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Bacca fireworks in a record fourth title for Sevilla

Dnipro 2-3 Sevilla

By Carl Markham

Published 28/05/2015

Sealed with a kiss: Carlos Bacca of Sevilla celebrates
Sealed with a kiss: Carlos Bacca of Sevilla celebrates

Colombian hitman Carlos Bacca claimed a double as Sevilla made Europa League history by seeing off Dnipro to win the competition for a record fourth time.

The 28-year-old struck either half of time to secure a 3-2 victory at Warsaw's Narodowy Stadium and hand the Spaniards back-to-back triumphs in the competition in its current format and its previous incarnation as the Uefa Cup.

In the process, they went one better than Inter Milan, Juventus and Liverpool, with whom they had been level on three wins before kick-off.

Nikola Kalinic had given the Ukraine outfit, playing in their first major European final, a seventh-minute lead, but goals from Grzegorz Krychowiak and Bacca inside three first-half minutes put the holders in pole position to retain the trophy.

Ruslan Rotan's free-kick gave the Ukraine side hope, but Bacca won it with 17 minutes remaining with his sixth goal in this season's competition.

Dnipro forced their way in front with just seven minutes gone.

Kalinic climbed high to to flick a long ball into the path of wide-man Matheus and then made his way into the middle to despatch the Brazilian's inch-perfect cross with a firm downward header.

Sevilla gathered themselves and gradually built up a head of steam, and they might have been level 17 minutes later had goalkeeper Denys Boyko not reacted smartly to repel Krychowiak's header. However, the Poland international was not to be denied and he levelled with 28 minutes gone when, after Dnipro had failed to deal adequately with a corner, he took an intelligent touch before firing right-footed past Boyko.

Sevilla's concerted response paid dividends once again within four minutes when Bacca ran on to Jose Antonio Reyes' superb pass to round the keeper and slot into the empty net.

But Rotan levelled with a sumptuous 44th-minute free-kick.

Sevilla regained the lead with 17 minutes remaining when Vitolo stabbed the ball through to Bacca, whose emphatic left-foot finish gave Boyko no chance.

The Dnipro keeper denied Bacca a hat-trick with a fine 79th-minute save, and the frontman left the pitch to warm applause three minutes later when he was replaced by Kevin Gameiro with his job done.

The Spanish side held on, although the game ended in worrying circumstances for Dnipro as midfielder Matheus left the field on a stretcher after appearing to collapse following a clash of heads.

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