Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Griezmann's double sinks Marseille as Atletico Madrid claims Europa League title

Griezmann's double sinks Marseille as Atletico Madrid claims Europa League title

Atletico Madrid won the UEFA Europa League title after defeating Marseille 3-0 on Wednesday evening.

Atletico are celebrating winning the Europa League final last night, but Lacazette says: "If it was odd to play against Atlético Madrid that I could join a year ago? No".

"Griezmann today confirmed what he has been doing year by year", Simeone said after the game.

"I hope that he is happy to play for us".

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"I think now is not the moment to talk about my future, I just want to enjoy myself after my performance, after winning a trophy and I want to celebrate with the fans", Griezmann told reporters. The truth is this was a dream for me, to win a trophy with Atletico, with [Diego Simeone] and my friends and teammates. "I owe a lot to Simeone and my team mates". Rudi Garcia's side did not create enough to break down one of Europe's toughest defences and their chances of causing an upset took a blow with Dimitri Payet limping off injured in the first half.

They had started well and had a great chance to open the scoring inside four minutes, Valere Germain shooting over after being slipped in by Payet.

Substitute Kostas Mitroglou almost pulled one back, his header coming off the post, before Gabi's low drive in the 89th minute made it 3-0.

He celebrated both goals with an energetic celebratory dance from popular video game Fortnite.

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Marseille were the better side for large portions of the game, but when star man Payet was forced off early in the first half and Griezmann took advantage of the error at the back, it was always going to be a tough game.

But nothing could disguise Atletico's vast superiority, as it added to its Europa League trophies from 2010 and 2012.

Griezmann had hogged most of the attention before the final amid speculation he is about to end his four-year stay at Atletico to move to 25-times Spanish champions Barca when his buy-out clause drops to 100 million euros.

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