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Antoine Griezmann brace helps Atletico Madrid win Europa League title

18 May, 2018, 17:16 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Atletico Madrid captain Gabi lifts Europa League trophy

Marseille, who started strongly, would live to regret that miss, with Antoine Griezmann usurping the general run of play to score at the other end on 21 minutes.

And Marseille suffered another early blow when Captain Dimitri Payet had to go off injured.

That paved the way for Griezmann to take centre stage, Marseille failing to truly threaten again until the latter stages when substitute Konstantinos Mitroglou hit the post with a header.

"The goal was to take advantage of the opponents' mistakes".

Simeone sent on Atletico legend Fernando Torres at the death as his side saw out the game to seal the veteran striker's first ever trophy for the club in his very last game. A goal then would have got us back into the match. "He's given us a lot, he gave us a leap in quality as a team".

The France global has been persistently linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano, with Barcelona reported being among his biggest admirers.

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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.

"I left home when I was 14 wanting to win titles", he said after the match. Hats off to Marseille, a great team.

However, a defensive error would undo everything before Griezmann and Gabi put the game beyond doubt and added another bit of silverware to Atletico's cabinet.

Simeone, who had to watch from the stands due to a touchline ban, called the victory a reward for his side's hard work and even expressed hope that Griezmann could be convinced to stay. "I am among the best three players in the world because of him". But he has been excellent through 2018 and decisive in each round of this competition, scoring the key away goal in the semi-final first leg and assisting Costa's clincher in the return leg against Arsenal.

Madrid's win in Lyon brings the tally of European trophies won by Spanish sides to eight of the past nine - Manchester United's triumph in the 2017 edition of this tournament is the only exception.

The Europa League is Griezmann's second trophy in his four seasons with Atletico, having previously won the Spanish Supercopa in 2014. "Even without him we'll continue to grow".

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