Marseilles are chasing history – to become the first French team to win the Europa League but their current form is not too good even though Atletico Madrid have struggled on forays away from the Metropolitano, which could mean a final won by the odd goal.
Atletico are defensively steely and don’t concede very often, while Marseille have Dmitri Payet, who has created seven goals in this season’s tournament. Atletico also have a Frenchman as their own talismanic figure in Antoine Griezmann, who can score and also create.
Rudi Garcia has said he is glad that the final is one-legged while describing Diego Simeone’s as one full of character. For the absent Simeone, because of a UEFA touchline ban, “the Europa League is the Europa League and the Champions League is the Champions League and winning a trophy is winning a trophy.”
Both teams need this trophy but who desires it the most?
Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for Live Updates from the Groupama Stadium in Lyon…Kick off is 7:45 pm.
We are set for action now…
STARTING XI: Oblak; Lucas, Godin, Gimenez, Vrsaljko; Gabi, Saul, Koke, Correa; Costa, Griezmann
SUBS: Gameiro, Luis, Savic, Thomas, Torres, Juanfran, Werner
STARTING XI: Mandanda; Sarr, Rami, Luiz Gustavo, Amavi; Anguissa, Sanson; Thauvin, Payet, Ocampos; Germain
SUBS: Kamara, Lopez, Mitroglu, Njie, Pele, Rolando, Sakai
We are underway in Lyon and it is Marseille that tajes the kickoff
Marseille with the first throw-in in the opponent’s half of the field
Chance for Marseille… Valere Germain fluffs a wonderful chance to score!!!
Free kick for Atletico Madrid as Andre Anguissa trips Angel Correa
Though Marseille are dominating the early exchanges, Atleti have more experience at this late stage in UEFA competitions, as they have twice won the Europa and have also competed in two of the last four Champions League finals.
Shot! Payet with a tame effort from outside the box … absolutely no hassles for Oblak
GOAL………. Atletico with the lead
A defensive blunder. and Antoine Griezmann scores!
This the 28th goal of the season for Griezmann. His fifth in the Europa League
FIRST YELLOW CARD: Sime Vrsaljko booked for a rash challenge
Marseille have had 60% of possession compared to the Atletico’s 40%
Injury blow as Marseille captain Dimitri Payet leaves the pitch
Maxime Lopez comes in to replace Payet
Atletico Madrid awarded a contestable free kick…
Taken…but Diego Godin from Atletico Madrid is ruled offside
Another YELLOW CARD: Marseille’s Jordan Amavi booked for a dangerous challenge on Sime Vrsaljkot
So far Marseille have made six attempts compared to Atletico’s four but the La Liga team presently have a 1-0 lead
One minute added time
Half Time: Marseille 0-1 Atletico Madrid
SECOND HALF begins… Atletico Madrid gets us underway
SUB: Atletico made a straight swap at right-back – Juanfran on for Vrsaljko.
GOALLL!!!! Atletico score again
Antoine Griezmann with his second goal tonight
Griezmann has scored his 8th goal in the Champions League/ Europa League this season, his most in a season in European competition, beating the 7 he scored for Atleti in 2015-16
SUB: Lucas Ocampos leaves the field and replaced by Clinton Njie
A shot by Marseille’s Clinton Njie is blocked
Valere Germain is off for Konstantinos Mitroglou in a tactical substitution.
Marseille increasingly finding it difficult to keep hold of the ball, which has been the case for a good hour or so no. Atletico firmly holding on the their lead.
CLOSE!!! Konstantinos Mitroglou wastes a huge chance as his header hits the post!
Atlético Madrid have won each of their last 15 Europa League games in which they have led at half-time… looking like they would do same tonight
POOR side kick by Clinton Njie as Marseille blow away another glorious chance
GOAL….. Gabi makes it 3-0
Two minutes added time and Fernando Torres comes in to replace Griezzman