An Austrian was also present at the second European Cup final this season. After Oliver Glasner won the Europa League with Eintracht Frankfurt, ex-LASK player Gernot Trauner wanted to equal him and secure the triumph in the Conference League with Feyenoord Rotterdam. The highlight of Trauner’s career so far was on the program for 21,690 people in the National Arena in Tirana (Albania). Opponent in the final of the Conference League was AS Roma with star coach Jose Mourinho.
In the first few minutes, both teams acted cautiously. Big highlights were initially non-existent. AS Roma started cautiously, Feyenoord pressed hard. But the Romans took over more and more the command. The first goal came in the 32nd minute. The Mourinho team celebrated the lead. Nicolo Zaniolo made it 1-0 with the Romans’ first chance. Mancini crossed to Zaniolo, Trauner still touched the ball. However, Zaniolo got the ball and scored the first goal of the game. The Italians went into the half-time break with a narrow lead.
Feyenoord had a great chance to extend their lead immediately after kick-off. Mancini deflected the ball to the bar after Kökcü put the ball in the five. In the end it remained 1-0. A few moments later Sinisterra shot from 20 meters. Rome goalkeeper Patricio made a brilliant save and saved the ball with support from the pole. Feyenoord were suddenly much closer to equalizing than Roma were to 2-0. But the Mourinho squad managed to survive the pressure phase of the Rotterdammer.
In the end, AS Roma remained 1-0, becoming the first team to win the Conference League. “The Special One” Jose Mourinho was able to win the next title on the European stage. He was the first coach to win champions League (2004/Porto, 2010/Inter Milan), the UEFA Cup (2003/Porto), the Europe League (2017/Manchester United) and the new one Conference League.