Antoine Griezmann’s two-goal salvo fired Atletico Madrid to Europa League glory against Marseille in Lyon.
The Frenchman secured the trophy for his side with a strike either side of half-time on what was a comfortable evening for Diego Simeone’s men as Gabi added a late third.
Griezmann’s first came after an error from Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa saw the ball fall to the feet of Gabi whose pinpoint through ball was fired past Steve Mandanda.
His second was a clinically taken dinked finish over the keeper after Koke slid his striker through to double his tally.
Former Fulham striker Konstantinos Mitroglou had the best chance for Marseille, hitting the post after emerging from the bench in the last 10 minutes, before skipper Gabi put the icing on the cake for Atletico.
Here are six talking points from the match…
1. Griezmann’s parting gift?
While Barcelona were recovering from a slightly bizarre not-quite-post-season friendly in South Africa just a couple of hours earlier, Antoine Griezmann was showing why the Catalan giants are so keen on acquiring his services this summer.
When Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa horribly gave the ball away to Gabi from Steve Mandanda’s pass and Griezmann was slipped through on goal in the first half, there was never any doubt of the outcome.
He waited for Mandanda to go down before sliding the ball into the net to open the scoring.
His second was similarly clinical, latching on to Koke’s through ball to hold off the defender and dink delightfully to double his tally.
The Frenchman was the difference on the night and it’s easy to see why Barca want him leading their line.
He would leave an immeasurable hole at the Wanda Metropolitano.
2. Payet reduced to tears
Even the staunchest West Ham fan with the most stubborn of grudges would have struggled not to feel a little sorry for Dimitri Payet in the first half.
The former Hammers midfielder was forced off through injury before the break and was visibly distressed as he limped to the sidelines.
As the tears flowed down his face, he took his place on the bench to be consoled by teammates.
Payet left the East End in acrimonious circumstances after effectively forcing the club to sell him to the Ligue 1 side, where he has gone from strength to strength.
He was Marseille’s brightest spark in the early stages here, and with his substitution went their chances of glory.