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Marseille and Atletico clash in the Europa League final tonight and you can follow all the action right here with Express Sport.
Atletico beat Arsenal to reach this stage of the competition and are seeking to win the Europa League for a third time.
Diego Costa, Fernando Torres and Antoine Griezmann are all tipped to play a part in Lyon tonight.
French side Marseille, meanwhile, are seeking to win their first European trophy since lifting the Champions League in 1993.
They overcame Salzburg in the Europa League semi-finals and are very much the underdogs heading into tonight’s 7.45pm final.
Follow the whole gave live with Express Sport below…
EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL LIVE
[kick off 7.45pm]
Europa League crowd trouble?
Flares have been thrown into the stadium in Lyon from fans outside of the ground.
Some of the flares appeared to have parachutes attached.
Safety officials and grounds people were pictured clearing the objects and repairing the pitch.
There is a heavy police presence in Lyon today to ward against crowd trouble.
Dimitri Payet back in the spotlight
When Payet forced through his move back to Marseille from West Ham, many English football fans thought that was the last we would see of him for a while.
Well, Payet has impressed in Europe this season and could be the difference for Marseille tonight.
Payet has been a fitness doubt for the game but speaking on Tuesday he said: “I feel a lot better. Yes, I feel I can play tomorrow.
“I’ve been feeling very good, especially since the beginning of 2018.
“I haven’t changed anything except I have been injured less and when you have no injuries it’s must easier to play and feel better on the pitch.”
Diego Simone insists his Atletico Madrid side are not favourites tonight.
“Whenever I played in a final I experienced it with the same clarity, regardless of the talk or whatever else surrounds the game,” Simeone told a Press conference.
“That is for people who don’t take part, as the only things that matters are reality and what happens on the pitch.
“We know we’ll need to play against an opponent where we need to minimise their attacking game. Those who are there know how to play.
“We both play similar, direct football and share the same enthusiasm. They will be full of self-confidence, with a high rhythm to their game in midfield, and we must impose ourselves.
“Marseille are a dangerous team in every attacking aspect. Dimitri Payet imposes a rhythm with his mind and the speed of his feet. Their Coach has also done a very good job.”
Marseille manager Rudi Garcia spoke in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
“We have a lot of respect for Atletico. They are very solid, have the best defence in the Spanish League, and formidable attackers in Griezmann and Costa,” Garcia said.
“The character of both teams is similar; we’ve shown this in the Europa League and also to get into a Champions League place.
“Atleti are one of the great teams in Spain. Perhaps they have more experience but this is a 90-minute football match – and that’s it!
“But I’m disappointed Simeone is not on the bench. It’s difficult for a Coach to be deprived of being with his players. I think other ways of sanctioning us could be found without being removed from the technical area.
“Simeone is a born winner and he has done a fantastic job at Atletico. For almost a decade he has been one of the main figures in world football.”
Marseille vs Atletico head to head
Marseille and Atletico have met once before, in the 2008 Champions League group stage.
Atletico earned a draw and a win from those games. Read into that what you will!
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Europa League final, between Marseille and Atletico Madrid.
Atletico are the heavy favourites heading into this clash as they eye a third Europa League triumph.
They come up against a Marseille side who last won a European trophy in 1993, when they lifted the Champions League (no, we’re not including their 2005 Intertoto Cup triumph!).
The match kicks off at 7.45pm and we will have all the highlights and updates for you all night.