Marseille Started The Europa League Final By Taking The Worst Kick-Off Ever

Atletico Madrid’s players celebrate with the trophy after the UEFA Europa League final between Olympique de Marseille and Atletico Madrid at the Parc OL stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon

Atletico Madrid’s players celebrate with the trophy after the UEFA Europa League final between Olympique de Marseille and Atletico Madrid at the Parc OL stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon

Atletico is looking to win the Europa League for the third time in nine seasons, after triumphing in 2010 and again in 2012, shortly after "Cholo" Simeone was appointed coach.

Marseille was going for a second European trophy, 25 years after winning the Champions League, but ultimately had no answer to Griezmann's mobility and finishing.

The France forward was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer, and while the move never materialised, his links to United have refused to go away.

Marseille did not create enough to break down one of Europe's toughest defences and their chances of causing an upset took a blow with Dimitri Payet limping off injured in the first half. "I want to enjoy the present".

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"Let's hope today's performance convinces him to stay there". "I've improved myself a lot, I've learned many things and I've acquired a good deal of experience".

With Liverpool fans hoping for any possible advantage over Madrid ahead of their showdown on May 26, fans are praying none of Jurgen Klopp's players "jinx" the side as Payet appeared to.

"We missed our chance. But above all, I'd like to remind everyone of our team's incredible journey during the tournament", said former Los Angeles Dodgers owner McCourt, who purchased Marseille in October 2016.

"This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering", said Griezmann, who has spent his whole career in Spain but had only previously won one Spanish Super Cup.

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"The scoreline is harsh but the better team won".

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 delicately clipping the ball over the onrushing Mandanda.

Marseille wasted some opportunities to get back in the game, with Atletico controlling the pace.

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