The craziest end to a football match EVER? Antoine Griezmann comes off the bench to score a 101st-minute winner – the THIRD goal in added time – to hand Atletico Madrid a remarkable 2-1 victory over Porto
- Atletico Madrid snatched a 2-1 victory over Porto following a dramatic ending
- Mario Hermoso and Mateus Uribe both scored in stoppage time for their sides
- Antoine Griezmann then scored a winner in the 11th minute of stoppage time
- The Frenchman is still yet to start a game for the Spanish giants this season
Antoine Griezmann scored a winner in the 101st minute to earn Atletico Madrid a dramatic 2-1 victory over 10-man Porto in the Champions League.
Mario Hermoso had given Diego Simeone’s side the lead in stoppage time, before Porto looked to earn themselves a hard-fought point after Mateus Uribe’s 96th minute penalty.
Griezmann, who is yet to start a match this season, came off the bench though to score an incredible last-gasp winner in the 11th minute of stoppage time.
Atletico Madrid snatched victory in a dramatic stoppage time period against Porto
Antoine Griezmann went on to score the winner off the bench in the 101st minute of the game
The French striker has featured in all five of Atletico’s matches this season, but has only come on to the pitch after an hour has been played on each occasion. He also scored as a substitute in LaLiga victories against Getafe and Valencia.
‘It is what it is, it’s not in my hands,’ Griezmann told reporters after the 2-1 win over Porto.
‘Of course I’d like to play more but I’m going to give everything in the minutes I have on the pitch. I’m a club man and only want to play here and give everything for the club, the coach and the fans.’
The France striker made his name at Atletico before joining Barcelona for £104million in 2019, only to return to the Madrid side last year on a two-year loan. Barca said at the time that the contract agreed with Atletico contained a ‘compulsory permanent transfer clause’.
Mario Hermoso celebrates with the crowd after scoring a 91st minute opener for Atletico
According to reports in the Spanish media, Atletico are obliged to purchase Griezmann for 40 million euros if he plays more than 50% of minutes when available.
Atletico, who were without a victory in their last eight home fixtures in European competition, are level on three points in Group B with Club Bruges who beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0.
With the sides meeting in the competition’s opening group fixture for the second year in a row, the game sprung to life after a dull first half when Atletico midfielder Koke smashed home in the 50th minute but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak was crucial to the hosts keeping a clean sheet through regulation time as the Slovenian made several good saves, including from a fine effort by Stephen Eustaquio in the 54th minute.
Eustaquio went close again and Oblak saved well from Joao Mario.
In the 81st minute, Porto were reduced to 10 men after striker Mehdi Taremi received a second yellow for diving inside the box.
Atletico had failed to register a single shot in the second half as full time approached but a minimum of nine minutes were added on following a lengthy delay when Porto midfielder Otavio was injured and had to be carried off the pitch on a stretcher.
Porto’s Matheus Uribe seemed to have earned the Portuguese side a point from the penalty spot
It would have been a valuable point for Porto after they had been reduced to ten men
Atletico defender Mario Hermoso opened the scoring two minutes into stoppage time when his deflected shot from the edge of the box left Porto keeper Diogo Costa helpless.
Porto midfielder Mateus Uribe levelled four minutes later from a penalty after Hermoso handled the ball inside the area.
With a 1-1 draw looming at the Metropolitano Stadium, substitute Griezmann sealed victory for the hosts with a close-range header in the 101st minute after Axel Witsel set the Frenchman up with a superb header following a corner.
‘We did not play a good game,’ Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.
Griezmann who has not started a game this season ensured victory for Atletico however
‘There were almost no chances for (any of the teams). One for (Porto) in the second half, the disallowed goal for us, a weak shot from Koke in the first half… But very little from the game.’
It was only the second time in Champions League history that three goals have been scored in the 90th minute or later – excluding extra time – with the first coming last December when the same two teams met in Portugal.
‘I never talk about luck, but my players were superior, Atletico didn’t arrive (for the game) until the second half,’ Porto coach Sergio Conceicao said.
‘At some point Simeone didn’t know what to do to hurt us. The performance of my players was fantastic.
‘And 2-1 came late, the fourth official told me it was 10 minutes and the goal was scored in 100:20. It is unfair.’
Atletico next travel to Leverkusen on Sept. 13 when Porto host Club Bruges.
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