Winner of the final of the Europa League against Marseille (0-3; 21” 49” A. Griezmann, 89” Gabi), Atlético Madrid added a new European cup to his list of hits, wearing the number of 3 Europa League in the history of the club.
Despite the first superb 20 minutes of the game from Marseille, the French team had to suffer the law of Atlético Madrid. Los Colchoneros applied their strategy by letting the ball to their opponent and playing by counter-attack to finally smother his opponent.
Marseille had yet the first opportunity of the match to score. At the 4 minutes, after a good pass of D. Payet, V. Germain could score the first goal of the game but he did not use well the pass and shot above the goal whereas he was on face-to-face with J. Oblak.
Followed 15 minutes during Marseille was dominating the game, but as the defender of Marseille A. Rami said after the game, “I know these Spanish teams well: they give the impression to be dominated, we have the impression of being above her and on one mistake we offered a small gift that put them in confidence”, Marseille failed into the trap. By a bad control of F. Zambo Anguissa on the camp of Marseille, Koke get the ball back and on one touch gave it to A. Griezmann who just had to shoot to score the first goal of the night. The gift had been done.
Destiny was not with Marseille during the game. At the 30 minutes, the player D. Payet has been injured and was incapable of continue the game. Maybe injured for the world cup, he had to be substituted by the younger M. Lopez.
Back in the field after the half-time, Atlético Madrid scored a second goal by A. Griezmann again. After a subtle pass of Koke, the French player lobbed the goalkeeper of Marseille during his race to raise the score to 0-2.
More aggressive after the second goal, players of Marseille multiplied the fault. They were still dangerous in front of the goal of J. Oblak with notably the head of K. Mitroglou at the 81 minutes which could change the end of the game. But it was written that Marseille should lost and Atlético scored a 3rd goal at the 89 minutes thanks to Gabi.
After the game and the celebration, D. Simeone expressed his pleasure of winning this Cup: “This season has been tough but this victory is more than just a trophy. It must be seen as the reward of our constancy and the work done. We insisted, persevered we lost two finals of C1, went out in the Champions League semifinal last year. We have reinvented ourselves in this competition of the Europa League. This is fundamental to moving forward.”
The coach also spoke about the French striker A. Griezmann by saying that “Griezmann has confirmed what he does year after year. He was decisive at the most important moment of the match. He always made the right choices. He must be happy to be with us. I have no
doubt. He has already played three finals with us. He won two. He is not far from being in the goals he had to win titles by coming to Atlético.”
About the Author
Louis Gilbert is a French student. His passion for sports came during his childhood by playing tennis for four years. His interest increased by watching football games with friends during the weekend and developed a passion for the French team Olympique Lyonnais.