Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma emerged champions of the inaugural edition of the UEFA Europa Conference League, after defeating Dutch Eredivisie side Feyenoord 1-0 in the Final on Wednesday night.
The Air Albania Stadium in the capital City of Tirana in Albania played host to the maiden edition of the UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) Final, and it was the Italians who came out on tops in a game that saw little in terms of goals return.
Nicolo Zaniolo struck in the 32nd minute in the opening half and it proved to be more than enough to land AS Roma their first-ever European continental success.
Roma boss José Mourinho also made history, as he continues his record of having NOT LOST a European club Cup Final and he has now added the UEFA Europa Conference League title to the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Champions League crowns won earlier in his career.
Feyenoord had an opening half to forget though they did step up in the second 45 minutes, but their efforts yielded no goals as they lost the Final to a more controlled Roma side.
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FULL-TIME AT THE AIR ALBANIA STADIUM (Arena Kombëtare): AS Roma 1-0 Feyenoord
SECOND-HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AIR ALBANIA STADIUM (Arena Kombëtare): AS Roma 1-0 Feyenoord
HALF-TIME AT THE AIR ALBANIA STADIUM (Arena Kombëtare): AS Roma 1-0 Feyenoord
32′ MIN: Gianluca Mancini’s cross fools the covering defender, and Nicolo Zaniolo chests it down before deftly flicking a shot over the onrushing goalkeeper.
GOOOAAALLL!!! AS Roma 1-0 Feyenoord (N. Zaniolo)
KICK-OFF AT THE AIR ALBANIA STADIUM (Arena Kombëtare): AS Roma 0-0 Feyenoord
As for Feyenoord, they have lined out in a 4-3-3 formation headed by the competition’s top marksman Cyriel Dessers.
Giallorossi boss Jose Mourinho has named a strong line-up as he bids to land the club’s first major European trophy. Tammy Abraham who is the competition’s second highest scorer, will lead the frontline for AS Roma. Henrikh Mkhitaryan makes the starting XI, replacing Sérgio Oliveira in the team that begun the second semi-final win against Leicester City.
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