Spain's Atletico Madrid rout Marseille in Europa League final

Diego Simeone during training ahead of the Europa League final on Thursday

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Atletico Madrid lifted the 2018 UEFA Europa League trophy after beating Marseille 3-0 in Lyon on Wednesday night.

However, Gabi scored the third goal as Atleti defeated Marseille 3-0 in Lyon to clinch the trophy on Wednesday, and the veteran midfielder proved far more humble.

The result earned Simeone his sixth trophy as Atleti coach and his second Europa League crown.

The France global 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.

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Atletico's build-up to this match has been overshadowed to some extent by constant speculation about his future, with the France striker being tipped to join Barcelona after the World Cup.

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

Gil Marin, however, added: "If he decides that he does not want to continue with us, we have to respect his decision".

"I feel sad that I won't be as close as I'd like to the players but we had this situation before, when German took charge against Arsenal", he said.

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The only side to overcome them in knockout European football since 2013 are arch-rivals Real Madrid, who beat them in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals and knocked them out of the same competition in 2015 and 2017.

But their performance both domestically and on the continent, having missed out on second place in Ligue 1 by only three points, and reaching the final two of the Europa League, has marked a positive season for Rudi Garcia and his side.

Despite carrying a thigh injury, Payet appeared to be sharp and played a great through ball for Valere Germain in the third minute - but the striker lofted it over.

"I've been working to experience such a moment for many years", Griezmann said after the match. They've maybe not been together as long as we have but they're just as enthusiastic and work hard.

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But before we all go ahead and start saying how Griezmann is hilariously original with doing these celebrations, the first group I remember seeing do this is the UMBC basketball team.

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