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UEFA Europa League Final: Atletico Madrid breeze past Marseille1 min read

Athletico Madrid UEFA Europa FInal Winners

Antoine Griezmann’s brace and Gabi’s late goal sealed a comfortable 3-0 win against toothless Olympique Marseille at the Stade De Lyon to hand Atletico Madrid their 3rd Europa League Title in nine years. 

The French Forward has been in sublime form, scoring in every knockout-fixture in the Europa League this season. Griezmann didn’t disappoint in the final either, he was the focal point of attack and put in a top performance.

Though at the start of the game, it didn’t seem all rosy for Atletico, manager Diego Simeone was serving a 4-match ban, watching his team play the biggest game of their season from the stands, in a Stadium that was predominantly packed with Marseille supporters considering the game was in France.

 Marseille dominated proceedings initially and blew away a golden opportunity when Dimitri Payet’s through ball found striker Valere Germain’s feet, who fired the ball wide from a one-on-one situation inside the first four minutes. Seconds later Adil Rami’s shot from outside the box very nearly went in, after that it was the Atletico Madrid show. Zambo Anguissa’s blunder in the 20th minute gifted Griezmann the ball and he calmly slotted the ball in the bottom-left corner to break the deadlock. The chances of a comeback seemed uncertain when chief playmaker and captain Dimitri Payet was subbed off the pitch owing to a muscle injury. Atletico Madrid was in fine touch as the referee blew for half-time. 

Just 5 minutes after the resumption, Koke found Griezmann with a clever pass and the Frenchman nonchalantly chipped the ball into the goal. Marseille continued to be the second best team on the pitch as they lacked creativity and attacking prowess, they did though come awfully close to scoring in the 81st minute when substitute Kostas Mitroglou hit the post. Atleti killed the game in the 89th minute through an unlikely scorer, defensive midfielder Gabi shot from close range and into the bottom corner.

Fernando Torres replaced Griezmann in stoppage time in what seemed like a very good gesture as ‘El Nino’ had never won a trophy with his childhood club, moments later Atleti were crowned Champions!

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