UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024

UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024

UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024-

The 2024 UEFA Europa Conference League final concluded the 2023–24 season of UEFA’s third-tier club football tournament. Held on May 29, 2024, at the Agia Sophia Stadium in Athens, Greece, the match featured Olympiacos from Greece and Fiorentina from Italy.

Olympiacos’ Historic Victory

Olympiacos secured their first UEFA Europa Conference League title with a 1–0 victory after extra time. Ayoub El Kaabi scored the winning goal in the 116th minute, heading in a cross from Santiago Hezze. This triumph made Olympiacos the first Greek club to win a European trophy, and they earned a place in the league phase of the 2024–25 UEFA Europa League. Fiorentina, having lost the previous year’s final as well, became the first team to lose two consecutive Europa Conference League finals.( You are reading UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024 )

Background

This was Olympiacos’ first appearance in a European final, making it the second European final to feature a Greek team after Panathinaikos in 1971. Fiorentina was the first club to reach two consecutive UEFA Europa Conference League finals, seeking their first major trophy since the 2000–01 Coppa Italia and their first European title since the 1960–61 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

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Olympiacos’ manager José Luis Mendilibar aimed for his first Europa Conference League title after winning the Europa League with Sevilla the previous year. A victory would have made him the first manager to win two different major European trophies in consecutive seasons since Rafael Benítez.

Venue of UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024

The final took place at the Agia Sophia Stadium in Athens, also known as the OPAP Arena. Home to AEK Athens, the stadium opened in September 2022 and has a capacity of 31,100. This event was the eighth single-leg UEFA club final held in Greece. ( You are reading UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024 )

 

Host Selection of UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024

UEFA opened the bidding process for the 2024 final on June 21, 2022. The Agia Sophia Stadium was selected on June 28, 2023, subject to an observation period until November 2023 to ensure it met all requirements.

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Road to the Final

Olympiacos’ Journey

Round Opponent Aggregate 1st Leg (H) 2nd Leg (A)
Third Qualifying Round Genk 2–1 1–0 1–1
Play-off Round Čukarički 6–1 3–1 3–0
Knockout Round Play-offs Ferencváros 2–0 1–0 1–0
Round of 16 Maccabi Tel Aviv 7–5 1–4 6–1 (a.e.t.)
Quarter-finals Fenerbahçe 3–3 (3–2 p) 3–2 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Semi-finals Aston Villa 6–2 4–2 2–0

 

 

UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024
UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024

Fiorentina’s Journey

Round Opponent Aggregate 1st Leg (H) 2nd Leg (A)
Round of 16 Maccabi Haifa 5–4 4–3 1–1
Quarter-finals Viktoria Plzeň 2–0 0–0 2–0 (a.e.t.)
Semi-finals Club Brugge 4–3 3–2 1–1

Match Summary of UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024

The match remained goalless for ninety minutes before heading into extra time. Olympiacos’ Ayoub El Kaabi scored the decisive goal in the 116th minute, heading in a cross from Santiago Hezze. The goal was confirmed after a VAR check, sealing Olympiacos’ victory.( You are reading UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024 )

Match Details of UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024

Date 29 May 2024
Venue Agia Sophia Stadium, Athens
Attendance 26,842
Referee Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)

 

UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024

Line-ups

Olympiacos

Position Player YC RC
GK Konstantinos Tzolakis
RB Rodinei
CB Panagiotis Retsos
CB David Carmo
LB Francisco Ortega
DM Santiago Hezze
DM Vicente Iborra
RW Daniel Podence YC 28′
AM Chiquinho
LW Kostas Fortounis (c)
CF Ayoub El Kaabi YC 117′

Substitutes used: Quini, André Horta, Georgios Masouras, Youssef El-Arabi, Stevan Jovetić

Fiorentina

Position Player YC RC
GK Pietro Terracciano
RB Dodô
CB Nikola Milenković
CB Lucas Martínez Quarta YC 42′
LB Cristiano Biraghi (c) YC 99′
DM Arthur
DM Rolando Mandragora
RW Nicolás González
AM Giacomo Bonaventura
LW Christian Kouamé YC 79′
CF Andrea Belotti

Substitutes used: Luca Ranieri, Alfred Duncan, Antonín Barák, Jonathan Ikoné, M’Bala Nzola

Match Statistics of UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024

Statistic Olympiacos Fiorentina
Goals scored 1 0
Total shots 6 17
Shots on target 4 4
Saves 4 3
Ball possession 47% 53%
Corner kicks 5 6
Fouls committed 10 17
Offsides 4 3
Yellow cards 4 3
Red cards 0 0

 

UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2024

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