TIRANA – Nicolo Janiolo’s goal in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Feyenoord in Albania’s Europa Conference League final has earned him the first major European title in more than 60 years, a unique European trophy for Jose Mourinho.
Roma coach Mourinho, who has previously won the Champions League, Europa League and the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Cup with other clubs, can now add a third tier European title – Italy’s first trophy in 14 years – with a number of medals.
Janiolo, 22, beat Roma by 32 runs.nd Minutes, he became the first Italian to score in a European final after Filippo Inzaghi against Liverpool in the 2007 Champions League.
Roma, whose only previous continental title was the Old Fairs Cup in 1961, stopped an enthusiastic return from their Dutch opponents, who were twice rejected by Woodwork in the second half.
It has been confirmed that Mourinho has become the first manager to win a European trophy with four different clubs, following previous successes for Porto, Inter Milan and Manchester United.
“We are a real team, we have proved that. Now we have to celebrate and then start again, which is always difficult after a great win, but a real team wins, celebrates and starts again, “Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini told Sky Sport Italy.
“I said yesterday that I never imagined I would achieve this with a 25-year-old Roma jersey and captain’s armband. It’s a wonderful moment. “
Both Roma and Feyenoord have already competed to secure the next season of Europa League football through their domestic league positions, which was a matter of pride for Tirana.
At first glance it looked like there was only one winner, as Roma dominated the starting exchanges without bothering Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bielow to play his first match since March 10.
The only chance they had was to hold on to the lead at the interval, before Janiolo brilliantly landed the ball on his chest before scoring his first goal in all competitions since the hat-trick in the quarter-final against Bodo / Glimt.
Janiolo became the youngest Italian to score in a major European final since Alessandro del Piero against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in May 1997.
Feyenoord, who wanted to be the first Dutch club to win a European competition in 20 years since winning the UEFA Cup in 2002, failed to really test Rui Patricio with a Roma goal early on.
Yet as they got off to a brilliant start to the second half, Roma’s Gianluca Mancini removed the early Feyenoord Corner in his own post.
The Dutch team kept coming and hitting the woodwork again as Tyril gave Malaysia a great strike from 25 meters over the Patricio post.
More opportunities have come and gone, but some last-ditch blocks and vain finishes confirm that Roma’s long wait for the European Trophy will end in Mourinho’s first season in the Italian capital.
“We really wanted to take that cup with us, to thank the fans and to get Feyenoord back on the map. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way,” Buzzlow said.
“We put pressure on them and then you saw that they had trouble working with us. But unfortunately, it was not good enough. It’s terrible that we can’t take the cup to Rotterdam. ” – Reuters