Thomas Partey lifts career first trophy after Atletico Madrid's Europa League triumph

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Griezmann, who may well have put in his last performance in the red and white of Atletico after being heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer, paid tribute to Marseille after the match.

Marseille and Payet had started brightly, with the captain and Florian Thauvin to the fore as they pressured Atletico in the early going. He will spearhead the attack alongside Diego Costa.

"We have been speaking about him all year".

"The truth is this was a dream for me, to win a trophy with Atletico, with [Diego Simeone] and my friends and teammates".

"I'm hoping they can do something good in the final as I am and always have been a supporter", Zidane explained in an interview with UEFA. They also lost Champions League finals to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016, and the gulf in experience was evident.

"This season was a tough one, but this Europa League represents more than the Europa League trophy - it shows the value of hard work and persistence, or keeping at it and working hard".

Marseille, contrastingly, have not been in the last two of a European tournament for more than a decade, but with their impressive run to Lyon Simeone is loathe to pay too much attention to history. In truth the semi-finals against Arsenal provided a bigger challenge for Simeone's side, who did not even need to be at their very best here.

- Will home advantage count?

And we can add the €16.3 million from the group stages of the Champions League, making it a cool €26.6m earned from Europe for Atletico this season.

Atletico will face French club Marseille in the final to be held at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, with kick-off set for 20:45 SA time.

And Griezmann effectively killed off the match with another classy strike at the start of the second half, dinking the ball into the back of the net over goalkeeper Steve Mandanda after Koke had sprung him in the Marseille area.

Antoine Griezmann struck twice as Atletico Madrid powered past Marseilles to lift their third Europa League title in nine years.

After the game, Super Eagles great Mutiu Adepoju was one of Twitter users of the opinion that La Liga is the best league in the world. "I want to enjoy this with the fans".

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