Chelsea thrash Arsenal to become Europa League Champions

Eden Hazard scored twice and then admitted it was his parting gift as the Belgian’s brace helped Chelsea sweep away Arsenal to win 4-1 in the Europa League final in Baku.

This match started at 8 pm local time on Wednesday in Azerbaijan, but it was Thursday by the time it came to life with a flood of second-half goals started by Olivier Giroud’s 49th-minute opener against his old club.

UELFinal Match Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions (W3, D4). Maurizio Sarri needs to win on Wednesday to boost his chances of avoiding the sack.

Unai Emery has great pedigree in this competition and his past experiences will certainly give Arsenal a shot of extra confidence against their London rivals.

Arsenal have only lost one of the previous six meetings between the two teams and the potential absence of N’Golo Kante will only make things more difficult for Chelsea.

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Chelsea- A knee injury is expected to keep N’Golo Kante out of the Europa League final on Wednesday.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both sidelined with Achilles tendon injuries. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

Maurizio Sarri has to pick between Olivier Giroud and Gonzalo Higuain up front, Willian and Pedro on the flanks and Emerson and Marcos Alonso at left-back. Continue reading “UELFinal Match Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal”

Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Chelsea are guarenteed Champions League football next season whether they win this competition or not after securing a top-four finish in the Premier League on Sunday. That should lift some of the pressure off of Chelsea’s shoulders here.

Frankfurt, meanwhile, were turned over 6-1 by Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend, with all six goals conceded coming in the first half. Unlike Chelsea, their hold of fourth place in their respective league is hanging by a thread and their confidence may be shattered coming into this match.

Chelsea haven’t lost at Stamford Bridge in more than two months and know they have the insurance of an away goal from the first leg, making them favourites here. Frankfurt should not be underestimated but it would be a surprise if Chelsea didn’t make the final from here.

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Chelsea- Antonio Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both long-term absentees for Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri has confirmed N’Golo Kante won’t play again this season unless Chelsea make the Europa League final. Bet Now on NaijaBet

With a top four finish secured, Mauzirio Sarri should go with his strongest available team on Thursday. It remains to be seen whether he will stick with Olivier Giroud, who is the competition’s top scorer, or go with regular first choice striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Eintracht Frankfurt”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Valencia

Arsenal lost their home match, ending an eight-game winning run at the Emirates. They also conceded more goals in their defeat to Crystal Palace (3) than those wins combined (2).

Valencia are unbeaten since dropping down from the Champions League to the Europa League (W5, D1) but have lost two games in a row heading into Thursday.

Arsenal are in even worse form, losing three on the spin since winning 1-0 away to Napoli in their Europa League semi-final second leg. This tie could go either way.

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Arsenal- Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal are both doubts for Arsenal after missing Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Leicester through injury. Bet Now

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off at the weekend but is free to play in Europe.

Laurent Koscielny is expected back in the starting XI after only making the bench at the weekend. Shkodran Mustafi should drop out the team, which would mean missing out against his former club.

Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may drop to the bench on Thursday. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Valencia”

Europa League Match Preview: Napoli vs Arsenal (Agg 0-2)

Napoli are 2-0 behind on aggregate and may rue not scoring an away goal in London. Carlo Ancelotti’s side ended a three-match winless run at the weekend with a 3-1 victory over Chievo.

Arsenal kept their first Premier League clean sheet away from home of the season in Monday night, which will give them confidence heading to Naples.

The Gunners have only won three of their last 13 away matches in all competitions and have both their last two on the road in the Europa League.

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Napoli- Napoli will continue to be without Raul Albiol and Amadou Diawara as they bid to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

Arkadiusz Milik may get the nod over Dries Mertens on Thursday after starting the first match on the bench. Place bet on today’s Europa League Matches

Kevin Malcuit will hope to start against the Gunners after Elseid Hysaj started at right-back at the Emirates. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Napoli vs Arsenal (Agg 0-2)”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Rennes (Agg 1-3)

Arsenal are 3-1 down from the first leg but all is not lost as they did manage to score an away goal. The Gunners will be high on confidence after beating Manchester United 2-0 last time out.

