Watch: Gameiro, Coke lead Sevilla to Europa League three-peat
For a third straight season, Sevilla is the Europa League champion.
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scored a spectacular opener, but Sevilla owned the final 45 minutes, getting a goal from Kevin Gameiro less than 20 minutes into the second half and two more from Coke, as Sevilla won 3-1 in Basel, Switzerland, to complete its three-peat.
Sevilla has won the Europa League/UEFA Cup competition a record five times, all of which have come since 2006. Liverpool is left searching for its first major European trophy since winning the 2005 Champions League.
Sevilla's triumph means that for a third straight season, La Liga will provide the winner of both the Champions League and Europa League. Real Madrid and Barcelona have won the previous two Champions League titles, and Real and Atletico Madrid will meet May 28 in Milan for this season's trophy.
On Wednesday, Gameiro nearly opened the scoring in spectacular fashion for Sevilla 30 minutes into the match:
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge did him one better a few minutes later, scoring a marvelous goal off the outside of his left boot to put Liverpool up 1-0:
Liverpool fans at home were quite entertained by the finish:
Gameiro got his goal in stunning fashion as well, tallying not even 20 seconds into the second half to pull Sevilla level:
Coke then capped a series of brilliant passing combinations with a powerful finish to put Sevilla ahead just after the hour mark:
Coke got his second minutes later, capitalizing off a failed clearance and fortuitous deflection to finish from close range:
Sevilla finished off the 3-1 victory to raise the trophy for a third straight season:
Sevilla has another trophy it can win this season, too, as it faces Barcelona on Sunday in the Copa del Rey final.