Sevilla stars return home and are greeted by hoards of jubilant fans after Europa League triumph despite Spain having the HIGHEST coronavirus infection rate in Europe
- Sevilla stars returned home to Spain following their Europa League triumph
- Fans turned out in big numbers to greet their heroes after their win over Inter
- Spain, however, currently has the highest coronavirus infection rate in Europe
- Sevilla’s win on Friday marked their sixth Europa League victory in its history
Sevilla fans turned out in force to greet their triumphant stars home after Julen Lopetegui’s side were crowned Europa League champions for a sixth time, despite the country having the highest Covid-19 infection rate in Europe.
The LaLiga side returned home from Germany having overcome Roma, Wolves, Manchester United and Inter Milan to win the coveted European prize, as an own goal from Romelu Lukaku saw the Spaniards see off Inter in Friday night’s final.
And Lopetegui and his players have been pictured returning to jubilant scenes in Spain, with supporters turning out to catch a glimpse of their heroes on Saturday, despite the fact that Spain currently has the highest coronavirus infection rate in Europe.
Sevilla have touched down in Spain to jubilant scenes after winning the Europa League
Despite having the highest Covid-19 infection rate in Europe, fans turned out in force to greet their heroes after Julen Lopetegui and his players returned home following Friday’s final
Cars lined the streets to catch a glimpse of their heroes after the dramatic victory over Inter
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Spain currently has 145 cases per 100,000 people, while the United Kingdom is second to that figure with 21.5 cases per 100,000.
Fans were seen lining the streets and waving flags for their returning heroes, while some supporters were pictured waving from cars as they greeted the players.
The squad and coaching staff donned ‘Campeones’ t-shirts and most players were still wearing their winners’ medals after their famous victory in Cologne, Germany.
Sevilla coach Lopetegui (right) is pictured with captain Jesus Navas (second right) on Saturday
Sporting Director Monchi (middle) and president Jose Castro (left) were seen arm-in-arm
After Friday’s match, Lopetegui dedicated the trophy win to the Sevilla fans who have lost their lives due to the coronavirus pandemic while also paying tribute to late ex-Sevilla stars Jose Antonio Reyes and Antonio Puerta.
The coach said: ‘My players are very great, they have worked a lot. They have always put hope and desire.
‘It (the Europa League title) goes to Reyes, for Puerta and for all the people who love us.
‘It goes for all the Sevilla players who are in heaven helping us.’
Sevilla fell behind early on through Lukaku’s penalty but two headers from Luuk De Jong turned the game on its head during the first-half.
Sevilla captain Navas cradles the coveted trophy as his side made their triumphant return
The LaLiga club won all four of their games in Germany to win the competition once again
Inter Milan defender Diego Godin scored shortly after De Jong’s second to end a thrilling opening period.
The scoreline remained 2-2 before Lukaku’s own-goal after a Diego Carlos overhead kick nudged Sevilla in front, with the blunder proving to be the decisive goal.
It is the sixth time Sevilla have won the Europa League in their history, having won it three years in a row from 2014 to 2017.