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Europa Conference League final: Roma 1-0 Feyenoord - Nicolo Zaniolo hits winner for Italians

Roma's players celebrate winning the Europa Conference League final
Roma finished sixth in Serie A in 2021-22 - 23 points behind champions AC Milan

Roma won their first major European trophy by beating Feyenoord in the inaugural Europa Conference League final in Tirana.

Jose Mourinho's first season in charge of the Italians ended with a trophy after Nicolo Zaniolo chested down Gianluca Mancini's lofted pass before beating goalkeeper Justin Bijlow with a clever flick.

Mourinho, who has won the Champions League, Europa League and the Uefa Cup, is the first manager to win all of Uefa's major European trophies.

The Portuguese was criticised after Roma were embarrassed 6-1 in Norway by Bodo/Glimt in the group stage last October.

But this win continued the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager's perfect record in European finals, having now overseen five wins in five finals.

"This is a competition we believed we could win since the start," Mourinho Sky Sport Italia.

"I knew the moment I arrived what it meant to the people. They had been waiting for something like this. This was not work tonight, this was history. We had to write history. We wrote it."

Feyenoord, whose campaign started in the qualifying rounds back in July, were denied an equaliser when Rui Patricio tipped Tyrell Malacia's attempt on to the bar soon after Mancini inadvertently hit his own post while trying to make a clearance.

Smalling and Abraham play their part

There were incredible scenes at the final whistle as Mourinho was mobbed by his backroom staff and Roma's players celebrated in front of their travelling support in Albania.

This was Mourinho's first trophy since winning the Europa League with Manchester United in 2017.

Chris Smalling was part of the United side that defeated Ajax in Stockholm five years ago and the 32-year-old defender produced a man-of-the-match performance to help secure Roma a first trophy since 2008.

Roma's Nicolo Zaniolo scores against Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League final
This was Roma's first trophy for 14 years
Chris Smalling
Jose Mourinho teams have gone 423 minutes since conceding in a major European final with Smalling playing in the last 180

Smalling made a couple of crucial blocks in the early stages of the second half when Feyenoord were at their best, while he did a fine job keeping Cyriel Dessers- the competition's leading scorer - quiet.

At the other end, Tammy Abraham thought he was clean through before being impeded by Marcos Senesi, who escaped without a booking.

Abraham has enjoyed a successful first season in Italy since joining from Chelsea for £34m last August.

He was unable to add to his season's tally of 27 goals but he finishes the campaign with a trophy and a place back in Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Mourinho's clean sweep of European trophies
ClubSeasonCompetition
Porto2002-03Uefa Cup
Porto2003-04Champions League
Inter Milan2009-10Champions League
Manchester United2016-17Europa League
Roma2021-22Europa Conference League

Line-ups

Roma

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Rui PatrícioBooked at 84mins
  • 23Mancini
  • 6Smalling
  • 3Ibañez da Silva
  • 2KarsdorpSubstituted forViñaat 89'minutes
  • 77MkhitaryanSubstituted forOliveiraat 17'minutes
  • 4Cristante
  • 59ZalewskiBooked at 66minsSubstituted forSpinazzolaat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7PellegriniBooked at 37mins
  • 22ZanioloSubstituted forVeretoutat 66'minutes
  • 9AbrahamSubstituted forShomurodovat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Viña
  • 11Pérez
  • 14Shomurodov
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 17Veretout
  • 24Kumbulla
  • 27Oliveira
  • 37Spinazzola
  • 52Bove
  • 64Afena-Gyan
  • 87Cerântula Fuzato
  • 92El Shaarawy

Feyenoord

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bijlow
  • 3Geertruida
  • 18TraunerBooked at 25minsSubstituted forPedersenat 74'minutes
  • 4Senesi
  • 5MalaciaSubstituted forJahanbakhshat 88'minutes
  • 17Aursnes
  • 10KökçüSubstituted forWålemarkat 88'minutes
  • 14NelsonSubstituted forLinssenat 74'minutes
  • 26TilSubstituted forToornstraat 59'minutes
  • 7Sinisterra
  • 33Dessers

Substitutes

  • 2Pedersen
  • 6Hendrix
  • 9Jahanbakhsh
  • 11Linssen
  • 13Sandler
  • 16Cojocaru
  • 21Marciano
  • 23Wålemark
  • 25Hendriks
  • 28Toornstra
  • 30Jansen
  • 32Hall
Referee:
István Kovács
Attendance:
19,597

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamFeyenoord
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 1, Feyenoord 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 1, Feyenoord 0.

  3. Booking

    Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Jens Toornstra (Feyenoord) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma).

  6. Post update

    Patrik Wålemark (Feyenoord) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma).

  8. Post update

    Lutsharel Geertruida (Feyenoord) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Feyenoord).

  11. Post update

    Sérgio Oliveira (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Eldor Shomurodov replaces Tammy Abraham.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Matias Viña replaces Rick Karsdorp because of an injury.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Feyenoord. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Tyrell Malacia.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Feyenoord. Patrik Wålemark replaces Orkun Kökçü.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Senesi (Feyenoord).

  17. Post update

    Tammy Abraham (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Veretout with a through ball.

  19. Booking

    Rui Patrício (Roma) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luis Sinisterra (Feyenoord) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cyriel Dessers.

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