Sevilla, who won the precursor to the Europa League, the UEFA Cup, twice, sealed victory through Frenchman Kevin Gameiro as they inflicted Benfica's eighth successive European final defeat since they last won a European trophy, the 1962 European Cup.

Sevilla were fortunate to be in the competition as they finished ninth in last season's La Liga but got in because two other clubs failed to meet the financial benchmark set by UEFA.