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Marseille v Atletico Madrid

Marseille v Atletico Madrid

Marseille, who have lost three other European finals, have come all the way from the qualifying rounds in this season's Europa League, starting out last July.

Griezmann didn't waste the glorious chance to finish a side-foot after being teed up by Gabi who intercepted the ball.

Notwithstanding the fact that Atletico possess some of Europe's finest players in Jan Oblak, Diego Costa, Koke and Griezmann, Diego Simeone's side are the ideal anti-thesis to the current definition of success in European footballing dynamics - they may operate on a limited budget, but European Cup finals are their staple hunting grounds.

The France global produced an ice-cool finish beyond Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to put Atletico in charge and he started and finished an exquisite move which effectively killed off the French side early in the second half. Payet soon succumbing to injury was another huge blow, as the France global was his team's most likely to magic a way through the super-tight Atletico defence.

A spirited Marseille team gave it their all, but Atletico were just too streetwise and also just too good. "So on a sporting level we aren't so far from the clubs that have more power than us".

It may have been Griezmann's parting gift amid Barca's interest in the France global forward, who opted to remain in Madrid for the 2017-18 season despite Manchester United's efforts to lure the 27-year-old to the Premier League.

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With Atleti's player still celebrating their final goal of the night, Diego Simeone finally summoned his last substitute from the bench.

The memories of their agonising defeats to Real in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016 remain fresh for Simeone and his side. "I hope the stadium is bouncing on Sunday-he deserves the best send-off possible".

Atletico, who made their fifth appearance in the final of European tournaments in the past nine years, was crowned in the Europa League in 2010 and 2012, while Marseille anticipated for another European title after winning the Champions League back in 1993. The Spanish side enhanced their fearsome reputation as a front-runner by completely shutting out Rudi Garcia's men.

"I chose to start Dimitri, one of our best players", he told reporters after the game.

Marseille had started brightly but found themselves 1-0 down to an Antoine Griezmann strike when Payet pulled up hurt.


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