Griezmann fires Atletico Madrid to Europa League title

Atletico players with head coach Diego Simeone far right in black celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League Final soccer match between Marseille and Atletico Madrid at the Stade de Lyon in Decines outside Lyon France Wednesday May 16

Atletico Madrid's 3-0 win over Marseille in Wednesday's Europa League final was a sore one for their opponents, but it does mean some good news for French sides ahead of next season's Champions League. I tip my hat off to Marseille, they have a lot to be proud of.

"I left home when I was 14 wanting to win titles", he said after the match. "I want to enjoy the present".

"It was a dream of mine to win a trophy with Atleti, with Simeone and with my team mates", Griezmann added.

"I chose to start Dimitri, one of our best players", he said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

"I am proud of the season Marseille have had, of their fans who on their own nearly filled the whole stadium, and of (coach) Rudi Garcia and what he has done with that team".

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. "In the second half they raised their level and the best team won".

"It's about more than a trophy", Simeone said.

Describing himself as "happy" with the outcome, Griezmann continued: "I have been working to experience such a moment for many years".

Griezmann got two chances, one either side of halftime, and made no mistake as the Madrid team took advantage of some poor defending in the first half to send the French man in one on one with the Marseille keeper and he finished calming.

Click through the gallery above to see pictures of Atletico Madrid celebrating after beating Marseille in the Europa League final.

He athletically won a high ball in midfield and quickly swapped passes with Koke before gliding into the penalty area unchallenged and clipping the ball over the onrushing Mandanda.

Rudi Garcia's team are fourth, a point behind Lyon in third place which now guarantees a spot in the Champions League group stage as a result of Atletico's Europa League triumph.

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