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Atletico Madrid to earn €27M from winning the Europa League

Atletico Madrid to earn €27M from winning the Europa League

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann struck twice as they beat hapless Olympique de Marseille 3-0 on Wednesday to win the Europa League for the third time.

The France worldwide 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.

Griezmann now has 29 goals this season, although it was Gabi's late strike that sealed the victory.

"I hope he is happy with us".

Marseille had been emphatically beaten and could only salute their fervent supporters, who outnumbered the Spanish fans in the 59,000-capacity Groupama Stadium and let off flares and firecrackers at the start and end of the match.

Torres, 34, is due to leave his boyhood club this summer - and finally won his first trophy at Atletico in his 403rd appearance. But when Anguissa's error was anticipated and pounced upon by Gabi, the locally born, boyhood Lyon fan was super cool as he tricked his France teammate Mandanda and rolled the ball nervelessly into the net.

Of the six previous occasions that a Spanish team has reached the Europa League final, only one of them has not gone on to win - however, that came in 2011/12 when Athletic Club were beaten by fellow Spanish side Atlético (0-3).

Coach Rudi Garcia could start influential midfielder Luiz Gustavo in central defence, with centre-back Rolando struggling for full fitness. They also lost Champions League finals to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016, and the gulf in experience was evident.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone could only watch from the stands having been hit with a four-game ban for being sent-off during the semi-final first leg at Arsenal but was contented to see his side win easily.

"When we won the Europe League it gave us security and helped us grow", Simeone told a news conference.

Things got worse for Marseille when Payet, their captain and most influential player who had been struggling with a hamstring problem ahead of the game, came off crying just after the half-hour.

"I've never given him anything", Simeone said to reporters in his post-match press conference, as per Marca.


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