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Marseille 0 Atletico Madrid 3: Antoine Griezmann stars in Europa League Final as Dimitri Payet's night ends in tears

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 16/05/2018 Tom Doyle

Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League. © Reuters Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League. Atletico Madrid were victorious in the Europa League Final as Antoine Griezmann starred to help seal a 3-0 win against Marseille in Lyon.

Atletico started Wednesday night's Final second best as Marseille pressed for the opening goal, but Valere Germain blasted over an easy chance after being sent through by Dimitri Payet after four minutes.

And Germain was left to rue that miss as Griezmann punished a terrible mistake by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa to put Atleti in front not long after.

a man wearing a red shirt © Provided by Evening Standard Limited Anguissa miscontrolled a simple pass from goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, allowing Gabi to tee up Griezman for a simple one-on-one finish past Mandanda 21 minutes into the final.

Worse was to come for Marseille as their star player Payet - who started the game despite a recent thigh injury - left the pitch in tears as the muscle problem ended his final after just 33 minutes.

(REUTERS) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (REUTERS) Marseille kept their heads and went into half-time, but Atletico were soon two goals to the good after the restart as Griezmann showed nerves of steel once more.

Atletico took control after a throw-in inside Marseille's half and broke at goal with minimal defensive midfield resistance, allowing Koke time to slip a pass in behind the defence for Griezmann to run onto before finishing a delicate close-range lob over Mandanda.

(EPA) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (EPA) With Payet helplessly watching on from the sidelines, Marseille were bereft of inspiration as Atletico seized full control of the Final.

Griezmann could be on his way to Barcelona this summer, but a star performance in Lyon and the Europa League trophy will serve as a perfect parting gift to Atletico fans.

(REUTERS) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (REUTERS) Referee Bjorn Kuipers was forced to dole out a number of yellow cards as the game became fraught, while substitute Konstantinos Mitroglou went closest for Marseille with a fine header which bounced off the post.

But in their desperation to get back into the game, Marseille left gaps in defence - and Gabi ruthlessly finished after a fine Atletico move to wrap up the win, with Fernando Torres coming off the bench at the death in his final appearances for Los Rojiblancos.

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