AntoineGriezmannwastheheroforAtleticoMadridastheFrenchstrikerscoredtwiceintheir3-0winoverMarseilleinWednesdaysEuropaLeaguefinalinLyon,allowinghisclubtowinthetrophyforthethirdtimeinnineseasons。

ItisGriezmannsfirstmajortitlewithAtletico,andafittingwaytobowoutifheleavesattheseasonsend,withBarcelonatippedashisnextdestination。

Griezmann–broughtupinMacon,just70kilometresfromLyon–scoredonceineachhalf,hislethalfinishescomingtoeithersideofMarseillelosingDimitriPayettoinjury,theFrenchteamscaptaincomingoffintears。

Griezmannnowhas29goalsthisseason,althoughitwasGabislatestrikethatsealedthevictory。

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ThisisarewardformeafterIlefthomeaged14,foralltheworkIhaveputin,thesuffering,saidGriezmann,whohasspenthiswholecareerinSpainbuthadonlypreviouslywononeSpanishSuperCup。

AtleticostriumphcomesafteragonisingdefeatstoRealMadridintheChampionsLeaguefinalsof2014and2016。

TheyhadpreviouslywontheEuropaLeaguein2010andagainin2012,thelattercomingjustsixmonthsafterDiegoSimeonesappointmentascoach。

Simeone,whohadtowatchfromthestandsduetoatouchlineban,calledthevictoryarewardforhissideshardworkandevenexpressedhopethatGriezmanncouldbeconvincedtostay。

ThiswasjustconfirmationofwhatGriezmannhasbeendoingyearafteryear,saidtheArgentine。

Ihopeheishappywithus。

Ihavenodoubtthattherearecertainthingsthatcouldmakeitmorelikelythathestays。

Hehasplayedthreefinalswithus,haswontwo,andsothatshowsthatheisnotfarawayfromhisobjectiveofregularlyplayingfinals。

Wearenotfarawayinsportingtermsfromteamswhoaremorepowerfulthanus。

MarseillehadbeendesperatetowinthesecondEuropeantrophyintheirhistory,onFrenchsoil,25yearsafterbeatingACMilanintheinauguralChampionsLeaguefinal。

Butitwasaflatnightfortheirhugesupport,whothreatenedtoruintheoccasionbylightingflaresandsettingofffirecrackersatoneendofthestadium,withsomeevenbeingthrownontothepitchtowardstheend。

Thegamecarriedonregardless,withRudiGarciassidewellbeaten。

Weletourchancegointhefirsthalf。

Firstly,wehadthebestchancetogoahead,andsecondlyanerrorfromusmeantwefellbehind,saidGarcia。

Thescorelineisharshbutthebetterteamwon。

AtleticowerethefavouritesagainstaMarseillesidewhosecontinentalcampaignhadbeguninthethirdqualifyingroundlastJuly。

JustbeinginthisfinalwasanachievementforGarciasteam,buttheywilllookbackontheeveningwithregrets。

Theyhadstartedwellandhadagreatchancetoopenthescoringinsidefourminutes,ValereGermainshootingoverafterbeingslippedinbyPayet。

ItwasthekindofchancethatdoesnotcomeupoftenagainstanAtleticosidewhowentontokeeptheir34thcleansheetthisseason。

Marseillewerethenpunishedforsloppyplayastheyfellbehindinthe21stminute。

GoalkeeperSteveMandandaoptedtopasstoAndre-FrankZamboAnguissa,deepinmidfield,ratherthanclearlong。

TheCamerooniansattemptatatouchwasawful,andGabipouncedonthelooseball,sendingGriezmannthroughtofinish。

ThingsgotworseforMarseillewhenPayet,theircaptainandmostinfluentialplayerwhohadbeenstrugglingwithahamstringproblemaheadofthegame,cameoffcryingjustafterthehalf-hour。

OMthenconcededagainjustfourminutesaftertherestart。

Itwasagloriousgoal,GriezmannfindingKokeandthenlatchingontothereturnballbeforeliftingadeftfinishoverMandandaandin。