‘It’s not yellow, it’s gold!’: Spanish media hail Villarreal’s ‘historic champions’ after their dramatic Europa League triumph over Manchester United
- Villarreal’s Europa League triumph is the first major trophy in the club’s history
- They beat Manchester United 11-10 on penalties to seal a dramatic victory
- Spanish media celebrated Villarreal’s ‘historic champions’ on Thursday
Villarreal emerged victorious after an epic 22-penalty shoot-out, with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea missing the decisive spot-kick to hand Unai Emery’s side glory.
On Wednesday, a Spanish media that is often split between the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry was united in supporting Villarreal and it’s a theme that continues on Thursday as they mark their triumph.
Spanish media were united in celebrating Villarreal’s Europa League victory on Thursday
While AS label the Villarreal players ‘historic champions’ after their dramatic final victory
Marca, a Madrid-based publication, lead the way with a headline of ‘it’s not yellow, it’s gold!’ on their front page, alongside a picture of the Villarreal players celebrating with the trophy on the pitch in Poland.
And it’s a similar theme for Mundo Deportivo, the Barcelona paper. Their front page simply reads ‘historic’ next to a picture of Villarreal hoisting the trophy aloft.
AS, meanwhile, label Villarreal ‘heroic champions’ in a front page that is shared with the news that Zinedine Zidane will be stepping down as Real Madrid manager.
Villarreal went 1-0 up in Wednesday’s final thanks to a goal from Gerard Moreno two minutes before the half-time interval.
Villarreal emerged 11-10 winners on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time
The win is a record fourth Europa League title for Villarreal manager Unai Emery
United regrouped at the break at hit back promptly through Edinson Cavani in the 55th minute and from then on, there was no separating the teams.
The match went to penalties and even then, they were equal as every outfiled player for each side found the net before Villarreal keeper Geronimo Rulli scored and then kept out De Gea’s effort.
Victory was also a record fourth Europa League triumph for boss Emery – his previous three coming during his tenure as Sevilla manager.