By Emmanuel Okogba
Villareal edged Manchester United 11-10 on penalties to win a thrilling Europa League final and title for the first time after playing out 1-1 at regulation time.
After 21 penalties, Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea missed his kick that handed Unai Emery his 4th Europa league title.
United headed into the match as favourites- a sentiment re-echoed by club legend, Paul Scholes but went behind as early as the 29th minute, thanks to Edinson Cavani, parity was restored in the 55th.
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Both teams had nothing more to offer and dragged the game into extra time, then penalties.
De Gea failed to save any of the penalties from Villareal making it a total of 36 consecutive spot-kicks he has unsuccessfully tried to stop from hitting his net.
His last save was in 2016 against Romelu Lukaku in the FA Cup semi-final.
Villareal with a 7th place La Liga finish has now secured a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage meaning the Spanish League will have five representatives.