Simeone banned for Europa final

Simeone banned for Europa final

Simeone banned for Europa final

- Dimitri Payet's corner for Rolando's extra-time victor was his seventh assist in the Europa League this season; the most of any player in the competition.

Rolando's extra-time victor meant Salzburg slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Ligue 1 Marseille on Thursday night, and exited the competition after losing 3-2 on aggregate. They won a free kick in Salzburg's end in the sixth minute and Adil Ramu narrowly missed transforming Payet's blast into the first goal of the night.

Salzburg continued to push and they were rewarded with a second goal in the 65th minute.

The decision was made "in order not to disturb the preparations of the French players from Marseille and Atletico Madrid", The French Football Federation said on Friday. "We're obviously outsiders against Atletico, in France, in Lyon, at home for this final".

The Ligue 1 team led 2-0 from the first leg in France but were pegged back by hosts Salzburg, who nearly repeated their comeback heroics of the previous round.

To put it bluntly, Marseille will struggle to create chances against one of Europe's best defenses, and they definitely won't be able to stop Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann from scoring.

Though the appeal is unlikely to clear Simeone for the Europa League final, UEFA could decide to defer future games of the suspension for a probationary period.

Lifting the Europa League trophy would be the cherry on top of another quality season for Atletico Madrid.

Both sides are fighting in the French league for a Champions league berth, and tensions between them are at their highest level in years.

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