Antoine Griezmann’s double helped Atletico Madrid lift Europa League
Atletico Madrid was always favourite to lift the Europa League. They finally had something to mitigate their last four season’s trophy drought, and Antoine Griezmann made sure he lifts his first trophy in Los Colchoneros’ colors. Griezmann scored a double to help Atletico lift the Europa League for the third time.
Sevilla dominated the Europa League in absence of Atletico Madrid in the competition. Whereas Atletico spent their last four seasons dreaming of Uefa Champions League, Sevilla stole the limelight winning three consecutive times in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Manchester United somehow dethroned them last season and now it’s back into a familiar territory in Spain.
Atletico lift their third Europa League trophy to take Spain tally to 11 trophies. Los Rojiblancos have won the Europa League twice in past in 2010 and 2012. And after spending four seasons in Europe’s elite competition, they were favourite to lift it this season as well.
Europe’s second tier has no match against Atletico Madrid, and they proved it. Marseille was playing very much at their home because final was played on French soil. Lyon host the Europa League final only for their one of the most celebrated son to lift the trophy at his home soil.
Clemente Villaverde (Atleti): “Griezmann has a contract with Atleti and he’s here with us at the moment. We want him to stay. We are doing everything in our power to make him stay.” [bein sports] pic.twitter.com/kNiSGgYtJF
— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) May 16, 2018
Antoine Griezmann was the star of the show as he scored twice. Frenchman make the most of his chances when Andre Zambo Anguissa makes a terrible mistake to give the ball away, and Griezmann made no mistake to latch into it. The visitors had the lead in the 21st minute of the game. However, Marseille also had a chance to go on the scoresheet but Valere Germain wasn’t clinical enough with his shot from Dimitri Payet’s assist.
Payet’s injury also shattered Marseille dream as their no.10 left the pitch within first 30 minutes of the game. Payet left the pitch with teary eyes but the match wasn’t over then. It got over when Griezmann scored his second of the night in the 49th minute with one of his gorgeous of finishes.
At that Marseille has sensed that no way there are going to disturb this Atletico defense, and there are not going to give them a fight. Substitute Konstantinos Mitroglou came close to put a fight back in the 81st minute, but his header glances wide and on the other end Atletico captain Gabi writes the perfect script of this final scoring in 89th minute.
Atletico won their third Europa League trophy scoring three times. There was a lot of emotions on the pitch after the game. Marseille missed the opportunity, then Atletico waited long to lift another trophy. Atleti’s most loved son Fernando Torres will be leaving the club at the end of the season and now he has something to rejoice his moment at the club. Griezmann is linked to Barcelona after four frustrating years with the club, and this Europa League trophy may convince him to stay longer with Los Colchoneros. Coach Diego Simeone has missed his touchline presence in later stages of the competition, and it will be a bonus for him that his lads have done the job in his absence in the technical area.