“The Particular One” wrote soccer historical past: Coach Jose Mourinho gained the brand new Convention League with AS Roma. The 1-0 triumph within the premiere closing in Tirana towards Feyenoord Rotterdam put the Portuguese in an unique circle: solely Udo Lattek and Giovanni Trapattoni had beforehand managed this feat when there was nonetheless the Cup Winners’ Cup. “The Convention League is our Champions League,” Mourinho stated earlier than the sport: “That’s the extent we’re at.”
Roma took benefit of the primary top-class alternative to take the lead: after a cross from Gianluca Mancini, Feyenoord defender Gernot Trauner jumped below the ball and Zaniolo accomplished the purpose within the thirty second minute. Shortly after the break, the three-time Italian champions had been doubly fortunate when Mancini hit the publish of his personal purpose (48′) and goalkeeper Rui Patricio deflected the ball to the crossbar (50′).
Henrich Mchitarjan was now not in a position to see his workforce’s victory on the sector. The ultimate was over for the ex-Dortmunder after simply quarter-hour. The 33-year-old, who introduced the top of his worldwide profession for Armenia in March, needed to depart the sector injured.
AS Roma clinched their first worldwide title because the Gala’s Cup, the predecessor of the UEFA Cup, 61 years in the past by profitable the Convention League. Coach Mourinho was additionally profitable in his fifth European Cup closing – after the Champions League victories with FC Porto in 2004 and with Inter Milan in 2010, the UEFA Cup in 2003 additionally with Porto and the triumph within the successor competitors Europa League 2017 Manchester United.
For Feyenoord Rotterdam, then again, the dream of profitable the European Cup for the primary time in 20 years was shattered within the Albanian capital. The 15-time Dutch champions gained the UEFA Cup towards Borussia Dortmund in 2002 – the final of their 4 worldwide titles.
Even earlier than kick-off, the Albanian police had expelled 80 violent Roma followers. The night earlier than there had been severe riots between the 2 fan camps and the police within the closing venue. In response to the police, 30 individuals had been injured within the riots, together with 20 safety forces.
The Tifosi had been recognized because of police cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Tirana. They left Albania aboard the Durres-Bari ferry, Italian media reported. A complete of as much as 100,000 supporters are stated to be in Tirana for the ultimate, whereas solely 21,690 spectators match within the Nationwide Area.