TURIN, Italy (AP) — Penalty specialists Sevilla beat Benfica 4-2 in a shootout to win the Europa League after a 0-0 draw on Wednesday, claiming another international title for Spanish soccer.
Beto saved two spot kicks from Benfica forwards Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo, whose stutter-step approaches to the ball didn't fool the goalkeeper.
Substitute Kevin Gameiro stepped up to score the decisive kick at the end of the stadium where Sevilla fans stood and cheered. They have seen this story before.
Sevilla beat rival Real Betis on penalties in the round of 16, and also won this competition in 2007 in a shootout.
Benfica dominated regulation time yet failed to score, and extended its streak of losing European finals to eight matches over 52 years.
"The best team did not win," Benfica coach Jorge Jesus said. "Benfica players should be congratulated. There is nothing I can criticize."
Sevilla entered the tournament only after UEFA denied two Spanish clubs places because of financial problems. It also had been seconds from elimination in the semifinals against another Spanish team, Valencia.
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