Griezmann Stars As Atletico Madrid Win Europa League

Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid blitzed Marseille in Lyon to win the Europa League for the third time in nine years. The French forward opened the scoring by punishing Andre Zambo Anguissa’s poor touch to fire home before grabbing the second.

Captain Gabi was on hand to score the third to condemn Marseille to a painful defeat and claim the trophy for the La Liga side.

The outcome could have been different had Marseille forward Valere Germain taken an early chance, before Griezmann’s lethal finishing allowed Atletico to take control.

Marseille also lost skipper Dimitri Payet to injury before half time. His loss led to a collapse in any hopes for the Ligue 1 side. The former West Ham man is also set to miss the World Cup with France after the injury.

Atletico have been one of Europe’s most consistent teams in recent seasons, breaking Barcelona and Real Madrid’s stranglehold on La Liga by claiming the title in 2013-14 and winning the Europa League in 2010 and 2012.

With manager Diego Simeone in the stands – serving a four-game ban for being sent off in the semi-final against Arsenal – Atletico repelled Marseille’s early thrusts and produced a performance which has become a trademark under the Argentine.

Atletico conclude their league season against Eibar on Sunday, and it remains to be seen if that is Griezmann’s last game for the club as he has been heavily linked with Barcelona.

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