Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid swept apart Marseille in Lyon to defend the Europa League for the 1/three time in 9 years.
France forward Griezmann opened the scoring by punishing Andre Zambo Anguissa’s sorrowful contact to coolly slot residence, then casually dinked in a 2nd.
Captain Gabi drilled within the 1/three aim leisurely on as Atletico again lifted the trophy they also won in 2010 and 2012.
The highest consequence will were utterly different had Marseille forward Valere Germain taken an early probability, before Griezmann’s deadly finishing allowed Atletico to gain management.
Marseille skipper Dimitri Payet, an injury doubt before the game, lasted accurate form 1/2 an hour before hobbling off in tears.
Without their inspirational midfielder, the French facet brought about Atletico accurate form one predominant fear as ex-Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou headed against the put up.
‘Frosty-blooded’ Griezmann one in all Europe’s most fine
Atletico were one in all Europe’s most constant groups in most modern seasons, breaking Barcelona and Accurate Madrid’s stranglehold on La Liga by claiming the title in 2013-14.
2nd within the Spanish top flight with one match closing, they are heading within the superior direction for a top-three do for the sixth straight season and hang regarded in two Champions League finals in that length, shedding on each and each times to metropolis opponents Accurate.
With manager Diego Simeone within the stands – serving a four-game ban for being despatched off within the semi-closing against Arsenal – Atletico repelled Marseille’s early thrusts and produced a efficiency which has change into a trademark below the Argentine.
Griezmann’s scientific double took his tally for the membership this season to 30 before Gabi added the 1/three because the Ligue 1 membership tried in vain to breach a backline that has conceded accurate form 33 objectives in 58 games all advertising and marketing campaign.
“I’m very elated,” acknowledged Griezmann.
“I were working to skills one of these moment for a few years. I left residence after I used to be 14 for that. We can rejoice. My family is right here.
“I do now not know strategies to whisper the do, in all probability cool-blooded.”
Atletico carry out their league season against Eibar on Sunday, and it remains to be viewed if that is Griezmann’s final game for the membership as he has been heavily linked with Barcelona.
Payet blow for France?
Payet has been Marseille’s well-known person man this season – his 22 assists in all competitions the most by any player in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
The old West Ham midfielder was struggling with a thigh explain before the game and, in spite of being passed fit, crumpled down within the outlet length and was clearly devastated as he made his method off the pitch.
France boss Didier Deschamps names his 23-man squad for the World Cup on Thursday, and Payet will seemingly be left questioning whether he will seemingly be fit.
It was his suave through ball within the sixth minute that location Germain in on aim, but the striker struck horribly huge from 10 yards out.
Stale Aston Villa corpulent-relieve Jordan Amavi struck a fizzing pressure straight at goalkeeper Jan Oblak leisurely on as Marseille lost their 1/three closing on this competitors – twice below its earlier guise because the Uefa Cup.
Defender Adil Rami acknowledged: “The closing step was too far for us but we fought for every little thing.
“We lacked skills. In opposition to one of these team you mustn’t strive to play soccer. It is most realistic to knock it long and excessive and defend 2nd balls.
“Whereas you strive to play and lose the ball against them, that is that if you are in wretchedness.”
Man of the match – Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
French hoodoo continues – the stats
- Atletico hang won the Europa League thrice, the joint-most with Sevilla for the reason that competitors’s inaugural season in 2009-10.
- Marseille hang lost each and each of their past three predominant finals in European competitors, without scoring a single aim. All were within the Uefa Cup/Europa League.
- In predominant European finals, French aspects hang now lost all 5 of their encounters with Spanish opposition, with Marseille accounting for the past two.
- Because the muse of the 2013-14 season, Spanish golf equipment hang won eight of the past 9 Champions League and Europa League trophies blended – Manchester United on this competitors final season being the exception.
- Simeone has change into accurate form the 2nd manager to comprehend the Europa League on better than one event, after Unai Emery (three).
- Koke now has 5 assists for Atletico within the Europa League – most fine Diego (eight) has more for the membership for the reason that competitors started in 2009-10.
- Griezmann has been straight away focused on 12 objectives in European competitors this season (eight objectives, four assists).
- Griezmann has been straight away focused on forty five% of the Ninety four objectives (29 objectives, thirteen assists) that Atletico hang scored in all competitions this season.
- Oblak has registered seven easy sheets in European competitors this season, better than any other goalkeeper within the Champions League or Europa League.