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The 2017 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League, the 46th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 8th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. It was played at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden on 24 May 2017, between Dutch side Ajax and English side Manchester United. Manchester United won the match 2–0 to secure their first title in this competition. With this victory, they joined Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea as the only clubs to have won all three major European trophies (European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/Europa League, and the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners' Cup).

Manchester United earned the right to play against the winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup. They will also enter the group stage of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, as the berth reserved for the Champions League title holders will not be used. Since the winners of the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, Real Madrid, secured a spot in the group stage of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League via their league position, the Europa League winner will enter the group stage directly.

2017 UEFA Europa League Final
Match programme cover
Event 2016–17 UEFA Europa League
Date 24 May 2017
Venue Friends Arena, Solna
Man of the Match Ander Herrera (Manchester United)
Referee Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Attendance 46,961
Weather Partly cloudy

19 °C (66 °F)
44% humidity

Venue Edit

The Friends Arena in Solna hosted the final.

The Friends Arena was announced as the final venue on 30 June 2015, following the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Prague, Czech Republic.

Background Edit

This was Ajax's second final in the UEFA Cup/Europa League, having won in the 1992 UEFA Cup Final over Torino on away goals.

This was Manchester United's 1st final in the UEFA Cup/Europa League. They were seeking to join Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea as the only clubs to have won all 3 major European trophies (European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/Europa League, and the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners' Cup).

The two sides had previously met 4 times in European competitions, all in the UEFA Cup/Europa League, with a record of two wins each. However, Manchester United had eliminated Ajax on both occasions, 2–1 on aggregate in the 1976–77 UEFA Cup first round, and 3–2 on aggregate in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Road to the final Edit

For more details on this topic, see 2016–17 UEFA Champions League and 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.

Note: In the table, the score of the finalist is given first (H = home; A = away).

Ajax Round Manchester United
Champions League Europa League
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Bye
PAOK 3–2 1–1(H) 2–1 (A) Third qualifying round (CL,EL)
Rostov 2–5 1–1(H) 1–4 (A) Play-off round (CL, EL)
Europa League
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Panathinaikos 2–1 (A) Matchday 1 Feyenoord 0–1 (A)
Standard Liège 1–0 (H) Matchday 2 Zorya Luhansk 1–0 (H)
Celta Vigo 2–2 (A) Matchday 3 Fenerbahce 4–1 (H)
Celta Vigo 3–2 (H) Matchday 4 Fenerbahce 1–2 (A)
Panathinaikos 2–0 (H) Matchday 5 Feyenoord 4–0 (H)
Standard Liège 1–1 (A) Matchday 6 Zorya Luhansk 2–0 (A)
Group G winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Ajax 6 14
2 Celta Vigo 6 9
3 Standard Liège 6 7
4 Panathinaikos 6 1

Source: UEFA

Final standings Group A runners-up
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Fenerbahce 6 13
2 Manchester United 6 12
3 Feyenoord 6 7
4 Zorya Luhansk 6 2

Source: UEFA

Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Legia Warsaw 1–0 0–0 (A) 1–0 (H) Round of 32 Saint-Étienne 4–0 3–0 (H) 1–0 (A)
Copenhagen 3–2 1–2 (A) 2–0 (H) Round of 16 Rostov 2–1 1–1 (A) 1–0 (H)
Schalke 04 4–3 2–0(H) 2–3 (a.e.t.) (A) Quarter-finals Anderlecht 3–2 1–1 (A) 2–1 (a.e.t.) (H)
Lyon 5–4 4–1 (H) 1–3 (A) Semi-finals Celta Vigo 2–1 1–0 (A) 1–1 (H)

Pre-match Edit

Ambassador Edit

The ambassador for the final was former Swedish international player Patrik Andersson, who won the Champions League with Bayern Munich against Valencia in 2001.

Edit

UEFA unveiled the brand identity of the final on 26 August 2016 in Monaco during the group stage draw.

