Atletico crush Marseille 3-0, win their third Europa League title

Source: Xinhua| 2018-05-17 04:56:42|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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LYON, France, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Antoine Griezmann's brace and Gabi's goal gifted La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid their third Europa League title with a 3-0 win over Ligue 1 side Marseille here on Wednesday.

Atletico, who made their fifth appearance in the final of European tournaments in the past nine years, were crowned in Europa League in 2010 and 2012.

Marseille goalkeeper Mandanda, 33, suffered poor communication with full back Andre Zambo Anguissa when he cleared the ball in the 21st minute.

Griezmann intercepted the ball and didn't waste the glorious chance to finish a side-foot.

Prior to Griezmann's ice-breaking goal, it was Marseille, just a three-hour drive from Lyon, that took the upper hand on their "home" pitch.

In a counter-attack four minutes into the match, Marseille skipper Dimitri Payet's clinical pass found Valere Germain, whose shot went beyond the cross-bar.

Added to their inferior position, Marseille lost Payet who was injured and had to leave the pitch in tears in the 32nd minute.

Griezmann continued his in-form play after the interval. After a clever one-two in midfield, the Frenchman was released on the right by Koke to casually lift his left-footed shot over the outgoing Mandanda in the 49th minute.

Marseille had two attempts to half their deficit with less than two minutes from time. Second-half substitute Kostas Mitroglou rose highest to head a right-wing cross from Morgan Sanson, but the ball went onto Oblak's right-hand post. That arrived before left-back Jordan Amavi's powerful shot outside the box was saved by Jan Oblak.

Captain Gabi's goal on the counter-attack in the 89th minute sealed the win for Atletico.