2016 Europa League final from St Jakob-Park in Basel

Full-time: Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla

  • Record-breaking Sevilla win their fifth Europa League title and a third in succession courtesy of brilliant second-half performance in Basel
  • Unai Emery's side, who finished seventh in La Liga, trailed at half-time following a stunning strike from Daniel Sturridge with the outside of his left boot
  • Kevin Gameiro hit back straight after the break with his 29th goal of the season
  • Captain Coke then secured victory with two goals in six minutes, including a controversial effort that was given after the linesman seemed to flag for offside
  • Sevilla qualify for the Champions League, but Liverpool will not compete in European competition next season
Sevilla are the first team to win the Uefa Cup/Europa League in three consecutive years PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

That is all for this live text, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for post-match reaction from Basel.

We will also be back over the weekend to provide coverage of the 2016 FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley, as well as England's first Euro warm-up friendly against Fatih Terim's Turkey.

Until then, goodnight.


As for Liverpool, a second final defeat in three months - not to mention a fifth in succession for Klopp as a manager - will come as a very painful blow. They impressed for the majority of that first half but ultimately paid the price for not going for the jugular when they were on top and some sloppy defending from the likes of Moreno.

This defeat coupled with an eighth-place finish in the Premier League means they will not play in either European competition next season. Many of their players will now need to shake off the disappointment and regroup with their respective national teams ahead of Euro 2016.



A fantastic second half from record-breakers Sevilla, who were too reserved before the interval but awoke from their slumber to turn the tide in devastating fashion. Gameiro is a striker in tremendous form and skipper Coke certainly did not look out of place operating in a more advanced position.

What a confidence boost this will be going into Sunday's Copa del Rey final against Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon. Emery's stock continues to grow amid reported interest from Everton despite that aforementioned away record.


Sevilla win the Europa League for the third consecutive season



Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla


Liverpool's sense of frustration is summed up by a very poor challenge from Clyne on Vitolo that is deservedly punished with a yellow card.


Liverpool win a corner that is comfortably dealt with by Sevilla. Vitolo then fires an effort wide and Uruguayan midfielder Cristoforo comes on for Banega, who receives jubilant embraces from both Coke and Emery.


Four minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official. Liverpool do not look capable of making things interesting late on.


Gameiro's race is run. He shakes hands with Emery after being replaced by Iborra.


A free-kick floated in towards N'Zonzi is headed away by Lovren as far as Coke, whose latest shot is deflected wide. It's hard to believe that the Sevilla skipper normally operates as a right-back.

Gameiro looks to add his second goal of the night as Liverpool become stretched at the back.


We had a very rare sighting of Coutinho a few minutes ago when he blazed narrowly over the crossbar. The Brazilian has been anonymous throughout most of this game.

Sturridge also tries his luck from distance but fails to trouble Soria. Time is slipping away.


With Allen already on for Lallana, Klopp makes his final change by replacing Toure with Benteke. Liverpool need to throw the kitchen sink at Sevilla now.


Less than 10 minutes plus stoppage time for Liverpool to pull off a comeback akin to the one we saw in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan in Istanbul and stop Sevilla winning an unprecedented third straight title. The shift in momentum tonight has been quite something to behold.


Rami has injured himself while clearing the ball away from an energetic Origi. He signals that he needs to be replaced and eventually makes way for Kolodziejczak after being booked for his painfully slow walk-off.


Origi is the next to be cautioned for catching Rami with his elbow during an aerial challenge.


Confusion reigns in Basel as Coke scores his second goal in a matter of minutes at the back post. Liverpool appeal vigorously for an offside flag but the final two touches on the ball before it reached the scorer were from their players. It looks like the correct decision.

Klopp is incensed and remonstrates angrily with Lallana. Skrtel has also been booked for his protests on the sideline. This is all going horribly, horribly wrong for the Premier League side.

David Ramos/Getty Images


Goal: Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla (Coke)


Firmino is the man to make way for Origi. The 21-year-old Belgian forward had scored five times in as many games before his injury against Everton.

His first intervention is to prevent Krychowiak from aiming a header on target.


Origi is preparing to come on. Klopp will also be concerned about Toure, who is limping after a coming together with Gameiro. The experienced centre-back has been solid for Liverpool tonight.


To their credit, Sevilla have been outstanding since the break and they take the lead with a superb team goal. A flowing passing move that began in their own half involves the likes of Vitolo and Banega before captain Coke pops up to fire a precise first-time shot beyond Mignolet and into the bottom corner.

Is the trophy heading back to Sevilla yet again?

Lars Baron/Getty Images


Goal: Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla (Coke)


A vital save from Mignolet keeps the scores level. A looping throw-in from the left is headed by N'Zonzi into the path of Gameiro, who rather shins his attempted volley and allows the 'keeper to tip over the crossbar.


Vitolo joins Lovren in the book by tripping Lallana. Banega is then retrospectively cautioned for an obvious foul on Toure.


Lovren has to be alert to deny the latest threat supplied by Gameiro. The prolific striker is coming alive after a quiet first half by his usual high standards.