Sport It all ends in tears for Payet and Marseille as European dream is crushed

11:15  17 may  2018
11:15  17 may  2018 Source:   goal.com

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It took 10 months and 19 matches, but Marseille’s Europa League dream died at the final hurdle on Wednesday, as they were well beaten 3-0 by Atletico Madrid in Lyon.

Playing Diego Simeone’s side is always a little like walking a tightrope, the slightest slip can result in disaster.

Soccer Football - Europa League Final - Olympique de Marseille vs Atletico Madrid - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - May 16, 2018   Marseille's Konstantinos Mitroglou looks dejected after the match    REUTERS/John Sibley © Reuters Soccer Football - Europa League Final - Olympique de Marseille vs Atletico Madrid - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - May 16, 2018 Marseille's Konstantinos Mitroglou looks dejected after the match REUTERS/John Sibley Rudi Garcia’s side now know that as well as anyone. One ill-conceived pass from goalkeeper Steve Mandanda was followed by a clumsy touch from Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa to allow Antoine Griezmann to score at a time when OM were the better side.

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Minutes later, their fragile position became virtually impossible as talisman Dimitri Payet limped off clutching his hamstring, his hopes of leading the Ligue 1 side to their first European trophy in 25 years dashed.

From the French side’s perspective, Payet’s tears will be the lasting memory of an evening that had started with much promise.

Soccer Football - Europa League Final - Olympique de Marseille vs Atletico Madrid - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - May 16, 2018   Marseille's Maxime Lopez looks dejected after the match    REUTERS/John Sibley © Reuters Soccer Football - Europa League Final - Olympique de Marseille vs Atletico Madrid - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - May 16, 2018 Marseille's Maxime Lopez looks dejected after the match REUTERS/John Sibley The France midfielder had brilliantly released Valere Germain early on as the Spanish defence made a surprisingly shaky start. Thereafter, though, OM were asphyxiated in the manner of many before them.

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  Atletico looking to put off Arsenal with Oblak's deal Arsenal transfer target Jan Oblak is set to have his release clause increased by his current club to put the Gunners off the player, according to En. His current deal comes to an end in 2021 and he has a release clause in place which stands currently at 100 million Euros. Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the player having struggled in the goalkeeping department of late. Atletico, however are determined to keep the player at the club, but if they can’t then at least make sure that they get as much as they can out of the deal. Oblak’s reputation has been growing and growing since his move to Spain in 2014 from Benfica and has attracted a host of clubs in him. He was part of the Madrid club who won the Europa League title last night thanks to a 3-0 win over Marseille in Lyon. Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin has explained their plans to keep the player at the club: ““We’re going to try to increase Oblak’s clause, but what we have to do is trust him,”” ““We know he wants to stay and we want him to stay.

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Only a Kostas Mitrogolou header with 10 minutes left, which kissed the inside of the post and bounced agonisingly along the line, offered any genuine suggestion that they might get back into a match that was supremely managed by their opponents.

The outcome left the majority inside Parc OL disappointed. Marseille’s support dwarfed the allocation of around 11,000 that they were given by UEFA, many bedecked in the iconic kit of 1993 when Basile Boli’s header helped the Stade Velodrome club defy the odds to beat a watertight AC Milan and claim the inaugural Champions League.

There was to be no repeat of that miracle in Munich.

Atletico Madrid celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League   REUTERS/Christian Hartmann © Reuters Atletico Madrid celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League REUTERS/Christian Hartmann All the fireworks from France’s south were in the stands, where their support released flares and brought a terrific atmosphere to the showpiece occasion.

On the field, meanwhile, a tame effort from Clinton Njie which ended up going out for a throw in summed up their attacking efforts.

It was ironic, therefore, that it was one of their own who did the damage at the other end of the field. Antoine Griezmann – a Marseille fan as a child – twice provided the cutting edge that was hopelessly lacking in the French side, while Gabi rubbed salt into the wounds with a third late on.

Marseille could not have argued for any better.

Worse may follow for Garcia’s men. They go into the final weekend of the season needing a victory over Amiens and results elsewhere to go there way to stand any chance of Champions League football next season. And of course they face this challenge without Payet.

The captain’s tears might not be the last shed on the Old Port before the week is out.

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