A pulsating first half having Swvilla dominating, but Dnipro staying alive and kicking, getting to the dressing-rooms at half-time with a 2-2 scoreline. A more balanced second half, with a Sevilla decisive goal, handing the trophy to the better team.
A typical Atkinson performance
With Martin Atkinson at the helm, you generally know what to expect: no fireworks, no erratic decisions, no attempt to steal the show, just reacting to what is seen and detected. All of this has been serviced on the night, crowning the performance as "typical" and "solid". Most of his decisions and interpretations were correct, including when he decided not to react impetuously when a collision took place in Dnro's penalty-area (70'). The eight yellow cards were arguably reasonable, though for me two of them were a bit harsh (Kalinic - 45'+2', Matos - 83'). There were also a few cases where the ref struggled with the advantage rule (18', 22', 62'), but all in all - a very good performance.