Marseille 0 – 3 Atletico Madrid [Europa League – Final] Highlights 2017/18 – Atletico Madrid won the Europa League with a 3-0 victory over Marseille, as Antoine Griezmann played a starring role.
Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid won the Europa League with a 3-0 victory over Marseille in Lyon on Wednesday.
The France international has been persistently linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano, with Barcelona reported to be among his biggest admirers.
But if this season is to be his last with the club, Griezmann produced the perfect parting gift at the Groupama Stadium.
A Marseille error opened the door for the forward to put Atleti in front after 21 minutes, before a delightful finish doubled the advantage for Diego Simeone’s men early in the second half.
The Ligue 1 outfit had started brightly but had their momentum checked by Griezmann’s opener, and an injury to captain Dimitri Payet before the break came as a further blow to their chances.
1 – Antoine Griezmann is the first French player to score a brace in a UEFA Cup/Europa League final or a European Cup/Champions League final. Grizou. pic.twitter.com/eL5Kl61gRq
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Their best chance to pull a goal back came 10 minutes from time, when substitute Kostas Mitroglou headed against the post, but Gabi wrapped up the win with a late third.
But Atleti held firm for a third Europa League triumph, pulling them level with Juventus, Inter and Liverpool behind five-time winners Sevilla on the competition’s roll of honour
The lingering smoke of flares hung over the opening stages, and Jan Oblak will have been thankful to see Valere Germain lift an effort over after emerging from the clouds to run on to a Payet throughball in the fourth minute.
As the haze started to lift, Simeone – watching from the stands thanks to a touchline ban – will have seen his side continuing to come under pressure from a Marseille side who looked lively.
But it only took one Marseille mistake for the Spanish side to snatch an undeserved lead.
Griezmann consoles Payet 😢
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A calamitous touch from Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa allowed Gabi to play the ball through for Griezmann, who slotted a simple finish beyond Steve Mandanda.
Lucas Ocampos sent a looping header just over from a free-kick after 24 minutes, but more bad fortune would soon follow for Marseille.
Payet, who touched the trophy as he walked onto the field before kick-off, limped off in tears after having recovered from a muscle injury to make the starting XI.