Spanish side are too strong for Marseille in the final at the Stade de Lyon
Thursday, May 17, 2018 – 7:56am
Marseille 0 Atletico Madrid 3
Antoine Griezmann demonstrated what he described as his “cold-blooded” streak in scoring two goals as Atletico Madrid crushed Marseille 3-0 in the final of the Europa League.
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It was a one-sided final, with the French side unable to match the crisp, confident passing of their Spanish opponents, one of the most consistent clubs in European competition in recent years.
Runners-up in the Champions League in 2014 and 2016, Atletico won the Europa League in 2010 and 2012 and they looked odds-on to make it a hat-trick of titles from early in this season’s final in Lyon.
Perhaps the outcome would have been different if Marseille’s Valere Germain had buried an early chance. Perhaps, perhaps. But he didn’t and thereafter it was all Atletico as Marseille suffered the hammer blow of losing skipper Dimitri Payet to injury on the half-hour mark.
The former West Ham midfielder hobbled off in tears, the thigh niggle that has hampered him for weeks now questioning his participation in next month’s World Cup.
France coach Didier Deschamps names his 23-man squad later today and top of his list will be Griezmann. The star of the 2016 European Championships – he won the tournament’s Golden Boot for scoring most goals – has returned to …read more
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