Rennes have only lost two of their last 13 matches in all competitions, though both of those defeats were away from home.

Rennes are unbeaten in their last five Europa League matches and have scored exactly three goals in each of their last three in the competition.

Arsenal have won five in a row at home and had to come from a losing position in the last round of the Europa League. Can the Gunners do it again on Thursday?

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Arsenal- Alexandre Lacazette’s suspension has been reduced and he is now available to face Rennes on Thursday, having missed the first leg. Sokratis is suspended, however, after being sent off against Rennes last week.

Lucas Torreira is currently in the middle of a domestic ban and has a good chance to start here, with Unai Emery set to shuffle his pack slightly. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed the 2-0 win over former club Manchester United at the weekend through injury and remains a doubt here.

Mesut Ozil has surprisingly started Arsenal’s last two matches but could drop down to the bench on Thursday. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Rennes (Agg 1-3)”

Europa League Match Preview: Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea (0-3)

Dynamo Kyiv are 3-0 down from the first leg and have left themselves too much to do here.

Chelsea hold all the cards from the first leg. Even with a rotated XI here they are expected to win again.

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Dynamo Kyiv- Dynamo Kyiv welcome back Benjamin Verbic from suspension but the damage is already done after losing the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Vitaliy Buyalskiy is now banned for the Ukranian side after picking up a yellow card last Thursday.

Chelsea- Ross Barkley is one yellow card away from missing the next round of the Europa League and Maurizio Sarri may hold him back here. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

With a 3-0 lead from the first leg, Sarri will surely shuffle his pack on Thursday and hand rare starts to the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea (0-3)”

Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Malmoe FF

Chelsea are in the driving seat in this tie after winning the first leg 2-1 away from home. They were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday and Maurizio Sarri cannot afford a shock defeat here.

Malmoe are unbeaten in their last six away matches but are not expected to get anything from Thursday’s trip to Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea-  Chelsea only played on Monday and have the Carabao Cup final this weekend. Maurizio Sarri will surely make wholesale changes here.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has barely featured in recent months but it would be a huge shock if he did not get the nod on Thursday.

Olivier Giroud should also start at Stamford Bridge after leading the line last week.

Gary Cahill has been frozen out and is not expected to even make the squad here. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Malmoe FF”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs BATE Borisov

Arsenal are on the backfoot in their tie after losing 1-0 in the first leg. Unai Emery will now hope their failure to score an away goal does not haunt them.

BATE won the first leg but are still underdogs heading into Thursday’s match. They lost 3-1 away to Chelsea in the group stage

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Arsenal- Alexandre Lacazette is suspended for Arsenal after being sent off in the first leg.

Unai Emery has confirmed Aaron Ramsey and Sokratis will be back in the squad. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has missed training in the build-up to Thursday’s match through illness and remains a doubt. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs BATE Borisov”

Europa League Match Preview: BATE Borisov vs Arsenal

This will be BATE Borisov’s first competitive match since before Christmas. They ended 2018 unbeaten in four matches.

Arsenal had a perfect record away from home in the Europa League group stage and didn’t concede a goal in that time.

The Gunners haven’t won back-to-back away matches in all competitions since November but should triumph here, though Chelsea only won 1-0 away to BATE in the groups.

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BATE Borisov- Aleksandr Hleb will hope to feature against former club Arsenal on Thursday, though a booking here would rule him out of the return leg at the Emirates. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

Nikolai Signevich was sent off in BATE Borisov’s last Europa League match but has since left the club and joined Hungarian club Ferencvaros. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: BATE Borisov vs Arsenal”

Europa League Match Preview: Vidi FC vs Chelsea

Chelsea has won their opening five group games by an aggregate scoreline of 10-1. They have already secured top spot heading into the final match.

Vidi FC are currently third in Group L and in order to join Chelsea through to the knockout stage of the competition they will need to better BATE Borisov’s result on Tonight.

Defeat to Chelsea eliminates Vidi FC and that should be expected even if Chelsea take their foot off the gas.

