As it happened: Sevilla Europa League winners once again after riveting final
Sevilla face Inter Milan tonight

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Goodnight

And so, as Inter collect their runners-up medals with heads bowed, we wrap-up our coverage of a memorable final at the conclusion of this rapid-fire Europa League tournament.

It's the Champions League's turn on Sunday night...

Plaudits

Jesus Navas can now look forward to lifting the trophy for Sevilla after an excellent performance. He made Sevilla's equaliser in the first half, and he barely put a foot wrong defensively.

Credit also to Ever Banega, who capped his final appearance for the club with a dead-ball masterclass to leave Inter stunned.

The match-winning moment

BREAKING: Sevilla win the Europa League

After expertly rounding out the clock, Sevilla have done it! They are Europa League winners for a record-extending sixth time. 

90+3'

The Sevilla substitutes are already hovering on the touchline, ready to charge onto the field when the referee blows his whistle. 

But there may be another chance in this for Inter yet. 

Bounou again!

90+2' Candreva is straight into the action, hooking a cross on target. Bounou is there again to block it behind. 

90'

Conte ditches his back three now by throwing on Candreva for Godin. 

They have SIX additional minutes to force extra-time. 

87'

Sevilla withdraw two of their heroes. 

Off: De Jong, Diego Carlos

On: El-Nesyri, Gudelj

They'll seek to draw on all of their 'know-how' to see this out. 

Off the line!

83' A scramble in slow-motion after a cross reaches Moses at the back post. It then deflects the way of fellow substitute Sanchez, who tamely prods it goalwards, only to be denied at the last by the well-positioned Kounde!

80'

Banega's free-kicks are evading Inter time and again. His latest finds Kounde, who forgivingly heads over. 10 minutes to go in Cologne.

77'

Changes now for both teams. Franco Vazquez replaces Suso for Sevilla.

Conte has to seize the initiative and does so with a triple alteration. Eriksen, Moses and Sanchez on, Gagliardini, Martinez and D'Ambrosio off. 

The goal

It's an overhead kick from the centre-back as Inter once again fail to clear their lines, and as they watch on, the shot strikes Lukaku and skits up into the net. Is that the winner, courtesy of a man who is fortunate to be on the pitch?

GOAL! Sevilla 3-2 Inter

74' AND THEY'VE GRABBED THE LEAD AGAIN. ACROBATICS FROM DIEGO CARLOS!

74'

Gagliardini is cautioned for dragging back Navas, and Sevilla have yet another dangerous wide free-kick...

69'

Later than expected, we see the first substitution of the match, and it's enforced. Ocampos is down, accepting that his race is run. Munir will be his replacement. 

Lukaku denied!

65' The clearest opening in this tighter second half, and Lukaku, of all people, has squandered it. Barella knocks him one against one with Bounoi, but the 'keeper comes out and gets down to stop the Belgian's sidefooted effort. 

61'

For the third time tonight, Ocampos tries his luck after cutting inside onto his right foot. Handanovic isn't made to work, and the Argentine is clutching at the thigh that caused him trouble in the semifinal. 

59'

Inter work a corner-kick to Ashley Young on the edge of the box, and his delicate effort just about clears the crossbar. Conte's men are on top at the moment.

57'

We've not seen all that much of the highly-rated Reguilon tonight, but he threatens here, shuffling past Godin before smashing a shot into the side-netting. 

55'

The fourth booking of the night goes to Bastoni after a late challenge on Suso. 

Close for Inter

52' Diego Carlos crucially gets himself in the way after D'Ambrosio's cross breaks the way of Gagliardini. He's about halfway to atoning for his early error now. 

50'

A slightly disjointed start to the second half, with neither side regaining their rhythm just yet.

Second half moments away

The two sides have re-emerged, and we're ready for at least another 45 minutes of this.

An exclusive club

Unstoppable

Worthy of another look

Enjoy the pick of the first-half goals, courtesy of Luuk de Jong. Remember his goal drought?

 

HT

A fitting end to the half as Handanovic tips over Ocampos' header on the stretch. 

Nearly a fourth headed goal of the night. 

45'

Banega is shown a yellow card after halting Gagliardini's run with a sliding tackle. One added minute.

41'

Five minutes until the break, and you wouldn't bet against one more flashpoint.

The goal

Lukaku won an Inter free-kick of their own just as we were digesting De Jong's effort. Brozovic took, Godin met it, and the net bulged. What next?!

GOAL!!! INTER EQUALISE

37' Oh wow, what a half of football we're witnessing here! It's almost a carbon copy, but at the other end!

The goal

De Jong is lurking around the back awaiting Banega's free-kick, and he attacks the delivery, directing the ball across goal with supreme accuracy. Wonderful. 

GOAL! Sevilla 2-1 Inter

33' Sevilla have turned it around. De Jong again!!

29'

D'Ambrosio is enjoying his attacking licence, always providing a back-post option when Inter attack down the left. This time Gagliardini picks him out, and he glances a header wide. 

