Antoine Griezmann struck twice to give Atletico Madrid their third Europa League title in just9 years.
Its safe to say that Atletico Madrid have been a different team ever since Diego Simeone took charge. He guided them to three Europa crowns and also led them to 2 UEFA finals which they lost to their neighbors Real Madrid but they did end the two legged race of La Liga by claiming the title in 2013-14 season and broke Barcelona and Real Madrid's dominance in Spain. The Argentine however was serving a 4 game ban and had to watch his team from the stands for the finals.
The match started with much intensity and Marseille had the first chance when Payet opened up Germain with a brilliant through ball but shot wide. Things went from bad to worse very quickly for the French side as goalkeeper Mandanda’s pass was poorly controlled by Anguissa and Griezmann pounced on the chance and calmly slotted in Atletico’s first. Marseille’s captain Payet couldn’t do much to turn the situation around as he had to leave the pitch in tears following an injury. Atletico from that point fought without losing any focus and chased after every loose ball and stuck to their usual 4-4-2 formation and took the punishment. It was another mistake from the Marseille that gave the Spanish side an extra goal with Koke playing a delightful flick to Griezmann from a poor throw in and giving the French forward a double for the night. There wasn’t much of a fight back and the only visible chance came from Mitroglou whose headed rattled the wood work. The final nail in the coffin was from the captain Gabi who drilled a shot to the bottom corner in the 89th minute. Celebrations had started early and Torres was introduced in the dying minutes who had a fairytale ending as he managed to lift his first ever trophy in the Atletico colors in his final game after joining the club nearly 18 years ago. If rumors are to be true it would also mark the final game for Greizmann for the Madrid side whose next destination could well be to Barcelona. Atletico Madrid would indeed be upset about losing their talismanic forward but if they could produce the likes of Forlan, Agueo, Torres and Costa they could rest calm knowing another proficient striker might be on its way.