Diego Carlos went from hero to zero as Sevilla claimed a sixth Europa League triumph in a 3-2 victory over Inter Milan.
The 27-year-old Brazilian who been linked with a move to the Premier League had an awful start when Romelu Lukaku scored from the penalty spot after Carlos clumsily brought down the Belgian striker.
Carlos had been tormented by Lukaku for most of the game but got the last laugh when his overhead kick from Ever Banega’s free-kick took a decisive touch off Inter’s top scorer and flew into the back of the net.
However it raised the question of whether Carlos was lucky to still be on the pitch, as he appeared to make no attempt for the ball as he dragged Lukaku to the ground.
The Spaniard was awarded a yellow card but it was believed he could have been awarded a red.
After the match, BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage said: ‘I thought Lukaku’s pace got him in behind Carlos and there was no attempt to play the ball.
‘Lukaku there another touch, it’s a clear goalscoring opportunity. It doesn’t matter what time of the game it is.
‘Yes we want to see 11 v 11, but the laws are, if you don’t try and play the ball it’s a red card. No defender is gonna get Lukaku there cutting in on his left side. There’s no way in the world that should not be a red card.’
Moments after Lukaku scored the opening penalty, BT Sport’s referee pundit Peter Walton said that Carlos should have been given a red card as he didn’t make an effort to go for the ball.
Lukaku from the spot! 🎯
He wins the penalty, he scores the penalty.
Inter lead in the fifth minute and Lukaku has his 3️⃣4️⃣th goal of the season! #Club2020 pic.twitter.com/StDqtLwlml
Luuk De Jong scored twice in the first half to put Sevilla up 2-1 after Lukaku’s penalty before Diego Godin equalised after 35 minutes with a header.
Then with 16 minutes left to go in the second-half Carlos’ acrobatic overhead kick was touched into the back of the net by Lukaku.
While he might have been lucky to still be on the pitch it was redemption for Carlos who gave away a penalty kick in each of the quarter-final, semi final and then the final.