Griezmann brace secures Europa League title for Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid hero Antoine Griezmann aims for more titles

Atletico Madrid and Olympique Marseille will go head to head in Lyon on Wednesday night in the Europa League final.

Wednesday's final will be just the third time the two sides have faced one another.

Marseille reached the final thanks to an extra time victor from defender Rolando, to squeeze past Red Bull Salzburg, 3-2 on aggregate.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be unable to orchestrate proceedings from the dugout as he serves a suspension following his sending-off in the semi-final first leg against Arsenal.

They started the match impressively, but they had to wait till the 21st minute to score their first goal through Antoine Griezmann who was assisted by Gabi. Marseille, meanwhile, has never won the Europa League title, now three times finishing as a runner-up, and entered the day hoping to claim its first piece of European silverware since winning the Champions League title back in 1993.

"They've had a great season, at home and on the continent", he added. "I'm going to be grateful to this team always".

The France worldwide has been Atletico's top scorer in every season since joining from Real Sociedad in 2014, but a constant stream of transfer stories linking him with clubs from Manchester United to rivals Real Madrid has led to him being booed by his own supporters this season.

2 hours ago - Now that all of the domestic seasons have all been cleaned up and done, attention turns back to Europe as Atletico Madrid take on Marseille in Lyon in the Europa League final.

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Atletico dropped down from the Champions League this season, beating the likes of FC Copenhagen, Lokomotiv Moscow, Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal on their way to the final.

"What "Cholo" (Simeone) is doing for the club is historic", Griezmann said in an interview with UEFA.

"We know how tough it is".

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone watched his team win the Europa League from the stands because he was serving a touchline ban.

"But in one game anything is possible, so it's very important for Marseille to try something and create some trouble for Atletico".

For Atletico, the match is another shot at putting things right in a decider after failing to get over the line in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals.

Thauvin has 22 goals and 11 assists to his name in Ligue 1 so far this term, as well as notching four goals in the run to the Europa League final. We need to realise that facing us, as Diego Godin was saying, we have an extraordinary rival.

Having fallen into this competition by virtue of a shock group-stage exit from the Champions League, Atletico were the favourites against a Marseille side whose continental campaign had begun in the third qualifying round last July. After picking up a red card in Marseille's last game, Mandanda has to be on his game.

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