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2017 UEFA Europa League Final
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The Friends Arena in Stockholm will host the final
Report
Event2016–17 UEFA Europa League
Date24 May 2017
VenueFriends Arena, Solna
RefereeDamir Skomina (Slovenia)
2016
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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 will be played at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden on 24 May 2017. Manchester United were the champions.

The winners earned the right to play against the winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup. They will also qualify to enter at least the play-off round of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, and will enter the group stage if the berth reserved for the Champions League title holders is not used.

Venue

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

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

This is Manchester United's first final in the UEFA Cup/Europa League. If they win, they will join 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).

The two sides have met four times in European competitions, all in the UEFA Cup/Europa League, with a record of two wins each. However, Manchester United 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

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

Netherlands Ajax Round England Manchester United
Champions League Europa League
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Bye
Flag of Greece.svg PAOK 3–2 1–1 (H) 2–1 (A) Third qualifying round
Flag of Russia Good One Rostov 2–5 1–1 (H) 1–4 (A) Play-off round
Europa League
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos 2–1 (A) Matchday 1 Netherlands Feyenoord 0–1 (A)
Belgium Standard Liège 1–0 (H) Matchday 2 Flag of Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 1–0 (H)
Flag of Spain Celta Vigo 2–2 (A) Matchday 3 Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe 4–1 (H)
Flag of Spain Celta Vigo 3–2 (H) Matchday 4 Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe 1–2 (A)
Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos 2–0 (H) Matchday 5 Netherlands Feyenoord 4–0 (H)
Belgium Standard Liège 1–1 (A) Matchday 6 Flag of Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 2–0 (A)
Group G winners
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Netherlands Ajax 4 3 1 0 8 5 +3 10 Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Spain Celta Vigo 4 1 2 1 7 6 +1 5
Belgium Standard Liège 4 1 2 1 6 4 +2 5
Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos 4 0 1 3 3 9 −6 1
Final standings Group A runners-up
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2 13 Advance to knockout phase
England Manchester United 6 4 0 2 12 4 +8 12
Netherlands Feyenoord 6 2 1 3 3 7 −4 7
Flag of Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Flag of Poland Legia Warsaw 1–0 0–0 (A) 1–0 (H) Round of 32 Flag of France Saint-Étienne 4–0 3–0 (H) 1–0 (A)
Flag of Denmark Copenhagen 3–2 1–2 (A) 2–0 (H) Round of 16 Flag of Russia Good One Rostov 2–1 1–1 (A) 1–0 (H)
Germany Schalke 04 4–3 2–0 (H) 2–3 (a.e.t.) (A) Quarter-finals Belgium Anderlecht 3–2 1–1 (A) 2–1 (a.e.t.) (H)
Flag of France Lyon 5–4 4–1 (H) 1–3 (A) Semi-finals Flag of Spain Celta Vigo 2–1 1–0 (A) 1–1 (H)

Pre-match

Ambassador

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

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

Ticketing

With a stadium capacity of 48,000 for the final, a total amount of 37,000 tickets are 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.

Match

Officials

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

Details

The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.

24 May 2017 (2017-05-24)
20:45 CEST
Ajax Netherlands 0–2 England Manchester United Friends Arena
Attendance: 46,961
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
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Manchester United
GK 24Flag of Cameroon André Onana
RB 3 Netherlands Joël Veltman Yellow card 58'
CB 5 Flag of Colombia Davinson Sánchez
CB 36Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt
LB 4 Netherlands Jaïro Riedewald Yellow card 78' Sub off 82'
CM 10Netherlands Davy Klaassen (c)
CM 20Flag of Denmark Lasse Schöne Sub off 70'
CM 22Morocco Hakim Ziyech
RF 9 Flag of Burkina Faso Bertrand Traoré
CF 25Flag of Denmark Kasper Dolberg Sub off 62'
LF 11Germany Amin Younes Yellow card 64'
Substitutes:
GK 33Netherlands Diederik Boer
DF 2 Netherlands Kenny Tete
DF 16Germany Heiko Westermann
MF 21Netherlands Frenkie de Jong Sub on 82'
MF 30Netherlands Donny van de Beek Sub on 70'
FW 45Netherlands Justin Kluivert
FW 77Brazil David Neres Sub on 62'
Manager:
Netherlands Peter Bosz
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GK 20Flag of Argentina Sergio Romero
RB 25Flag of Ecuador Antonio Valencia (c)
CB 12England Chris Smalling
CB 17Netherlands Daley Blind
LB 36Flag of Italy Matteo Darmian
DM 21Flag of Spain Ander Herrera
RM 8 Flag of Spain Juan Mata Yellow card 78' Sub off 90'
CM 27Belgium Marouane Fellaini Yellow card 52'
CM 6 Flag of France Paul Pogba
LM 22Flag of Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan Yellow card 31' Sub off 74'
CF 19England Marcus Rashford Sub off 84'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Flag of Spain David de Gea
DF 4 England Phil Jones
DF 24Netherlands Timothy Fosu-Mensah
MF 14England Jesse Lingard Sub on 74'
MF 16England Michael Carrick
FW 10England Wayne Rooney Sub on 90'
FW 11Flag of France Anthony Martial Sub on 84'
Manager:
Flag of Portugal 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

First half
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
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
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

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