Atletico ruin Mitroglou’s big night in Lyon
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - FINAL
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Marseille’ Greek international striker Kostas Mitroglou’s big night in Lyon ended in disappointment on Wednesday as the French club were soundly beaten 3-0 by Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Europa League final.
The 31-year-old former Olympiacos striker, who passed a late fitness test to be included in Rudi Garcia’s squad, was bidding to become the first Greek to win a European title at the club level, but a brace from the excellent Antoine Greizmann and a late goal from skipper Gabi saw Diego Simeone’s dominant Atletico side lift the trophy.
Despite starting on the bench due to his recent injury troubles, Mitroglou came on in the 74th minute and was inches away from scoring a historic goal with nine minutes left.
The “Pistolero”, as he is nicknamed in Greece, rose highest to meet a right-wing cross and glanced a header onto Jan Oblak's right-hand post. The keeper was beaten but somehow, the ball stayed out, bouncing to safety.
There was to be no way back for Marseille, as Gabi drilled in a late goal to complete the scoring in emphatic style, putting the seal on Atleti’s third Europa League success.
Things may have been different had Marseille captain and talisman Dimitry Payet not hobbled off with an injury after 32 minutes. The French international forward had set up a glorious early chance for Valere Germain, and once he was gone, there was a severe lack of coherency and creativity from OM.