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CHAMPIONS: Atletico Madrid Cruise Past Marseille To Win Europa League Trophy

17 May, 2018, 05:04 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Diego Simeone: Experience will not influence Europa League final

The mood swing inside the stadium swung completely with the goal, and things fell even further Atletico's way when Marseille's best player Dimitri Payet was soon forced off injured.

Atletico Madrid have won this competition on two previous occasions in 2010 and 2012.

But after Antoine Griezmann struck to give Atletico the lead in the first half Marseille's woes were increased by injury to their skipper.

Payet was the next to have a go, forcing Oblak into a routine stop 19 minutes in, shortly before Atletico opened the scoring from their first attacking move.

The football gods demonstrated it was not to be their night as a Kostas Mitroglou header bounced off the inside of the post and out before veteran Gabi had the final say after another assist from Koke.

Gabi and manager Diego Simeone both paid tribute to Torres after the game, via the competition's official website. "That first trophy was the key to everything that came later".

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For Griezmann, born just 60km away from Lyon into a family of OL supporters, this was nearly a home game, but he could not have expected the gift OM offered him to open the scoring.

Last summer, Manchester United's pursuit of Griezmann looked like prizing him away from the red and white half of Madrid, but the Frenchman's moral compass kept him around; he didn't want to leave with the club unable to replace him because a transfer ban. Atleti's Antoine Griezmann did this celebration after each of his two goals scored on Tuesday.

"I left home at 14 years old because I wanted to win titles".

Not that OM did not make a real go of it.

Moments after Griezmann's opener, Marseille fans were given a warning over the public address system to stop letting off flares and firecrackers or the game would be stopped.

It remains to be seen how severe Payet's injury is. Conceding a second so soon after half-time realistically meant all was over bar the singing, which continued right until the end.

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