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Atlético Madrid Champions of Europa League

Atléti delivers trademark performance against Olympique de Marseille to clinch their third UEL After two hard defeats in the champions league finals, it was a sentimental game for Atlético Madrid to overcome those defeats. Well, Antoine Griezmann ensured Atléti lifts the European trophy this time. The french man struck twice as the los rojiblancos outclassed hapless Olympique de Marseille 3 - 0. 

Marseille dominated the opening stages but gifted Atletico the lead when Zambo Anguissa failed to control goalkeeper Steve Mandanda's pass and Gabi intercepted before setting Griezmann free to score.
Four minutes into the second half, Koke ran through the space in the Marseille midfield and slipped the ball to Griezmann who dinked the ball into the net, and captain Gabi added a late third to hand Atletico a comfortable victory. Gabi handed over the trophy to Fernando Torres - their departing hero, who had always dreamed to win a trophy with Atletico Madrid.
Timeline: 21'     Antoine G…

Diego Costa Dents Arsène Wenger's European Dream

Atlético Madrid beat Arsenal 1-0 (2-1 agg) to reach Europa league finals.
With all eyes set on Arsène Wenger's hopes of bowing out with a European trophy, were destroyed by Diego Costa - A familiar foe and a familiar story. 
Arsenal did everything but managed only one shot on target, that came off Granit Xhaka's long range effort, while Diego Costa ran chaos in the Arsenal defence. Griezmann, deep in the right flank, fizzed a diagonal cross to Costa who muscled his way to put the ball in the net. Soon it was game over as Atléti concedes rarely at home.

Earlier in the game, Laurent Koscielny was stretched off after suffering achilles injury. Chambers replaced injured Kosciely but was unable to stop Costa. During the final stoppage time Fernando Torres and Koke were toying with Arsenal defence and made sure there was no come back for the gunners.
Timeline: 12'       Koscielny injured 45+2'   Diego Costa ⚽ (Assist 👞 - Antoine Griezmann) 90+3'   Final whistle