Atletico Madrid Win Third Europa League Title


Fresh after scoring a brace in Atletico Madrid's 3-0 win over Marseille in the UEFA Europa League final, forward Antoine Griezmann did not want to touch too much on the rumours linking him with Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

Three-time African best Abedi Pele opened the doors in 1993 when he contributed heavily to Olympique Marseille's maiden and only Uefa Champions League triumph.

He added that winning Europe's second-tier competition represented "more than a trophy - it's a victory for everything we stand for, for hard work and industry".

Atletico headed into this clash favourites to win the trophy for many reasons.

The France worldwide who was a doubt for the fixture left the field in tears with his side trailing by one goal and was said to be a real fitness concern ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad announcement.

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His intelligent movement and coolness in front of goal were once again highly evident.

Atletico's next challenge will be trying to stop a bigger club signing Griezmann, amid ongoing interest from Barcelona. The player gave his OK to Barcelona at the end of the previous year after discarding the option of joining Jose Mourinho's side, report Sport.

Simeone also called on the Atletico Madrid fans to turn out en mass to bid Fernando Torres farewll in his final game for Atletico Madrid against Eibar on Sunday.

Marseille had started brightly but found themselves 0-1 down to an Antoine Griezmann strike when Payet pulled up hurt. Striker Valere Germain missed a golden opportunity that could have changed the complexion of the game.

Falling behind against Atletico is usually fatal, and so it proved for the French side. The French side continued to attempt to get back into the game. The misery was compounded by the loss of Marseille's talismanic defender and captain Dmitri Payet to injury after only half an hour played. The former West Ham player left the field in tears.