Liverpool will be looking to halt Sevilla’s quest of winning the UEFA Europa League for a third time in a row when both teams meet in Wednesday’s final in Basel, Switzerland.
The last time Liverpool met a Spanish team in the final of the then UEFA Cup was in 2001 against Alaves which the Reds won 5-4.
Ahead of the final between Liverpool and Sevilla, Completesportsnigeria.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI digs up the outcomes in the last five European finals between English and Spanish teams…
BARCELONA 3-1 MANCHESTER UNITED (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL, 2011)
Barcelona returned to Wembley, the venue where they won their first ever UEFA Champions League, as they took on Premier
League champions Manchester United in the final of the 2011 edition.
Looking to avenge the 2-0 defeat they suffered in the hands of Barcelona in Rome in 2009, Manchester United came up short
again as they lost 3-1.
Pedro Rodriguez put Barcelona ahead before Wayne Rooney drew Manchester United level to end the first half 1-1.
In the second half, Lionel Messi made it 2-1 while David Villa grabbed the third goal to secure Barcelona their fourth
Champions League title.
ATLETICO MADRID 2-1 FULHAM (EUROPA CUP FINAL, 2010)
The 2009-2010 UEFA Europa League was the first season of the revamped European football competition formerly known as the
Meeting for the first time ever, Atletico Madrid and Fulham squared off in the final which was played inside the HSH Nordbank Arena, in Hamburg, Germany.
Former Manchester United forward Diego Forlan gave Atletico Madrid the lead in the 32nd minute. Simon Davies equalised for surprise finalists Fulham in the 37th minute.
The game dragged into extra-time and was four minutes away from penalty shootout before Forlan scored the winning goal.
BARCELONA 2-0 MANCHESTER UNITED (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL, 2009)
After winning the 2008 Champions League, Manchester United were hoping to become the first team to retain the trophy since its new format.
Manchester United met Barcelona in the final held inside the Rome Olympic Stadium.
The English champions dominated the early part of the game but found themselves behind, following Samuel Etoo’s opener.
Lionel Messi finally put the game beyond doubt, as he headed in the second goal to end the tie 2-0.
SEVILLA 4-0 MIDDLESBROUGH (EUROPA CUP FINAL, 2006)
The final of the 2006 UEFA Cup final turned out to be a one-sided affair following Sevilla’s humiliating 4-0 win against Middlesbrough.
Brazil forward Luis Fabiano set the ball rolling when he put Sevilla ahead in the first half.
In the second half, Enzo Maresca bagged a brace to make it 3-0 in favour of Sevilla.
And with a minute remaining, Frederic Kanoute completed the rout by scoring the fourth goal.
BARCELONA 2-1 ARSENAL (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL, 2006)
Arsenal qualified for the final of the Champions League for first the time in 2006, and met a star-studded Barcelona side at the Stade de France.
Despite going a man down after Jens Lehmann was sent off, Arsenal took the lead through Sol Campbell.
With 14 minutes left, Samuel Eto’o made it 1-1 after Henrik Larsson slipped a pass to him.
And in the 80th minute, Juliano Belleti scored the decisive goal to break Arsenal’s hearts.