Griezmann scores twice as Atletico wins Europa League final
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 18, 2018,
May 18, 2018, 1:07
Griezmann's clinical double took his tally for the club this season to 30 before Gabi added the third as the Ligue 1 club tried in vain to breach a backline that has conceded just 33 goals in 58 games all campaign.
Griezmann returned to France to play the final against his boyhood club and did so with a bang, scoring either side of half time to put the game beyond the reach of Marseille.
Atletico easily made it to the knockout stages in the last four seasons, losing the final to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016, and being a semifinalist last season and a quarterfinalist in 2015.
Gabi said the 27-year-old's team-mates had already tried to convince Griezmann to stay and he hopes the trophy helps.
"I've been working to experience such a moment for many years", Griezmann said after the match. "I hope he'll make history with the club because, thanks to him, we are here". "In sporting terms we're not very far away from those who have deeper pockets than us". "I had lost finals, I left home at 14 to win titles and today I had the chance to win a trophy".
Marseille had been emphatically beaten and could only salute their fervent supporters, who outnumbered the Spanish fans in the 59,000-capacity Groupama Stadium and let off flares and firecrackers at the start and end of the match. "The scoreline is harsh, but the better team won".
He has also been influential for the Black Stars in the last few years.
Just being in the final was an achievement for Garcia's team, but they will look back on the evening with regrets.
Marseille began with urgency, but striker Valere Germain shot over from playmaker Dimitri Payet's slick pass after three minutes.
Apart from Simeone's eldest son, Giovanni Simeone, who plays for Italian side Fiorentina, all others came to cheer the Atletico boss to victory on the night.