Roma's journey to Europa Conference League glory
- Roma won the first-ever UEFA Europa Conference League
- Roma's coach Jose Mourinho completes a unique trophy haul
- Nicolo Zaniolo scored the winning goal for Roma
Nicolo Zaniolo's goal gave Roma their first major European trophy in over 60 years, ending a drought since winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1961, considered a forerunner to the UEFA Cup and Europa League.
Roma's win completes a unique trophy haul for José Mourinho. The Roma coach has also won the Champions League, Europa League, and the UEFA Cup. He can add the third-tier European crown to his trophy cabinet.
"Winning is difficult. You need many components to win," Mourinho said in the post-match press conference.
Roma beat CSKA Sofia, Udinese, Empoli, Cagliari, Genoa, Zorya Luhansk, Torino, Spezia, Atlanta, Lecce, Vitesse, and Sampdoria in the group stages. Fiorentina, Inter, Verona, Lazio, Bodo/Glimt, Venezia, Bologna, and Milan were among the teams it lost to.
It drew with Venezia, Leicester City, Napoli, Vitesse, Udinese, Sassuolo, and Sampdoria.
With 13 points, Roma topped the Group C table of the UEFA Europa League Conference League. It won four of six games. The team had to play more than 50 games to reach the finals.
After pulling the ball down off his chest in the final match against Feyenoord, the 22-year-old Zaniolo guided it home with a left-footed touch in the 32nd minute. Chris Smalling was declared the man of the match for his performance.