Payet limps off injured during Europa League final

Payet limps off injured during Europa League final

The Ligue 1 outfit had started brightly but had their momentum checked by Griezmann's opener, and an injury to captain Dimitri Payet before the break came as a further blow to their hopes.

"We had the best chance first up and then we made a mistake that cost us a goal".

If this is to be Griezmann's final big game for Atletico, then the France worldwide delivered in a huge way - making a case that he could well be the world's third-best individual player.

"Against a team like Atletico you can not afford to fall behind".

And after the post denied Mitroglou when he got on the end of Morgan Sanson's cross, any faint Marseille hopes looked to be over. "He's given us a lot, he gave us a leap in quality as a team".

The Rojiblanco side's build-up to the game was dominated by talk over Griezmann's future, with a €100 million summer move to Barcelona reportedly lined up. I had lost finals, I left home at 14 to win titles and today I had the chance to win a trophy. We'll celebrate. My family is here.

"I don't know how to describe the finish (for the second goal) - perhaps cold-blooded".

However, a defensive error would undo everything before Griezmann and Gabi put the game beyond doubt and added another bit of silverware to Atletico's cabinet.

"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". We didn't start the Champions League very well (this time) but reinvented ourselves in this competition. "We did so again tonight".

However, perhaps as a nod to the inevitable, Simeone thanked Griezmann for his service.

"Antoine - if he stays we'll continue to grow and develop", the Argentinian said.

Madrid's win in Lyon brings the tally of European trophies won by Spanish sides to eight of the past nine - Manchester United's triumph in the 2017 edition of this tournament is the only exception.

Payet had made a strong bid for a recall to the global stage with an impressive run of form, which included inspiring Marseille to the Europa League final, but his injury may have ended his chances of playing in the tournament.

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