Ticketing Edit

With a stadium capacity of 48,000 for the final, a total amount of 37,000 tickets were available to fans and the general public, with the two finalist teams receiving 10,000 tickets each and with 17,000 tickets being available for sale to fans worldwide via UEFA.com from 17 to 28 March 2017 in four price categories: €150, €100, €70, and €45. The remaining tickets were allocated to the local organising committee, UEFA and national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters, and to serve the corporate hospitality programme.

Opening ceremony Edit

A minute's silence was observed before the final in memory to victims of the bombing in Manchester which occurred 2 days before the final; the opening ceremony was thus considerably reduced.

Match Edit

Officials Edit

Slovenian referee Damir Skomina was announced as the final referee by UEFA on 12 May 2017.

Summary Edit

Paul Pogba opened the scoring for Manchester United in the 18th minute when his low left foot shot from just outside the penalty area took a deflection off Davinson Sánchez which wrong footed the goalkeeper before looping over him and into the net. Henrikh Mkhitaryan got the second goal 3 minutes into the second half when with his back to goal he flicked the ball into the net with his right foot from three yards out after the ball was had been knocked down to him by Chris Smalling after a corner from the right by Juan Mata.

Details Edit

The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw, which was held on 21 April 2017 at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

24 May 2017

20:45 CEST

Ajax 0–2 Manchester United
Report
  • Pogba  18'
  • Mkhitaryan  48'
Friends Arena, Solna

Attendance: 46,961[3] Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Ajax Manchester United
GK 24 André Onana
RB 3 Joël Veltman 58'
CB 5 Davinson Sánchez
CB 36 Matthijs de Ligt
LB 4 Jaïro Riedewald 78' 82'
CM 10 Davy Klaassen (c)
CM 20 Lasse Schöne 70'
CM 22 Hakim Ziyech
RF 9 Bertrand Traoré
CF 25 Kasper Dolberg 62'
LF 11 Amin Younes 64'
Substitutes:
GK 33 Diederik Boer
DF 2 Kenny Tete
DF 16 Heiko Westermann
MF 21 Frenkie de Jong 82'
MF 30 Donny van de Beek 70'
FW 45 Justin Kluivert
FW 77 David Neres 62'
Manager:
Peter Bosz
GK 20 Sergio Romero
RB 25 Antonio Valencia (c)
CB 12 Chris Smalling
CB 17 Daley Blind
LB 36 Matteo Darmian
DM 21 Ander Herrera
RM 8 Juan Mata 78' 90'
CM 27 Marouane Fellaini 52'
CM 6 Paul Pogba
LM 22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan 31' 74'
CF 19 Marcus Rashford 84'
Substitutes:
GK 1 David de Gea
DF 4 Phil Jones
DF 24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah
MF 14 Jesse Lingard 74'
MF 16 Michael Carrick
FW 10 Wayne Rooney 90'
FW 11 Anthony Martial 84'
Manager:
José Mourinho
Man of the Match:

Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

Assistant referees: Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia) Robert Vukan (Slovenia) Fourth official: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy) Additional assistant referees: Matej Jug (Slovenia) Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia) Reserve assistant referee: Tomaž Klančnik (Slovenia)

Match rules
  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

Statistics Edit

First half[23]
Statistic Ajax Manchester United
Goals scored 0 1
Total shots 6 4
Shots on target 1 2
Saves 1 1
Ball possession 66% 34%
Corner kicks 2 0
Fouls committed 6 9
Offsides 0 1
Yellow cards 0 1
Red cards 0 0
Second half[23]
Statistic Ajax Manchester United
Goals scored 0 1
Total shots 11 2
Shots on target 2 2
Saves 1 2
Ball possession 67% 33%
Corner kicks 3 2
Fouls committed 9 8
Offsides 0 0
Yellow cards 3 2
Red cards 0 0
Overall[23]
Statistic Ajax Manchester United
Goals scored 0 2
Total shots 17 6
Shots on target 3 4
Saves 2 3
Ball possession 67% 33%
Corner kicks 5 2
Fouls committed 15 17
Offsides 0 1
Yellow cards 3 3
Red cards 0 0

See also Edit

  • Association football portal
  • Sweden portal
  • 2017 UEFA Champions League Final
  • 2017 UEFA Super Cup
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