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Sparkling Sevilla wins third successive Europa League trophy

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Sparkling Sevilla wins third successive Europa League trophy

Sevilla became the first team ever to pick up the Europa League trophy three consecutive times after the Spanish team came from behind to trounce Liverpool 3-1.

Jurgen Klopp’s team took the lead before the half-time whistle through Daniel Sturridge’s superb left-footed strike from outside the box, and the team had looked on course for the trophy as well as Champion’s League football.

The Reds then unraveled in the second half. In just 17 seconds after the break, they made the equalizer as defender Mariano Ferreira walked into the area and crossed low for Kevin Gameiro to score.

Unable to muster a reply, Liverpool conceded two more as Sevilla went rampant with their sparkling form. Vitolo cuts through midfield with a twist inside Dejan Lovren. As the ball broke loose on the edge of the area Andujar Coke arrived first and swept an excellent finish around Simon Mignolet into the bottom corner.

Sevilla’s third arrived through Coke once again. The ball was deflected into the path of the captain, who appeared offside as he controlled before beating Mignolet with a close-range finish. Klopp, his counterpart Unai Emery and the players argued with the referee’s assistant, but eventually referee Jonas Eriksson awarded the goal.

Liverpool needed a Dortmund, but they simply could not do it again, and slid to a second cup final defeat after conceding the Capital One Cup to Manchester City.

But it was a sheer testament of Sevilla’s mentality and talent. The win, while slightly controversial, proved that the team to handle the pressure when things go wrong – which Liverpool proved that they could not.

Euro 2016: provisional squads so far

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Euro 2016

It is less than a month away before the Euro 2016 kicks off in France, and each of the 24 teams participating are naturally busy naming their squads, putting in provisional lists before every manager makes the final decision.

Here is a preview of some of their lineups:

Belgium (Provisional 24-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels (Club Bruges), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Bruges), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Forwards: Moussa Dembele (Tottenham), Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is likely to feature for Belgium, a team currently ranked second in World Rankings

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is likely to feature for Belgium, a team currently ranked second in World Rankings

ENGLAND (Provisional 26-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Betrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Newcastle), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Marcus Rashford was a prominent inclusion into Roy Hodgson’s England, despite his earlier insistence to do otherwise

Marcus Rashford was a prominent inclusion into Roy Hodgson’s England, despite his earlier insistence to do otherwise

FRANCE (Final Decision)

Goalkeepers: Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Lassana Diarra (Marseille), N’Golo Kante (Leicester), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)

Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Dimitri Payet (West Ham).

Antoine Griezmann was selected for France, having scored over 30 goals for Atletico Madrid this season

Antoine Griezmann was selected for France, having scored over 30 goals for Atletico Madrid this season

Germany (Provisional 27-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona).

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Antonio Rudiger (AS Roma).

Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Schalke 04), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund).

Striker: Mario Gomez (Fiorentina).

Joachim Low has included Bastian Schweinsteiger along with 10 other World-Cup winners in the Germany squad

Joachim Low has included Bastian Schweinsteiger along with 10 other World-Cup winners in the Germany squad

Spain (Provisional 25-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Bruno (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), David Silva (Man City), Pedro (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)

Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Lucas Vasquez (Real Madrid)

Fernando Torres (Right), Diego Costa (Left) and Juan Mata (Mid) were left out of Vincent Del Bosque’s (inset) Spain squad

Fernando Torres (Right), Diego Costa (Left) and Juan Mata (Mid) were left out of Vincent Del Bosque’s (inset) Spain squad