The UEFA Europa League. The final
Marseille (France) — “Atletico” (Madrid, Spain) — 0:3
Marseille: Mandanda, Sarre, Rami, Gustavo, Amavi, Sanson, Zambo-Arissa, Thauvin, Payet (Maxime Lopez, 32), As Monaco (N GIEZ, 55), Germain (Mitroglou, 74).
Atlético: Cloud, Vrsaljko (Juanfran, 46), Giménez, Godín, Lucas, Saul, Gaby Correa (Party, 88), Koke, Griezmann (Torres 90), Diego Costa.
Goals: Griezmann (21, 49), Gabi (89).
Before coming to Lyon, Marseille and atlético France has not hosted the finals of the Europa League (UEFA Cup) for 20 years. And if real Madrid and Liverpool to get to Kiev for a crucial Champions League game, will have to work together to overcome the air for more than five thousand kilometers, then for Madrid and Marseilles road, to the Town of weavers was not tedious: from Madrid — 900 km and Marseille — and at only 300.
It just so happened that the French clubs had never won either the Europa League or the UEFA Cup. Marseille, losing in the finals of 1999 and 2004, received another chance to become the first. Another thing atlético: two finals, two triumph (2010 and 2012).
I note that the decisive duel, the opponents came almost without personnel problems. It if to speak about players. After all “Atletiko” one hole was a big one. Because of the disqualification from UEFA the actions of the players “Atletico” in the finale could not lead the team’s head coach Diego Simeone (first time in the history of the European Cup!). Argentinian in the day of the game was not allowed even in a strike team to go in.
However, the bookmakers in their forecasts was still on the side of atlético: betting on the success of real Madrid was taken at odds of 1.80, for a draw in normal time of 3.65, winning the French — 5,10.
While the Madrid club have preferred not to remember that it was in Lyon in may 1986, in the final match of Cup winners ‘ Cup they were beaten Dynamo — 3:0. Say, the old Gerland stadium was demolished, and the team writes a new story.
The Duo of French DJs Ofenbach, known for hit singles to Be Mine and Katchi, warmed up the crowd before the final. And on the 56 th “Stade de Lyon” rivals brought 45-year-old owner of a supermarket from the Dutch Oldenzaal Bjorn Kuipers, behind which already had two European Cup finals (in 2013, he refereed in the UEFA Europa League match “Benfica” — “Chelsea” and in 2014 — the Champions League meeting “real” — “Atletico”).
To the surprise of many experts, “Marseille” from the first minute to completely take the situation under control and could take the lead. Suffice it to recall that on 4-th minute the forward of owners of nominal Germain missed the one-on-one with the goalkeeper of Spaniards Cloud.
And what favorites from Atletico Madrid? And anything: they just used his first chance in the realm of “Marcel”. After the uncoordinated actions of the goalkeeper Mandanda and midfielder Zambo-Arissa the best scorer of Atletico Antoine Griezmann brilliantly realized his chance — 0:1 (ironically, the striker was born in the town of Macon is 61 km from Lyon, but he never played for professional clubs in his native France).
Misfortune never comes alone. On 32 minutes, with tears in his eyes, was forced to request a replacement due to injury the captain and the leader of the “Marseille” Gustavo Payet (the best assistant Europa League!), place on the field which took the 20-year-old talent Maxime Lopez.
On there opponents and finished the first half, causing a 45-minute shot of each other already… one shot.
Less than five minutes of the second half as Griezmann to score his sixth goal in eight games of the tournament, doubled the advantage of “plans” — 0:2 (there is a version according to which the red-and-white stripes in the form of “atlético” appeared after one of the leaders of the club in 1911, went to England for a new set of blue and white form, “Blackburn”, however, did not find her and returned home with red-white shirts “Southampton”. In the end, atlético have adopted Mikey “saints” blue shorts “Blackburn”).
In the remaining before the final whistle the French so never and not upset the fans of atlético (though in the 81st minute after a header from Mitroglou the team was only saved by the bar). Moreover, they who in the stands was supported by the king of Spain, Philip VI, in the 89th minute brought the score to devastating — 0:3. It is symbolic that the winning point has put 34-year-old captain of the “plans” Gabi.
Club atlético de Madrid, the most expensive part among all participants of the tournament (636 million euros) for the third time in history won the League, Europe, UEFA received from the heaviest trophy in Europe (the silver chalice weighs 15 kg!). In addition, they rely a direct ticket to the Champions League group and 6.5 million euros in prize money for success in the final (Marseilles saplanet 3.5 million). Now all the attention of football Europe to Kiev, where on may 26 in the decisive duel will battle “real” — “Liverpool”.
Video of the match see here
— Very happy— said after the final whistle the man of the match Antoine Griezmannrecognized UEFA best player of the game. — I worked for many years to relive that moment. To do this, at the age of 14 left home. Let’s celebrate this victory. My family is now here in Lyon. As for the opponents, then hats off to “Marcel”. This is a great team.
I note that the head coach “Atletico” Diego Simeone came in first place in the list of the most renowned mentors of the club. Victory in the Europa League brought in a moneybox of the 48-year-old specialist is the sixth trophy for his work with real Madrid: he had previously won the Spanish League, Cup and super Cup, UEFA super Cup and one LE. Thus, the Argentinian caught up with the hitherto sole literalism by Aragones.
By the way, Spanish clubs have won eight of the last nine finals of the Europa League and Champions League. The only time the Cup went not to the team from the Iberian Peninsula happened last season. Then the winner of the LE was “Manchester United”.
In all, over the past five years, Sevilla have won three Europa League, real Madrid many times and the Champions League, and Atletico Madrid and Catalan “Barcelona” — once LE and Champions League respectively.
I will add that finished best scorer of the tournament was the… 37-year-old forward of “Athletics” ARIS Aduriz (athletic), who scored 11 goals (Dynamo Kiev Junior Moraes has scored in the Europa League seven punches). .