Injured Dimitri Payet's tearful exit from Europa League final


Antoine Griezmann scored a clinical brace as Atletico Madrid won the Europa League for the third time in its nine-year history with a ruthless 3-0 victory over Marseille. 33-year-old goalkeeper Mandanda suffered poor communication with fullback Andre Zambo Anguissa when he cleared the ball in the 21st minute.

Valere Germain was played through on goal very early, but missed his chance to give Marseille the lead. Rudi Garcia's team had two-thirds of the possession in the first 45 minutes, but Atletico scored their only real chance. -Having dropped into this competition following a surprise group-stage exit from the Champions League, Atletico are favourites, but Marseille are motivated by the prospect of playing on home soil. However, they quickly refocused their campaign around this relatively achievable target.

A few projectiles were thrown on police as fans of Olympique de Marseille were leaving the Lyon stadium after their 3-0 loss to Athletico Madrid in the UEFA Europa league final this morning.

The Rojiblanco side's build-up to the game was dominated by talk over Griezmann's future, with a €100 million summer move to Barcelona reportedly lined up.

Griezmann returned to France to play the final against his boyhood club and did so with a bang, scoring either side of half time to put the game beyond the reach of Marseille.

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

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Only one of Atlético Madrid's last 29 games in the Europa League have finished level (1-1 v Arsenal in the semi-final first leg), winning 23 and losing five games in this run.

They are yet to lift the Europa League trophy, but did emerge victorious in the 1992/93 Champions League.

It looked like they might just catch the Spanish side off guard and they nearly did but Payet's defence-splitting through ball couldn't be finished off by Valere Germain. Marseille's hopes of staging a comeback against a famously resolute defence were dealt a further blow within minutes when Dimitri Payet, the former West Ham star, had to leave the field through what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Conceding a second so soon after half-time realistically meant all was over bar the singing, which continued right until the end.

"I've been lucky to win a lot but when you have dreamt about something since you were a child it's different".

Several of Marseille's players were in tears after the final whistle, undone by a player who was turned down by several French clubs when he was a youth because of his diminutive stature.