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Vidi FC- Vidi FC will go with their strongest XI available as they still have a chance to join Chelsea through to the next round.

The home side have four players one booking away from missing their next Europa League match but risks have to be taken on Thursday. Place bet on LIVE Matches 24/7 online

Chelsea- Chelsea are already through to the next round and have secured top spot in Group L. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Vidi FC vs Chelsea”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Qarabag FK

Arsenal will top Group E regardless of what happens on Thursday due to their superior head-to-head record over Sporting. The Gunners haven’t lost at home since August.

Qarabag has scored 11 goals in their last two matches but have lost four of their first five Europa League group games.

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Arsenal- Laurent Koscielny is in contention to make his first Arsenal appearance of the season after recovering from a long-term injury in the last few weeks.

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have both resumed full training and will be part of Arsenal’s matchday squad, though it remains to be seen whether they will start. Bet Now 

Nacho Monreal made his comeback from a two-month injury in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield and he will continue to build his match fitness on Thursday, although potentially as a substitute. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Qarabag FK”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Sporting CP

Arsenal has a 100 per cent record in Group E after three matches and have already won their hardest fixture on paper: away to Sporting. The Gunners will guarantee a place in the next round with a win, while a draw would be enough if Vorskla loses at home to Qarabag.

Sporting are still in a good position in the group despite losing at home to Arsenal. They are three points clear of Vorskla in second and are expected to progress even if they lose on Thursday.

Sporting has won just two of 11 matches in England (D2, L7) and are winless in their last six matches there (D1, L5). Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 14 competitive matches (W12, D2) and should maintain that run on Thursday.

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Arsenal- Matteo Guendouzi missed Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday through suspension and will start Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Sporting.

Sead Kolasinac returned from injury against Liverpool to make his first appearance in nearly a month. He could continue at left-back here, unless Granit Xhaka is asked to play there again.

Sokratis will start at centre-back if he recovers from injury in time, partnering up with Rob Holding. Petr Cech will hope to start in goal after missing the reverse fixture despite being fit. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Sporting CP”

Europa League Match Preview: BATE Borisov vs Chelsea

Chelsea has won their first three Europa League group stage matches and are the runaway leaders in Group L, six points clear of the chasing pack. A win on Thursday will secure a place in the next round.

BATE Borisov are bottom of the group but level on points with the other two teams. They are only bottom due to an inferior goal difference.

BATE Borisov still have a good chance of making the knockout stage of the competition and their objective should be to keep this a low-scoring match.

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BATE Borisov- Vladislav Malkevich and Vladislav Mukhamedov remain sidelined for BATE Borisov ahead of Thursday’s welcome of Chelsea. Place bet on Live Events 24/7

Chelsea- Olivier Giroud missed Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace but Maurizio Sarri expects the Frenchman to return against BATE Borisov. Ethan Ampadu is the only other injury concern for Chelsea. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: BATE Borisov vs Chelsea”

Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs BATE Borisov

Chelsea are unbeaten in all competitions this season but required a stoppage-time equaliser at home to Manchester United on Saturday to preserve that run.

Maurizio Sarri’s side has won their first two Europa League games, albeit both by 1-0 scorelines.

BATE Borisov followed up their 2-0 win over Vidi FC with a 4-1 defeat against PAOK.

Chelsea has not lost a European group game at Stamford Bridge since September 2013, unbeaten in 12 matches since then. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

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Chelsea- Eden Hazard had a back injury against Manchester United on Saturday and is ruled out on Thursday. Youngsters Ethan Ampadu, Isaiah Brown and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also sidelined. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs BATE Borisov”

Europa League Match Preview: Sporting CP vs Arsenal

Sporting has only failed to win three of their first 11 matches in all competitions this season but two of those have fallen in their last five.

The Portuguese giants have a 100 per cent win record at home this season (5/5) and have only conceded two goals.

Arsenal has won 10 matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since 2007.

Unai Emery’s side has momentum but this will be their toughest test during that period.

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Sporting CP- Sporting has injury concerns involving a number of key players ahead of Thursday’s tough Europa League contest with Arsenal.

