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The Daily Bee: Villarreal Win Europa League on Penalties

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And Holsten Kiel take the lead in the relegation playoff

Villarreal CF v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final Photo by Mateus Slodkowski/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Good Morning Fear The Wall!

Domestic seasons have more or less come to a close across Europe, but there are still some loose ends that need tying, like playoffs and cup finals.

Last night, Villarreal were crowned Europa League champions, beating Manchester United on penalties, after a 1-1 draw in normal time, and neither side able to break the deadlock in extra time. The game was pretty dull, but the penalty shootout was pretty interesting. Every single outfield player scored their penalty, and it fell to the goalkeepers to decide the game, with Geronimo Rulli scoring his penalty before he saved David De Gea’s. Poor De Gea conceded 11 penalties and then missed his own!

Congratulations to Villarreal, a tiny little town of 50,000 people, and a team that has never won a major trophy before. Congratulations also to Paco Alcacer!

Villarreal CF v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final Photo by Michael Sohn - Pool/Getty Images

Earlier in the evening, Cologne faced Holsten Kiel in the Bundesliga relegation playoff. Holsten Kiel won 1-0, giving them an advantage in the tie, now heading back home in the hopes of holding on to the lead and winning promotion to the top tier for the first time in their history.

The Managerial Merry-Go-Round Continues

Everyone is switching managers for a laugh. Pochettino is considering returning to Tottenham, while there are rumors linking Zinedine Zidane, who recently resigned as manager of Real Madrid, to the potentially vacant PSG job.

Real Madrid approached Massimiliano Allegri, but he turned them down in favor of returning to Juventus. So who else but Antonio Conte, who recently left Inter Milan, to take the position at Real Madrid?

Football is not a serious sport.

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