Antoine Griezmann double gives Atletico Madrid Europa League final victory

Antoine Griezmann double gives Atletico Madrid Europa League final victory

Antoine Griezmann double gives Atletico Madrid Europa League final victory

Atletico asserted their domination in the final minutes in the game when Gabi smashes the ball past Mandanda to seal the win for the La Liga giants and seal their third Europa League title.

"But we have experienced players too, players who have played in and won European finals, the Champions League in the case of Luiz Gustavo".

"This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering", said Griezmann, who has spent his whole career in Spain but had only previously won one Spanish Super Cup.

"We let our chance go in the first half".

Since the start of the 2013/14 campaign, Spanish clubs have won seven of the possible eight Champions League and Europa League trophies combined, with Manchester United's win in this competition last season being the only exception. "The two teams are similar in terms of play, we are both very direct, and in terms of hope and enthusiasm so it will be a great final".

Without Payet, Marseille were rarely a threat, one-goal leads are something Atletico can protect with the most deflating of ease, but on this occasion, they elected to give themselves an extra cushion.

Atletico were practically gifted the first of their three goals in the 3-0 win.

That paved the way for Griezmann to take centre stage, Marseille failing to truly threaten again until the latter stages when substitute Konstantinos Mitroglou hit the post with a header.

"On a personal level he will feel so much pride, so much excitement after making a dream he had searched for so long a reality", Simeone said. Replacing Griezmann, on came Fernando Torres to make his final appearance for his boyhood club.

"I don't know if it is cold-blood in the finish, or confidence", he said.

The night really belonged to Griezmann, whose stock will rise even further.

"I think now is not the moment to talk about my future, I just want to enjoy myself after my performance, after winning a trophy and I want to celebrate with the fans", Griezmann said. I didn't want to miss out.

But before we all go ahead and start saying how Griezmann is hilariously original with doing these celebrations, the first group I remember seeing do this is the UMBC basketball team.

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