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.
Simeone’s side scored their first opportunity of the second half, too, as just four minutes in Saul Niguez was quickest to a loose ball near the halfway line, and within seconds Koke released Griezmann to exquisitely lift the ball over Steve Mandanda and into the net.
Asked about man-of-the-match Griezmann following Atletico’s third Europa League triumph, Gil Marin told Cadena SER: “It will depend on his feelings more than anything else”.
Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their second goal.
The Frenchman revealed that he grew up supporting the Ligue 1 club and hopes they can beat Real’s city rivals in Lyon.
The midfielder has been superb for Marseille this season since signing from Wolfsburg in Germany, but where he plays could be key.
Atletico were happy to sit back in the opening stages and had one half chance which Koke skewed wide but they picked an opportune moment to strike and Griezmann’s goal against the run seriously wounded Marseille. The best team has won, the one with the most experience, it is a great team.
“He has played three finals with us, has won two, and so that shows that he is not far away from his objective of regularly playing finals”. We didn’t start the Champions League very well (this time) but reinvented ourselves in this competition. “Keeping at it, keep working hard and it will bear fruit”.
“This was just confirmation of what Griezmann has been doing year after year”, said the Argentine.
Team Diego Simone scored three unanswered goals in the gate “Marseilles” and became the victor of the Europa League of the season 2017-2018. And rightly so, for Griezmann’s penchant to change the course of crucial matches is a godsend for any club.
The BT Sport app will be carrying a free Marseille v Atletico Madrid live stream from this time onwards, with both platforms showing the game on the revolutionary enhanced video player.
Not only did Payet’s side go on to lose 3-0 in the final, the France star limped off with a leg injury in the first half that puts his World Cup hopes in serious doubt.