Sevilla clinched their sixth Europa League title after an intense outing against Inter Milan in Cologne. While the contest featured five goals, one of the moments came early in the first half when an altercation occurred resulting in Antonio Conte being awarded a yellow card by the referee.
According to Sky Italia, during the altercation which ensued as a result of Inter Milan not being awarded a penalty, Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega got into the skin of Conte by taunting about his hair.
The Italian manager reportedly did not take the dig on his hair transplant too kindly and responded back to Banega by replying that he will see him after the game.
The former Chelsea and Italy manager is said to have two separate hair transplant procedures to cover his receding hairline.
Banega and Sevilla have the last laugh much to Conte’s chagrin
Ever Banega, who represented the La Liga side for the final time after sealing a move to Al-Shabab in the Saudi Professional League, played an integral role in the final.
The Argentinian controlled the midfield as Sevilla came from behind to topple the Serie A runner-ups en route their fourth Europa League crown in the last 10 years.
Luuk de Jong scored twice in the first half and Diego Carlos scored a decisive overhead kick late in the second half to seal Sevilla’s triumph.
Sevilla captain Jesus Navas proceeded to praise his teammates and dedicated the victory to the late Jose Antonio Reyes. After the match, he said:
“This squad deserves it. We fought all year, experienced the difficult situation, like everyone, tried to get through day by day,” he said.
“The fans deserve it, those who love football like we do and we have to enjoy it.
“Being able to lift the trophy as captain of my Sevilla means so much to me, for friends who are no longer here, like Reyes.
“Lopetegui works 24 hours a day for Sevilla, he got the best out of us.”