Jeremy Mathieu has missed Sporting’s last five matches but reported for first-team training at the start of the week, suggesting he will be ready for Thursday. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Sporting CP vs Arsenal”

Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Lazio

Marseille have won their last two matches without conceding. They are yet to win in the Europa League this season (D1, L1).

Lazio has also won their last two matches without conceding. They slipped to a shock 4-1 defeat at Frankfurt last time out in the Europa League.

This is the first competitive meeting between the two teams since 2000, when Lazio triumphed 5-1 courtesy of four goals from current Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi.

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Marseille- Luiz Gustavo and Lucas Ocampos were both suspended against Nice at the weekend and could get some playing time here as a result. Rolando and Clinton N’Jie are the only injury concerns for Marseille. Naija and Bet

Lazio- Riza Durmisi is the only player expected to miss out for Lazio when they face Marseille on Thursday. Jordan Lukaku is yet to feature this season but is an option at left wing-back. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Lazio”

Europa League Match Preview: RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Celtic

RB Leipzig are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions (W4,D2).

Celtic have won four of their last five in all competitions, but lost in the Europa League during that run.

RB Leipzig has kept successive clean sheets at home and are expected to beat Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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RasenBallsport Leipzig- RB Leipzig has a clean bill of health ahead of Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Celtic.

20-year-old Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha has started RB Leipzig’s first two Europa League group games and is expected to lead the line again here.

Celtic- James Forrest is suspended after being sent off in Celtic’s 3-1 defeat away to Salzburg last time out in the Europa League. Bet Now

Scott Brown was forced off midway through the first half of Celtic’s 4-2 win over Hibernian on Saturday and is unlikely to feature here as a result. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Celtic”

Europa League Match Preview: Qarabag FK vs Arsenal

Qarabag has won five of their opening six league matches but were beaten 2-0 by Sporting, their first opponent of any significant quality this season.

After a tricky start to the season, Arsenal has now won seven matches in a row in all competitions.

The Gunners triumphed 4-2 against minnows Vorskla in their first Europa League game.

Qarabag’s most recent encounter with English opposition was against Chelsea in last season’s Champions League group stage, where they lost 10-0 on aggregate across both meetings. Latest Odds

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Qarabag FK- Dani Quintana is the only reported injury problem for Qarabag. The Spaniard is not back until the start of December, owing to ligament damage.

Expect a similar side to the one that started Qarabag’s last Europa League match, a 2-0 loss away to Portuguese giants Sporting. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Qarabag FK vs Arsenal”

Europa League Match Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Lazio

Frankfurt opened up their Europa League campaign with an away victory over last season’s finalists, Marseille. The German side also won 4-1 against Hannover at the weekend.

Lazio slipped to a 3-1 defeat in the Rome derby at the weekend, ending their five-game winning streak. The Serie A side overcame Apollon Limassol 2-1 in GW1 of the UEL.

Frankfurt hasn’t won successive matches this season but Lazio has conceded in each of their last four. This could prove a thoroughly entertaining match. Latest Odds are available on Site

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Eintracht Frankfurt- Jetro Willems is suspended for Frankfurt after being sent off against Marseille in their Europa League opener. Simon Falette is tipped to deputise.

Frankfurt are expected to be missing up to eight players in total, owing to suspension and injuries. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Lazio”

Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Vidi FC

Chelsea opened their Europa League account for the season with a 1-0 win away to Greek side PAOK. A more straightforward three points are expected on home soil.

Vidi lost 2-0 at home to BATE Borisov in GW1 and face a daunting trip to Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Vidi has at least won successive matches heading into this match, but anything other than a comprehensive home victory would be a shock. Bet Now

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Chelsea- Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pedro and Andreas Christensen are doubts for Chelsea, with the former closing in on a return to first-team action.

Cesc Fabregas has recently returned and will hope to get some playing time under his belt on Thursday.

Gary Cahill will hope to start on Thursday after he was a surprise absentee from their starting XI last time out in the competition.

