Conference League: Roma beat Feyenoord to lift first trophy in 60 years

Mourinho now holds a record of five wins in five European finals, a feat achieved in the Portuguese coach's first season as the Serie A club.
Conference League: Roma beat Feyenoord to lift first trophy in 60 years
As Roma players. Photograph: Bernadett Szabó/Reuters

AS Roma have defeated dutch side, Feyenoord, 1-0 to win the inaugural Europa Conference League.

22-year-old Nicolò Zaniolo scored the decider in the 32nd minute to hand Jose Mourinho's side their first major European trophy in more than 60 years.

The former Manchester United and Chelsea coach becomes the first manager to win all of Uefa's major European trophies, including the Champions League, Europa League and the Uefa Cup.

Feyenoord could have crashed the party for Mourinho's side but goalkeeper Rui Patricio pulled some important saves to ensure his manager's perfect record in European finals remained intact.

Mourinho now holds a record of five wins in five European finals, a feat achieved in the Portuguese coach's first season as the Serie A club.

Speaking after the win, defender Chris Smalling told BT Sports, “We knew how much this would mean to everyone in Rome and you can see how together we are.

“We really fought to the end. We’ve had to do that on a few occasions this year. We dropped a bit deeper than we ideally wanted to but we had to give everything. You could see strikers run ning back, everybody fighting.

“When I first came to the club it had been a long time since they’d won a trophy and I mean ... you can hear the fans, you probably can’t hear me ... you can see how much it means. We’ve got some of the best fans.”

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