Antoine Griezmann fired his fifth and sixth Europa League targets to fireside Atletico Madrid to a snug Three-Zero victory in opposition to Marseille in Lyon to document their first trophy in Europe since 2012.
The Spanish facet survived an early scare to win their first trophy since taking La Liga title in 2014. Atletico punished Marseille for lacking massive alternatives and defending carelessly as the ultimate turned out to be a one-sided affair.
Diego Simeone served a touchline ban for the ultimate however was understandably delighted to see French worldwide Griezmann – in what might be his ultimate act for the membership – rating in each halves to seal the win, earlier than captain Gabi added a clincher and sealed the trophy.
Marseille knew they must begin fast and will have taken the lead after simply three minutes when former West Ham star Dimitri Payet threaded a pleasant by means of ball to striker Valere Germain who one way or the other blazed over from shut vary.
Adil Rami and Bouna Sarr then each had pictures that flew simply vast for the French facet, as they dominated the early phases.
Marseille had been enjoying good soccer, making it exhausting for Atletico to get into the sport however in typical Atletico style, they discovered a approach into the match by punishing their opponent’s mistake.
Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda performed a dangerous cross to Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa whose horrible management allowed Griezmann to intercept and slot dwelling from shut vary to provide Atletico the lead in opposition to the run of play after 21 minutes.
Atletico right-back Sime Vrsaljko picked up a yellow card moments after the purpose as Marseille pushed for a right away response. The purpose appeared to relax the Spanish facet and their expertise in cup finals started to point out.
Things turned bitter for Marseille when influential playmaker Dimitri Payet (who was a doubt earlier than the sport) was compelled off attributable to a hamstring damage, lowering him to tears.
The damage to Payet appeared to deflate Les Phoceens and Jordan Amavi was booked for a rash problem on Vrsaljko as Atletico went into the break with a 1-Zero lead.
The second half couldn’t have began any higher for Atletico. Griezmann collected Koke’s cross expertly and dinked the ball over Mandanda to increase the Spanish golf equipment’ lead.
Marseille merely had no reply in coping with Atletico’s play. Godin ought to have made it Three-Zero with a header, whereas Marseille’s frustration was being to point out. Lucas Ocampos vented his frustration when subbed off whereas an unusually calm Simeone watched on from the stands.
Jan Oblak who had nothing to do for 75 minutes of the sport, practically needed to choose the ball out of his internet when former Fulham flop Kostas Mitroglou headed in opposition to the put up. The Slovenian keeper lastly was made to work, catching an Amavi drive. Marseille’s attacking strain was coming too little too late.
Atletico had been cruising in the direction of the trophy, enjoying in first gear and fittingly, skipper and legend Gabi notched a 3rd purpose for Los Colchoneros within the penultimate minute to cap off a routine victory for Atletico. It was Gabi’s first European purpose for Atletico since 2011.
There was nonetheless time for Fernando Torres to come back on to the pitch for the ultimate time for Atletico Madrid, however the night time belonged to Griezmann and Atletico as they celebrated profitable the Europa league for third time in 9 years.