UEFA Europa League Final: Atletico Madrid Wins; 3rd Time

The final was played between Atletico Madrid and Olympique de Marseille at Parc Olympique Lyonnais with a total attendance of 55,768.

Atletico Madrid won the title by 3-0 as Antoine Griezmann scored 2 stunners followed by Gabi who scored at the dying moments of the match as Atletico won their 3rd Europa League title.

What is UEFA Europa League?

From 1971, UEFA has organized UEFA Europa League as an annual football tournament including all football clubs of Europe.

A total of 48 teams take part in this league and each team is judged by their performance in their respective cup tournaments and national leagues.

Sevilla has won this title a total of 5 times; which is the most by any team.

Atletico Madrid’s Journey To The Final:

Atletico Madrid defeated Sporting on their home by 2 goals scored by Koke and Griezmann. A great victory it was by the Spanish club but they lost the away match by 1 goal. However, they won the 2nd leg as the final aggregate was 2-1.

After that, Atletico faced Arsenal in the semi-final. The first away match was tied between the two teams with a total score of 1-1.

But in the second match Atletico used their home ground advantage well as Diego Costa scored just before halftime to win the match for his team.

And, finally they reached the final of this league with the intent of bringing the 3rd Uefa Europa League trophy for their club.

Marseille’s Journey To The Final:

Marseille faced RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals on their away match and lost to Leipzig by 1-0.

But in the home match Marseille stunned the crowd by scoring 5 goals and winning the match by 5-3 on aggregate.

With this win Marseille confirmed their place in the semi-final match. With this victory Marseille confirmed their place in the semi-final where they  had to face Red Bull.

But, the Bulls didn’t manage to stop the French team as Marseille won the 1st leg by 2-0 but lost the away match by 2-1. However, it was the total aggregate that mattered as they won the semi-final by a total aggregate of 2-3.

This was Marseille’s chance  to win the title as they had been 2 times runner-ups in the Uefa Europa League but this time they wanted to turn things around and win the final match.

Match Highlights:

  • Final: Olympique de Marseille vs Atletico Madrid
  • Result: 0-3
  • Goal Scorers:
           – Atletico Madrid: Antoine Griezmann 21’, 49’, Gabi 89’.

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  • Finally, the match kicked-off at the referee’s whistle and the hunt for Europa trophy started.

  • Both the teams looked  in dazzling form but it was Atletico Madrid who won the match with a 3-0 win over Marseille.

  • In the 1st Half, Antoine Griezmann took the lead on the 21st minute as he broke through Marseille’s defence and netted the ball in the bottom left of the goal post.

  • It was more of a result of poor defending as compared to superb attacking as Atletico Madrid took the lead in the match.

  • Marseille tried to score in the 1st half but unfortunately they were unable to score a tiebreaker as the 1st half came to an end.

  • The 2nd half started and after just 4 mins, Griezmann scored an absolute beauty as he took the lead to 2-0.

  • Marseille needed to score and they tried their best to break Atletico’s defence but were unable to do so as Atletico were dominating in every department.

  • The match was coming to an end and Marseille needed a goal to save face but instead Atletico Madrid’s midfielder scored an amazing goal at the 89th minute and sealed the trophy for his team.

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