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Jesus Navas stainless
He may be 37 years old, but what health! Jesus Navas was a real poison in his right corridor. Full-back now, the Sevillian has combined a lot with Ocampos in his lane and his centers have hurt the Romans. It was on one of them that Mancini scored the equalizing goal against his side in the second half. An impressive activity.
Bounou still decisive
High-level final for the Moroccan goalkeeper who confirmed his excellent World Cup in Qatar. He was beaten by Dybala in the first half but then Bounou was perfect. He made a high-class stop in front of Abraham (67th) and repeated in front of Belotti (84th) to offer the extension to his own. Impeccable in his aerial sorties, he takes out Mancini's penalty shootout. The first failure of the session and then forces Ibanez shot on the post.
He had played only 32 minutes in May, hit an ankle, and Jose Mourinho pulled him out of his hat for this final. Holder, Paulo Dybala has done a lot of harm to the Sevillians. Constantly between the lines, the Argentine was very available, got many fouls and allowed his block to rise regularly through his ball catches. He opened the scoring with an unstoppable left-footed cross for Bounou. Logically replaced during the second half by Wijnaldum.
Pellegrini too discreet
The captain of Roma was expected in this final but he was far too discreet. Positioned in an attacking midfield role behind Abraham and Dybala, he made too little difference in this encounter. His set pieces, a real strength in his game, did not bring danger either corners or free kicks. A fairly neutral match at first that then became really complicated once he evolved higher at the exit of Dybala and Abraham. Taken out at the break of extra time.
Early in the game, he missed an easy setback for his goalkeeper. Sign of a feverishness very present in this meeting. The French defender suffered against the Abraham-Dybala duo throughout the match both in coverage and in the duel. He misses attention on Dybala's goal where he leaves a few meters to the Argentine with a too axial positioning that costs dearly at the finish. Less in danger then with Belotti.
Abraham and En-Nesyri, a complicated match for the attackers
It was a complicated evening for En-Nesyri against Roma's three-man defence. The Moroccan has existed little and has been perfectly muzzled by the trio Ibanez-Mancini-Smalling. Only one situation to his credit: a header at the end of extra time out of frame (90th+2). On the Abraham side, the same is true. The Englishman had very few playable balls as his team essentially defended. He still misses a match ball at close range against Bounou (67th). His only opportunity of the meeting.