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Griezmann red card sparks Atletico comeback in thrilling draw with Girona

Date Posted,August 18, 2017

Antoine Griezmann saw red for the first time in his career – but his dismissal sparked an unlikely Atletico Madrid comeback at newly-promoted Girona.

Griezmann was dismissed on 67 minutes after two yellow cards in a matter of seconds, with Atleti trailing 2-0.

The Frenchman picked up his first booking for diving before being shown a second for dissent towards the referee.

Diego Simeone’s men got off to a nightmare start in the La Liga opener as former Middlesbrough winger Christhian Stuani scored twice before the break.

Cristhian Stuani celebrates (Image: AFP)
Cristhian Stuani celebrates (Image: AFP)
Antoine Griezmann in action (Image: AFP)

Stuani rose to head in a cross from Alex Granell before nodding in again just three minutes later.

Atletico’s night went from bad to worse as Griezmann saw red, much to the fury of boss Simeone.

Griezmann makes a challenge (Image: AFP)
GIRONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 19: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico de Madrid leaves the pitch after being shown the red card during the La Liga match between Girona and Atletico de Madrid at Municipal de Montilivi Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
Griezmann trudges off (Image: Getty)

But his side managed to get back in it with 12 minutes to go through substitute Angel Correa.

The visitors pushed for a leveller and it came with just five minutes to go through defender Jose Gimenez.

Jose Gimenez celebrates after scoring (Image: AFP)

Girnoa goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz rushed out to claim Koke’s free-kick, but Gimenez beat him to the ball and glanced his header in.

The dramatic leveller sparked wild scenes on the Atleti bench as Simeone joined in the celebrations with his players.

Girona nearly nicked it late on but Granell’s free-kick flashed wide of the post.

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