Thomas Partey's Atletico Madrid Thrash Marseille To Win Europa League

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Los Colchoneros progressed to the round of 16 as runners-up to Liverpool, while Marseille finished third in the group and were consequently placed in the Europa League's round of 32.

"Atletico are a great defensive team and in this kind of match, you need your best players in top shape", Garcia said.

Marseille were struggling to create the chances required to reduce the arrears as Madrid started to kill the game in a manner they are renowned for, although substitute Kostas Mitroglou hit the post with a header. "Now we have a fantastic chance to become the first to win the Europa League".

Wednesday's final will be just the third time the two sides have faced one another.

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A quarter of a century ago, Marseille were one of the best sides in continental football and, having lost the European Cup final on penalties to Red Star Belgrade in 1991, they won the rebranded Champions League as Basile Boli's goal earned a 1-0 win over Milan.

Since the start of the 2013-14 campaign, Spanish clubs have won seven of the possible eight Champions League and Europa League trophies combined, with Manchester United's win in this competition last season being the only exception. Griezmann's future has dominated the build-up to this week's showpiece match in Lyon, with the striker widely expected to join Barcelona in the summer.

Marseille's woeful defending contributed, as midfielder Zambo Anguissa failed to control a needlessly casual pass out from goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and the loose ball bounced straight to Gabi.

No French team has ever won this prestigious cup and the second-placed LaLiga side will do everything in their power to make sure the status quo remains.

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UEFA gave Simeone the ban for his conduct with an official during the first leg of Atletico's Europa League semi-final matchup with Arsenal.

That brings Griezmann to 29 goals and 15 assists for 2017-18, and you can see why even teammate Filipe Luis considers his €100m release clause a steal. "That first trophy was the key to everything that came later".

The European slate for the season wraps up on May 26 with the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev, Ukraine.

Moments after Griezmann's opener, Marseille fans were given a warning over the public address system to stop letting off flares and firecrackers or the game would be stopped.

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The French side should have been ahead inside the opening four minutes with Payet feeding Valere Germain, who could only fire wide when through on goal.

Payet suffered an injury to his right hamstring.

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