, and playing next season's Champions League like what they are: one of Europe's great clubs."

'A defeat met with applause'

"That's it, the end of a fairy tale for good and brave Dnipro – overcoming major difficulties and obstacles while closing in on their goal. It ended not the way millions of Ukrainians had hoped, but the Dnipryani still received their round of applause after the final whistle. They were praised for their performance not only in the final but in Europa League as a whole. Dnipro enjoyed their best European season despite the loss to Sevilla and there's nothing you can really do when you meet a team with so much European experience."

Football Club
'Cup too heavy to lift'
"They could not jump any higher. We remember Yevgen Kucherevskyy [one of the most successful coaches in Dnipro's history] telling his players in disaffection: 'Maybe it is time to bring a cup to our city now?' Not the best comparison probably, but I still hope this Dnipro with their excellent coaching team can start collecting a set of Ukrainian cups – then they can turn to Europe."


'Didn't reach the eighth heaven'
"Dnipro stopped a step short of Ukraine's fifth European trophy. Myron Markevych said he reached seventh heaven by making it to the final. The players promised to climb to the eighth, but they failed despite the hopes of all Ukraine."

Gazeta Wyborcza

'Krychowiak League'
"Before [Grzegorz] Krychowiak only two Poles had scored in European finals – legendary defender Stanisław Oślizło, when Górnik Zabrze played in the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1970, and Zbigniew Boniek for Juventus, 14 years later in the same competition, scoring twice. So the Sevilla midfielder becomes the third Pole to do it in a decisive game, and the first one in a Europa League final. And this was key to the Sevilla victory. The goal was a product of his main quality – fighting until the last. Krychowiak is the first Pole to win a European trophy in his own country."

Przegląd Sportowy
'Krychowiak gets the trophy'

Krychowiak became the fourth Pole to lift the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League after Andrzej Buncol (Bayer Leverkusen, 1988), Tomasz Rząsa (Feyenoord, 2002) and Mariusz Lewandowski (Shakhtar Donetsk, 2009). It is difficult to conjure a better image than a Polish player lifting a major trophy in his own country. Krychowiak was one of the best players on the pitch and his contribution was great."

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COLOMBIA (home of Carlos Bacca):
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'Bacca makes his mark in Sevilla triumph'
"With two goals, Carlos Bacca stamped his mark on the Europa League final. This triumph saw Bacca equal the feat of his compatriots Luis Amaranto Perea and Radamel Falcao García by winning two Europa League trophies."

El Espectador
'Two Bacca specials, and one trophy'
"At 18, Carlos Bacca thought about quitting football due to a lack of opportunities. He was paid to play matches at weekends for a bus company and little by little he was growing tired of it, because he saw no clear way of making a living from the sport. Far from being able to complete his dream of becoming a professional footballer, he dedicated his time to working as a bus conductor. His day started at four in the morning and finished close to 11 at night. One day, David Pinillos saw him play and gave him a chance at Barranquilla FC. He then went to Júnior, then to Brugge in Belgium, and after establishing himself in Europe, he went to Sevilla, a club that has given him so much joy and made him a two-time champion of Europe."

The local focus was naturally on FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk forward Nikola Kalinić, who became the first Croatian to score in a UEFA Europa League final. However, Večernji list quotes Kalinić as saying: "I would give up my 100 goals for that trophy! We were really close, it wouldn't have been undeserved if we had won it."