A final goal by Atleti skipper Gabi in the 89th minute sealed the victory for the Madrid side, who lifted the trophy for departing club legend Fernando Torres, who made a cameo appearance as a 90th minute substitute.
"I left home when I was 14 wanting to win titles", he said after the match.
Not only did Payet's side go on to lose 3-0 in the final, the France star limped off with a leg injury in the first half that puts his World Cup hopes in serious doubt. "The Champions League is one thing and the Europa League another", said Simeone, who will serve a touchline ban on Wednesday after being sent to the stands against Arsenal in the semi-finals.
Marseille was going for a second European trophy, 25 years after winning the Champions League, but had no answer to Griezmann's mobility and finishing. "There has been joy and sadness, but I am so happy and I hope to be able to live moments like this again". I love him. If he stays, great.
"He has played three finals with us, has won two, and so that shows that he is not far away from his objective of regularly playing finals".
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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. Rudi Garcia's team had two-thirds of the possession in the first 45 minutes, but Atletico scored their only real chance. Spanish teams have won 12 of the last 18 European finals.
Atletico were the favourites against a Marseille side whose continental campaign had begun in the third qualifying round last July. [Marseille] are an offensive team, they work very well.
Skipper Dimitri Payet's clinical pass on a counter-attack found Valere Germain, whose shot went beyond the cross-bar.
There were also praises for Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone who has now managed the Spanish side to 200 clean sheets in 377 games.
The miss was followed by a costly miscontrol by Andre Zambo Anguissa which gifted Griezmann his first of the night on 21 minutes. The Cameroonian's attempt at a touch was terrible, and Gabi pounced on the loose ball, sending Griezmann through to finish. Koke played Griezmann through on goal, and the striker did the rest by producing a neat chip over the onrushing keeper Steve Mandanda.