Atletico wins Europa League final

Atletico Madrid are three-time Europa League champions after a 3-0 win over Marseille

Striker Antoine Griezmann punished sloppy Marseille with two expertly-taken goals as Atletico Madrid won the Europa League for the third time with a resounding 3-0 victory in Wednesday's final.

Marseille had no answer to Griezmann's mobility and finishing. Captain Gabi capped off the victory with a fine finish in the last minute after being set up by Koke.

"This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering," Griezmann said. "There has been joy and sadness, but I am so happy and I hope to be able to live moments like this again."

Griezmann pounced in the 21st minute, slotting coolly into the bottom left corner after being set up by midfielder Gabi's pass.

Marseille's woeful defending contributed, as midfielder Zambo Anguissa failed to control a needlessly casual pass out from goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and the loose ball bounced straight to Gabi.

Griezmann started and finished the move for his second, four minutes into the second half.

He athletically won a high ball in midfield and quickly swapped passes with Koke before gliding into the penalty area unchallenged and delicately clipping the ball over the onrushing Mandanda.

Marseille began with urgency, but the French side's hopes faded after a tearful Dimitri Payet went off injured in the 31st minute.

It appeared to be a recurrence of a thigh injury, and could put him in doubt for the World Cup, taking one of France's key weapons away ahead of their tournament opener against Australia on June 16.

"Payet's injury obviously hurt us. He's one of leaders, but we had to make do with it," Marseille defender Bouna Sarr said. "We conceded against the run of play and couldn't get back into the game."

Without Payet pulling the strings, Atletico was untroubled until striker Kostas Mitroglou's towering header struck the post in the 81st.

Marseille lost its third straight European final after coming up short in the UEFA Cup final - as the tournament was formerly known - in 1999 and 2004.

Moments after Griezmann's opener, Marseille fans were given a warning over the public address system to stop letting off flares and firecrackers or the game would be stopped.

They carried on anyway, and so did the game, with sections of the stadium cloaked in thick pyrotechnic smoke.

The comfortable lead allowed Atletico to take off Griezmann in the final moments and give veteran forward Fernando Torres a sendoff.

34-year-old Torres, who is leaving Atletico at the end of the season, finally won a trophy with his beloved club.

He had a beaming grin on his face as he walked alone towards the Atletico supporters, holding the trophy aloft with one hand.