Villarreal have been crowned the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League winners after beating Manchester United 11-10 on penalties in Gdansk.
After the contest ended 1-1 after 120 minutes, Villarreal got the job done at the end of a breathtaking penalty shoot-out, with United goalkeeper David De Gea the only one of the 22 players to take a spot-kick to miss.
Gerard Moreno’s 30th goal of the season had given Villarreal the lead in the first half, but they were pegged back by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side thanks to Edinson Cavani’s goal ten minutes into the second half.
Although United were poor in the first half, their second half showing was much improved, threatening to win the contest before end of normal time. But Villarreal got the job done on spot-kicks, scoring all 11 of the ones they took.
For the Spanish side it is the first time that they have won a major European trophy, meaning Unai Emery will have become an immediate hero in the town.
But whoever Villarreal’s opponents prove to be, the Spanish side will not have a massively long trip to make, with the contest being staged in Northern Ireland.
The Super Cup final has been penciled in to take place at Windsor Park on August 11, which is just three days prior to the new Premier League season getting started.
On Windsor Park being chosen to stage the Super Cup, Irish FA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson said in a statement back in September 2019: “This is fantastic news for everyone at the association, the city of Belfast and Northern Ireland as a whole.
“This confirms that, like us, UEFA believes the National Football Stadium is a compact world class venue capable of hosting high profile international and club matches. It is a huge feather in our cap.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who contributed to the bid, and in particular bid leader Craig Stanfield, for putting together a compelling proposition for UEFA.”
Should Chelsea win the Champions League on Saturday evening and book a place with Villarreal in August, it would see them competing in the Super Cup final for the fifth time in their history.
They won the trophy back in 1998, beating Real Madrid in the final, but have since lost the one-off contest in 2012, 2013 and 2019.