21'

There is a genuinely fiery atmosphere about this final, as if it were full of tens of thousands of partisan spectators. 

Inter chance

19' Ashley Young finds space down the left and sends a cross the way of the driving D'Ambrosio, who gets underneath his half-volley. He was unmarked. 

18'

The referee is surrounded once again as Diego Carlos' hand blocks Barella's dink. The VAR has a look and doesn't see enough to award a penalty. 

Antonio Conte is absolutely livid, and he's booked for his protestations. 

15'

Sevilla are looking in confident mood following that goal. Their top scorer Ocampos steps inside and has a go from range, but it ends up in a comfortable gather for the 'keeper. 

The goal

It's a neat exchange on the right flank, culminating in a whipped Jesus Navas cross. De Jong arrives at the front post and connects, with Handanovic's palm unable to keep it. We're level again!

GOAL! Sevilla 1-1 Inter

And that spell has ended in the equaliser! It's Luuk de Jong again!

12'

Both sides have had to compose themselves after that frantic opening. Sevilla enjoying a decent spell of possession. 

6'

A note on that penalty decision - Diego Carlos was fortunate to escape with a yellow card there. It certainly looked as if he cynically halted Lukaku's otherwise unstoppable run. It could have been worse for Sevilla.

GOAL! Inter 1-0 Sevilla

And that is 11 in a row for Lukaku! He sidefoots the ball into the bottom left corner with conviction.

A dramatic start to the final, to say the least.

PENALTY TO INTER MILAN

3' Romelu Lukaku leads an Inter counter-attack and has too much pace, too much power for Diego Carlos. After coming off second best, the Brazilian swipes his ankles and the referee points to the spot without hesitation...

1'

Sevilla's players are furiously demanding action from the referee after D'Ambrosio's arm catches Reguilon. A free-kick, but no more. 

Kick-off

1' Inter frontman Lukaku gets the Europa League final underway.

The teams are out

Sevilla are the first team emerge into the German twilight, closely followed by their Italian opponents.

Inter team news

Alexis Sanchez makes the bench for Inter, unchanged for the fourth UEL match in succession. 

Starting XI: Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Bastoni; D'Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young; Lukaku, Martinez.

Sevilla team news

The headlines from the Sevilla camp are that Lucas Ocampos is fit to start and that semifinal matchwinner Luuk de Jong is given the nod.

Starting XI: Bounou; Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Reguilon; Jordan, Fernando, Banega; Ocampos, De Jong, Suso.

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Pot one of UCL the aim

Both of these teams finished in the Champions League qualifying places domestically, but the incentive is a place in Pot One for the group stage draw, alongside the European elite.

Lukaku to cap off a fine season?

Could this be Romelu Lukaku's final? The Belgian striker has repaired, even strengthened, his mighty reputation in Milan after a difficult end to his time at Manchester United.
He has hit 33 goals, often simply too powerful for defenders to handle.
Most impressively of all, perhaps, he has scored in 10 consecutive Europa League games, a run which started in 2014.
Sevilla's highly-rated centre-halves Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos are in for a tricky evening against Lukaku and his partner Martinez.

Inter team news

Matias Vecino remains out for Inter with a knee injury, while it is unclear whether Manchester United loanee Alexis Sanchez will overcome a thigh injury in time to play a part.

Sevilla team news

Sevilla's main concern is the fitness of quarterfinal hero Lucas Ocampos, seemingly forced off against Manchester United with injury.

The venue

The final will be held at the RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne. There will of course be no fans in present in the arena which would usually seat just shy of 50,000.

Both sides have history with the competition

Inter have won this competition three times in their history, most recently in 1998, when they beat Italian rivals Lazio in Paris. It was the first year of the new single-game final.
Sevilla, more notably, put together a remarkable Europa League hat-trick between 2014 and 2016. They have won the trophy five times overall, two more than anybody else.

Inter's road to the final

Antonio Conte's Inter dropped into the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group. Two wins and a draw were not enough in a group that also featured Barcelona and Inter.
Inter swept to a 4-1 aggregate victory over Ludogorets in R32 and then eased past Getafe in their first game in Germany.
They prevailed in a first-half blitz to get past Leverkusen, setting up a semi-final against Shakhtar, who had also started the season in the Champions League.
It proved a complete mismatch, Lauturo Martinez and Romelu Lukaku both on target in an ominously dominant 5-0 win.

Sevilla's road to the final

Julien Lopetigui's Sevilla came through Group A on 15 points ahead of APOEL, Qarabag and Dudelange.
They edged through their Round of 32 clash with CFR Cluj on away goals, drawing 1-1 in Romania before the goalless second leg.
An impressive 2-0 victory against Roma booked their last place in the last eight, and Lucas Ocampos' 87th-minute header would down Wolves.
Last time out, in the semifinal against favourites Manchester United, they found themselves trailing early on to a Bruno Fernandes penalty, but Suso levelled the scores and Luuk de Jong snatched the winning goal after a spell of intense United pressure.

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I'm David Comerford and I'll be taking you through the key pre-match stories and information before by-the-minute match coverage.

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