Nicolo Zaniolo made certain AS Roma won their first main European title in larger than 60 years after his first-half of aim earned them a 1-0 victory over Feyenoord Rotterdam within the Europa Conference League closing in Albania.
Feyenoord captain Justin Bijlow mentioned they overlooked the chance to position the club relieve on the draw after their first look in a European closing in 20 years ended in deep disappointment as they misplaced having dominated against AS Roma on Wednesday.
The Dutch club, who won the UEFA Cup in 2002, had been overwhelmed 1-0 within the inaugural Europa Conference League closing as a defensive poke allowed Nicolo Zaniolo to snatch a 32nd-minute winner.
“This is hideous. We basically wished to desire the cup with us, to thank the supporters and to position Feyenoord relieve on the draw. Sadly, it did now not work out love that,” mentioned goalkeeper Bijlow.
Defender Gernot Trauner overlooked a inferior from Gianluca Mancini into the Feyenoord field, allowing Zaniolo at the relieve of him to get from end vary.
“We did nearly everything factual for 19 games and now one mistake noticed us punished. That hurts lots,” mentioned striker Cyriel Dessers.
“But infrequently we played come completely. We are going to now not ceaselessly blame ourselves.”
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Feyenoord hit the woodwork twice and forced Roma into a grand defensive display after halftime.
“They had been ruthless. Even when the ball wasn’t end, I was getting elbows,” Dessers mentioned.
Bijlow mentioned Feyenoord applied lots of stress and induced Roma difficulties.
“You noticed they’d anguish going by us. But sadly, it wasn’t ravishing enough. It is a bit a cliche, nonetheless it completely used to be 20 years within the past that we last played in a European closing. That sounds nice, nonetheless it completely is factual. But for now, it’s especially hideous that we can’t desire the cup to Rotterdam.”
Coach Arne Slot tried to soften the blow for his avid gamers after the match.
“I instructed them I would possibly possibly well possibly now not desire the frustration a ways flung from them, nonetheless I also mentioned that it used to be a privilege to work with this crew daily this season,” he mentioned.
“There hasn’t been a day that we now be pleased got now not enjoyed being on the practising field together.”