Atletico Madrid wins the Europa League as Antoine Griezmann proves his worth
It was Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid who stole the limelight on Wednesday in the Europa League Final as the Atletico Madrid outclassed Marseille 3-0 in the Groupama stadium. Griezmann scored twice in the all-important final after which Gabi added the final nail in the coffin in front of a large number of French supporters.
Marseille dominated early in the game and tested Jan Oblak but it was Antoine Griezmann who took advantage of a mis-control by Andre Frank Anguissa and calmly placed the ball in the Marseille net much to the delight of the Atletico supporters.
Things got worse for Marseille soon after as ex-West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet, who just recovered from an injury in time to make the match, had to walk away from the field due to a reoccurrence of the injury problem.
Having led his team to the finals, Payet left the field in tears adding to Marseille’s woes. In the 49th minute, another Marseille error helped Koke release Griezmann with a beautiful flick and once again the finish was world class from the French striker. That goal almost guaranteed Atletico the Europa League trophy but there was still a lot of time to play for.
Marseille tried to get back into the match with some efforts of their own but were not convincing enough. Finally in the 89th minute Gabi, from a Koke pass, classily netted the ball making it 3-0 for Atletico. There was also a late cameo by Fernando Torres, who replaced Griezmann in the dying stages of the match. The win marked Torres’ first European triumph with his boyhood club, Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann was undoubtedly the star of the match which could be his last in the Atletico shirt as there are a lot of clubs waiting to acquire his services. With Barcelona looking the most likely destination for the 27-year-old, the talented striker will surely go down as one of the best strikers to have ever played for the club.