Unfortunately for Unai Emery’s side, it ended in dismay. Villarreal were seventh going into the game and needed to better their rivals’ result. The Yellow Submarine took the lead against the title-chasing Blancos in the 20th minute, through Yeremi Pino.

However, fortunes would turn for the Yellow Submarine late on. Zinedine Zidane’s men fought back with two quick-fire goals in the final moments to win the match. First, Karim Benzema equalised in the 87th minute before Luka Modric wrapped up three points for the capital side in injury time.

“We were winning until the end and then it all changed in a few minutes,” Emery told the club’s website post-match.

“The main aim, which was the Europa League, has been lost. The key was in January and February. The disappointment isn’t for today’s game, the opposite. This match has helped us ahead of Wednesday’s final, when we will fight for a title and a big prize, which is the Champions League.”

In the end the result didn’t matter as Real Betis fought back from two goals down to win 3-2 over Celta Vigo, while Real Sociedad beat Osasuna 1-0 thanks to an 86th-minute winner from Alexander Isak.

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