Manchester City have lifted the UEFA Europa League just three days after a dramatic final day of the Premier League season that saw them miss out on the title on goal difference to city rivals United.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring inside four minutes when he tucked home from close range after Neymar saw his shot come back off the woodwork from inside the box. City dominated the first-half but weren’t able to extend the lead against Greek champions Olympiakos.
When Yaya Toure was brought down in the box, Aguero stepped-up and doubled the lead from the spot five minutes after half-time, and twenty minutes later Joleon Lescott put City three-up when he slammed a loose ball past the ‘keeper from 15 yards after an Aguero shot was blocked in the box.
With fifteen minutes to go, Sami Nasri was bundled over by Kostas Mitroglou in the area and Aguero completed his hat-trick at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid by slotting his second penalty low to the ‘keeper’s left.
It’s the first time since 1973 that English teams have won the competition in successive seasons after Arsenal’s victory last year. Five different English sides lifted the then-UEFA Cup in six consecutive years from 1968-1973.