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UEFA Europa League Final

Olympique Marseille vs Atletico Madrid

Wednesday, May 16th 2018

Parc Olympique Lyonnais - Lyon, France

Kick-off at 19:45 (7:45pm) GMT

Les Olympiens will have one final shot of wrapping up qualification for Europe’s elite club competition next season when they welcome Amiens to the Stade Velodrome on Saturday, trailing Lyon in 3rd place in Ligue 1 by a single point. It could well end up being a meaningless affair for the 1992-93 UEFA Champions League winners should Rudi Garcia’s side manage to overturn two-time Europa League winners Atletico Madrid at the home of their French counterparts. Marseille head into this fixture off the back of just two wins in their last five games in all competitions which included a two-legged semi-final victory over Salzburg.

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Dimitri Payet Marseille-v-Atletico

Olympique Marseille recent results: (all competitions)

11/05/2018 – Guingamp 3-3 Marseille
06/05/2018 – Marseille 2-1 Nice
03/05/2018 – Salzburg 2-1 Marseille (UEL)
29/04/2018 – Angers 1-1 Marseille
26/04/2018 – Marseille 2-0 Salzburg (UEL)

Diego Simeone’s men found themselves in the continents second tier after failing to progress from a tough group that contained defending English Premier League champions Chelsea and eventual beaten Champions League semi-finalists Roma, but navigated through the knockout rounds with gusto, easing past tough opposition including victories over Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal in the last-8 and last-4 respectively. Atletico Madrid are bidding to win their third piece of major European silverware and first since the end of the 2011-12 campaign when Los Rojiblancos lifted the Europa League trophy for the second time in three seasons.

Atletico Madrid recent results: (all competitions)

12/05/2018 – Getafe 0-1 Atletico
06/05/2018 – Atletico 0-2 Espanyol
03/05/2018 – Atletico 1-0 Arsenal (UEL)
29/04/2018 – Alaves 0-1 Atletico
26/04/2018 – Arsenal 1-1 Atletico (UEL)

Atletico vs Arsenal - Diego Costa scoring

The pair have met just a couple of times before, in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in 2008. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for the home side in a 2-1 win for Atletico when the sides met at the old Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid before a bore goalless draw in the return fixture in the south of France. The Spaniards succumbed to Porto on away goals in the last 16 of the competition that season while Marseille, who were dumped down to the Europa League were beaten in the quarter-finals by eventual champions Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine.

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Olympique Marseille vs Atletico Madrid head-to-head:

Played: 2
Marseille Wins: 0
Draws: 1
Atletico Wins: 1
Marseille Goals: 1
Atletico Goals: 2

Olympique Marseille vs Atletico Madrid results:

09/12/2008 – Marseille 0-0 Atletico
01/10/2008 – Atletico 2-1 Marseille

UEFA Europa League 2018 Trophy

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Published: 05/16/2018