Torres fulfils childhood dream in Europa League final


Fresh after scoring a brace in Atletico Madrid's 3-0 win over Marseille in the UEFA Europa League final, forward Antoine Griezmann did not want to touch too much on the rumours linking him with Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

Atletico is looking to win the Europa League for the third time in nine seasons, after triumphing in 2010 and again in 2012, shortly after "Cholo" Simeone was appointed coach.

But, with Marseille's hopes of a direct route straight into the Champions League group stage only thwarted until the weekend, Garcia could feel very differently if the final round of Ligue 1 matches do not go in Marseille's favour.

Marseille was going for a second European trophy, 25 years after winning the Champions League, but ultimately had no answer to Griezmann's mobility and finishing.

"I think now is not the moment to talk about my future", said Griezmann, quoted by Sky Sports News. "I owe a lot to Simeone and my team-mates".

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"It was a dream of mine to win a trophy with Atleti, with Simeone and with my team mates", Griezmann added. "We have shown we are one of the best teams in Europe".

Marseille lost every ounce of their creativity when Dimitri Payet was forced off in tears with an injury 30 minutes and they were well beaten.

He celebrated both goals with an energetic celebratory dance from popular video game Fortnite, although he couldn't do it as well the second time around as he was quickly mobbed by teammates.

Things got worse for Marseille when Payet, their captain and most influential player who had been struggling with a hamstring problem ahead of the game, came off crying just after the half-hour. The 34-year-old Torres is leaving at the end of the season, and raised the trophy aloft with his right hand in front of adoring fans who nicknamed him "The Kid" when he started his career in 2000.

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