Ghanaian midfielder, Thomas Teye Partey has ended his best season as a footballer on high after his Spanish side Atletico Madrid lifted the UEFA Europa League trophy on Wednesday evening.
The Spanish club beat Olympique de Marseille 3-0 to win the trophy at the Lyon Stadium in France.
Partey made a late entry into the game when he came in to replace Angel Correa with just two minutes of normal time left to play. His presence was greatly felt when his creative pass led to the third and final goal which would gift Atletico the trophy.
It was Antoine Griezmann who struck first when a risky pass from Mandanda to Anguissa went awry. The French man, who grew up just a short spin up the road from Lyon, slotted past the keeper. From that point on, there was only going to be one winner. Dmirti Payet went off in tears after a half an hour to make Marseille’s job even harder as the creative midfielder’s World Cup now hangs in the balance.
Griezmann scored his second four minutes after the restart when he caressed the ball over Mandanda to put Atlético further out of sight. Gabi, who scored his first goal in almost three years, finished the scoring on the night when he rifled a shot to the bottom corner after 89 minutes.