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Both of these clubs will be feature in the Champions League group stage draw on 31 August, but they’ve certainly achieved this via different methods.
As the ancient proverb goes, there are three certainties in life: death, taxes and Sevilla winning the UEFA Europa League.
On Wednesday night, los Nervionenses took on Roma at Puskás Aréna, with both needing to win to salvage underwhelming domestic campaigns.
Roma took a first half lead in the Europa League Final, but an own goal shortly after half time got los Hispalenses back on level terms.
In the end, the match, including extra time, produced a record-break 12 yellow cards and took almost three hours to complete, before penalties were required in Budapest.
The Italian club missed their second and third spot-kicks, while Lucas Ocampos, Érik Lamela and Ivan Rakitić all held their nerve meaning, at the second time of asking, Gonzalo Montiel was the hero.
This is Sevillistas’ seventh Europa League title, at least four more than any other club, and means they’ll be back in the Champions League again next season.
You wouldn’t back against them finishing third in their group and winning the Europa League against in, checks notes, Dublin on 22 May next year would you?
This triumph was achieved despite the fact Sevilla have endured a horrendous season in La Liga.
They’re on course for their lowest finish since 1996, with current manager José Luis Mendilibar brought in to save them from relegation in March, only to win the first major honour of his career.
Sevilla could finish as high as seventh on the final day, if they win and Athletic and Rayo fail to do so simultaneously, with Osasuna vs Girona also ending in a draw.
But, with the Europa League in the bag, there’s no incentive for Sevilla to take seventh, as it would simply deny someone else Europa Conference League qualification, which would frankly just be mean.
Real Sociedad meantime are sitting pretty in fourth, so will feature in the Champions League for the first time in a decade.
La Real were beaten 2-1 by Atlético Madrid a week ago but, ultimately, were celebrating on the pitch at Cívitas Metropolitano, as Villarreal had also been beaten elsewhere.
Before this, Imanol Alguacil’s team were unbeaten in seven, winning five of these matches, so are thoroughly deserving of a top four spot.
With little on the line, will Real Sociedad make home advantage count against a celebratory Sevilla at Anoeta?
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