Antoine Griezmann secures 'dream' Europa League triumph with Atletico Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann was Olympique de Marseille's executioner-in-chief as the France global striker scored twice in a 3-0 win as Atletico de Madrid won the UEFA Europa League final.

Griezmann - brought up in Macon, just 70 kilometres from Lyon - scored once in each half, his lethal finishes coming either side of Marseille losing Dimitri Payet to injury, the French team's captain coming off in tears.

The final scoreline mirrored Atletico's last Europa League final win over Athletic Bilbao in 2012 and cemented their status as one of the most consistent teams on the continent since Simeone transformed their fortunes.

"Marseille are an attacking team". Those who won the Champions League in 1993 are still heroes because nobody else has done it since.

But their experiences of Wednesday evening's (Thursday morning AEST) UEFA Europa League final at a cacophonous Groupama Stadium could hardly have been more contrasting.

The first chance of the game fell to Marseille, instigated by Payet just inside Atleti's half; he played the ball wide to Florian Thauvin, his partner in crime, before getting it back and finding Valere Germain with a superb through ball.

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He narrowly missed out on a dream triumph in the 2016 Champions League final against Real Madrid as his side were beaten on penalties by their bitter city rivals.

"Many years, many finals, more won and lost and that is great".

Coach Diego Simeone watched on from the stands having been hit with a four-game ban for being sent off during the semi-final first-leg at Arsenal but still saw his side ease to victory.

"Antoine - if he stays we'll continue to grow and develop", the Argentinian said.

After the final in Lyon, Marseille will go into their final Ligue 1 match of the season against Amiens with a chance of snatching third spot if results go in their favour. Griezmann went on to add a second goal shortly after half-time with Gabi completing the scoring as the game entered stoppage time.

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