Late Griezmann penalty earns Atletico win over Real Sociedad

AFP , Sunday 8 Oct 2023

Antoine Griezmann converted a late penalty to snatch Atletico Madrid a controversial late 2-1 win over Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday.

Feyenoord s Quinten Timber, right, goes for the ball as Atletico Madrid s Antoine Griezmann tries to stop him during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Feyenoord at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. AP


The Basque side were furious after they had a penalty appeal for handball turned down earlier in the game and then the referee awarded Atletico a spot-kick in the final stages after Carlos Fernandez inadvertently handled a Griezmann shot.

On the balance of play Atletico, fourth, were good value for their victory, which helped them cut the distance to leaders Real Madrid to five points.

Samuel Lino put the hosts ahead at the Metropolitano in the 22nd minute when Koke sent him through on goal.

The Brazilian winger netted his first goal for the club, slotting home clinically at the near post.

Griezmann had two good chances to double Atletico's lead, but volleyed wildly over and then slid in to divert a Rodrigo de Paul pass narrowly wide.

Midfielder De Paul struck the post with a curling effort near the end of the first half.

Imanol Alguacil's La Real emerged stronger in the second half and Mikel Oyarzabal also hit the woodwork with a strike from the edge of the box.

Morata accidentally handled a soft Brais Mendez effort but after watching the incident back on the pitchside monitor, referee Jose Munuera decided not to award a penalty.

Spain international Oyarzabal pulled Real Sociedad back level when Fernandez played him in on goal, and he coolly stroked a low effort past Jan Oblak.

Griezmann grabbed the winner from the spot in the 89th minute after Fernandez accidentally blocked the Frenchman's shot with his arm while lying on the floor.

Real Sociedad players pleaded with Munuera to watch the incident again but he instructed Griezmann to take the penalty, and the forward dispatched it superbly to earn Atletico the three points.

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