Griezmann’s efforts see Atletico into Cup quarters

Griezmann’s efforts see Atletico into Cup quarters


MADRID: Antoine Griezmann struck for the third time in as many games in 2017 as Atletico Madrid secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey 4-3 on aggregate despite losing 3-2 at home to Las Palmas on Tuesday. Griezmann shrugged off the disappointment of finishing third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for world’s best player at the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday to force home the opener four minutes into the second half. A fine individual effort from Marko Livaja gave Las Palmas a brief lifeline, but Angel Correa looked to have killed the tie off just after the hour mark. However, the hosts were made to sweat in the final seconds of stoppage time as two goals in three minutes from Livaja and Mateo Garcia gave Las Palmas victory on the night. “These type of things always happen in the Copa del Rey,” Atletico boss Diego Simeone told BeIN Sports Spain. “They finished the few chances they had well which meant, despite us having the game under control, they take away the victory.” Despite holding a commanding 2-0 first leg lead, Simeone took no chances by naming a strong side.

 

 

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