Antoine Griezmann scores brace, earns 10/10 in potential Atletico send-off
Atletico Madrid secured Europa League glory as they swatted aside Marseille 3-0 in Lyon on Wednesday night.
Antoine Griezmann hit a classy double while Gabi put the icing on the cake late on, however it was not all plain sailing as the French side put Los Rojiblancos under pressure from the off.
After weathering the storm, Griezmann opened the scoring before adding a second after the break in a stunning individual display. While they may have wanted to win the Champions League, the Europa is not a bad second.
A trophy in the cabinet, a clean sheet and a memorable night for the fans. Plus Fernando Torres has finally won a major trophy with his boyhood club! Hoorah!
How can you pick any holes on such a night?
Manager rating out of 10
8 -- The suspended Diego Simeone would have suffered in the stands but he got his team selection spot on.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Jan Oblak, 6 -- Could not have dreamed he would have had such an easy night. Will have done well not to catch a cold, mind
DF Sime Vrsaljko, 5 -- Struggled. Marseille targeted him and he was booked early on as he struggled against Lucas Ocampos. Hooked at the break.
DF Diego Godin, 8 -- The leader at the back. Did everything that was required of him both in the air and on the ground. Went close at the other end, too.
DF Jose Maria Gimenez, 7 -- See above. Won all his individual battles and helped keep the fluid Marseille attack at bay. A good night at the office.
DF Lucas Hernandez, 7 -- Does such a convincing impression of a natural full-back. Atleti mainly attacked down the other flank, meaning he was free to concentrate on his defensive duties.
MF Angel Correa, 6 -- Not quite his day going forward but he put in a mammoth shift as he worked tirelessly for the team down the right-hand side defensively. Always offered help to his full-back.
MF Gabi, 8 -- Chastised himself for some misplaced balls in the first period, but made no mistake as he fed Griezmann for the opener before smashing in the third to put the cherry on the cake. Captain's goal
MF Saul Niguez 8 -- A tireless performance. He covered every blade of grass and was great in the build-up for second. Looked as if he was about to collapse at the end.
MF Koke, 8 -- Another who was a bit off colour in the first 45, but came alive after the break. It was his brilliant pass to play in Griezmann for his second that helped seal glory, while he later teed up Gabi, too.
FW Diego Costa, 7 -- Enjoyed a running battle with Adil Rami that he largely came out second best in. Having said that, it was his terrific decoy run that created the space for Griezmann to fire in the second.
FW Antoine Griezmann, 10 -- Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Showed brilliant composure for both his goals, sending Steve Mandanda the wrong way for the first before producing a sublime little dink for the second. Best player on the park by a long, long way. If that is his goodbye to the club, then what a way to sign off.
DF Juanfran , 7 -- Looked far more solid than the man he replaced Vrsaljko. Gave the side another dimension after the break.
MF Thomas, NR -- Replaced the tiring Correa late on to help see out the win.
FW Fernando Torres, NR -- Given a run out to the delight of the Atleti faithful. Lifted the trophy alongside Gabi in a classy touch from the skipper.
Joseph Walker covers Atletico Madrid for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @Joe_in_espana.