Alvaro Morata will start for the home side, while other fringe players like Ross Barkley will feature from the off. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Vidi FC”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Vorskla

Unai Emery is not going to prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League and has a track record of winning the competition. The Gunners should be considered one of the favourites this season. After a difficult start to the season, they have won three in a row.

Vorskla are big underdogs heading into this fixture but the Ukranian side at least has some momentum heading into this clash with three wins in a row. In the Europa League, however, they have only won one of their last 10 matches.

Vorskla has failed to score in four of their last five away games in the Europa League and Arsenal should have their eyes on a comprehensive victory on Thursday evening.

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Arsenal- Three-time Europa League winner Unai Emery has already revealed he wants to win the competition with Arsenal, suggesting they will they field fairly strong teams.

Lucas Torreira has been eased into life at Arsenal since joining over the summer and is expected to make his full debut for the club on Thursday. Bernd Leno could also debut for the Gunners. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Vorskla”

Europa League Match Preview: PAOK Thessaloniki FC vs Chelsea

PAOK have picked up some impressive results so far this season, eliminating FC Basel from Champions League qualification and even drawing away to Benfica before being humbled 4-1 at home to the Portuguese side. That remains their only defeat in nine competitive games this season.

Chelsea has made a 100 percent start to the season but expect a disjointed performance on Thursday if Maurizio Sarri goes down the route of making wholesale changes. There could be a lot of players picked that haven’t played a great deal this season but the Blues are favourites regardless.

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PAOK Thessaloniki FC- Right-back Leo Matos is suspended after being sent off against Benfica in their last European game.

Former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom could line up against Chelsea on Thursday. Bet Now

Ex-CSKA Moscow midfielder Pontus Wernbloom is another Chelsea will have to keep an eye on.

Fernando Varela played both legs against Benfica at centre-back and could join former Aston Villa defender Jose Crespo at the heart of PAOK’s defence.

The Greek side also has former Wolfsburg defender Vieirinha in their ranks ahead of the Chelsea clash. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: PAOK Thessaloniki FC vs Chelsea”

Rangers advance to Europa League playoff

Manager Steven Gerrard said Rangers had knocked a quality side out of the Europa League on Thursday after the Scottish club drew 0-0 in Slovenia to beat Maribor 3-1 on aggregate.

After dominating the first leg at Ibrox, Rangers were given a stern test in Slovenia but maintained a clean sheet thanks to some solid defending and an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who saved a stoppage-time penalty.

Maribor have been a thorn in the side of Scottish teams recently, knocking Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen and Hibernian out of European competition over the last eight years, and reached the group stage of last year’s Champions League. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 NaijaBet

“We have knocked a Champions League team out of the qualifiers and they are devastated – they had confidence, they had ego coming into this game and they had no respect for us,” Gerrard said. Naija and Bet

“But, my players have proved over two legs we are better than Maribor, and that pleases me and that gives me great confidence going forward.”

Gerrard took over at Rangers in May and has brought in 11 players as he looks to end the dominance of Glasgow rivals Celtic, who have won the league for seven successive years. Continue reading “Rangers advance to Europa League playoff”

Griezmann goals fires Atletico to Europa title

Antoine Griezmann was the hero for Atletico Madrid as the French striker scored twice in their 3-0 win over Marseille in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Lyon, allowing his club to win the trophy for the third time in nine seasons.

It is Griezmann’s first major title with Atletico, and a fitting way to bow out if he leaves at the season’s end, with Barcelona tipped as his next destination.

Griezmann – brought up in Macon, just 70 kilometres from Lyon – scored once in each half, his lethal finishes coming to either side of Marseille losing Dimitri Payet to injury, the French team’s captain coming off in tears.

Griezmann now has 29 goals this season, although it was Gabi’s late strike that sealed the victory. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering,” said Griezmann, who has spent his whole career in Spain but had only previously won one Spanish Super Cup.

Atletico’s triumph comes after agonising defeats to Real Madrid in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016. They had previously won the Europa League in 2010 and again in 2012, the latter coming just six months after Diego Simeone’s appointment as coach. Continue reading “Griezmann goals fires Atletico to Europa title”