Griezmann leads Atletico to Europa League glory

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LYON – Antoine Griezmann’s brace sealed the UEFA Europa League for Atletico Madrid with a 3-0 win over Marseille.

There were no surprises to both of the lineups, as the sides had fit squads. But, Dimitri Payet started after missing the Guingamp game with a small injury.

Marseille started off well dominating the game while the Spanish side sat back and soaked in the pressure.

Valere Germain had a good chance in the third minute but his shot went just over the crossbar.

Atletico took the lead in the 20th minute when Anguissa gave the ball away and Griezmann pounced on it and tucked his shot into the bottom left corner to make it 1-0.

Atletico grew into the game more and started to dictate the play a bit more after the goal.

It was a risk to start Payet after missing Friday’s game, and it wasn’t a risk that paid off. The Frenchman was substituted off in the first half with a hamstring injury, being replaced by Maxime Lopez.

The Spanish side led 1-0 at the break.

Just five minutes into the second half Atletico made it 2-0 when Koke found Griezmann who chipped Steven Mandanda.

Diego Godin came close to getting a third but his header went just wide.

Marseille kept pushing late on. Kostas Mitroglou hit the post with a header that went across the goal-line.

Atletico sealed the win in the 88th minute when Diego Costa found Gabi who’s shot went into the bottom left corner.

A comfortable 3-0 win is a third Europa League title for Atletico Madrid while Marseille face heartbreak.

Marseille have another chance this weekend in Ligue 1 to get into the Champions League next season.

 

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