Soccer-Sevilla's Navas named Europa League Player of the Season

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League - Final - Sevilla v AS Roma - Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary - June 1, 2023 Sevilla's Jesus Navas celebrates with the trophy after winning the Europa League REUTERS/Marko Djurica

(Reuters) - Sevilla's Jesus Navas was named Europa League Player of the Season on Sunday after the 37-year-old was a key part of his side's record-extending seventh success in the competition.

Navas played a pivotal role in Wednesday's final against AS Roma, delivering a cross that lad to an equaliser for the Spanish side, who won 4-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

The Sevilla captain made nine appearances in UEFA's second-tier competition and had three assists.

Bayer Leverkusen's 20-year-old midfielder Florian Wirtz was Europa League Young Player of the Season, helping the Germans reach the semi-finals before losing 1-0 on aggregate to Roma.

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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