Antoine Griezmann receives his first Champions League red card for high foot on Roberto Firmino… after Atletico Madrid forward had scored twice to bring his side level against Liverpool
- Antoine Griezmann had scored twice to bring Atletico Madrid back into match
- Liverpool had taken early two-goal lead through Mo Salah and Naby Keita
- But Griezmann was given his marching orders eight minutes into second half
- Diego Simeone and Luis Suarez were among those furious with the decision
Antoine Griezmann went from Atletico Madrid hero to zero after receiving a straight red card against Liverpool for a high foot on Roberto Firmino.
The 30-year-old had scored twice for Diego Simeone’s men to bring them back on level terms after Liverpool’s early blitz at the Wanda Metropolitano.
But after an excellent first half, the on-loan Barcelona man was given his marching orders for the first time in the Champions League by referee Daniel Siebert eight minutes into the second half.
Antoine Griezmann went from hero to zero after being sent off for Atletico Madrid
The 30-year-old Frenchman was sent off for a high boot on Liverpool star Roberto Firmino
German refereee Daniel Siebert had no hesitation in sending Griezmann off in the second half
The France international was trying to gain possession and lifted his foot into the air to try to do so, but only managed to catch the Brazilian flush in the face.
The German official’s decision left Atletico boss Diego Simeone and team-mate Luis Suarez furious with Griezmann’s dismissal, with the Spanish champions having to play the last 28 minutes with 10 men.
And his dismissal did end up costing the Spanish champions any points, with Mohamed Salah netting his second from the penalty spot as the Reds won 3-2 at the site of their 2019 Champions League final win.
Former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson however told BBC 5 Live that the decision was harsh.
‘It was coming past Griezmann and he’s put his foot out and caught Roberto Firmino. My first thought was that it was accidental.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone (left) was among those left furious by the official’s decision
Yes, Firmino has been caught, but Griezmann was looking at the ball.’
Strikes from Salah and Naby Keita had given Jurgen Klopp’s men a two-goal advantage in the first 15 minutes of the Group B fixture.
But Griezmann pulled one back in the 20th minute after converting from close range following Koke’s low drive from the edge of the box into the corner.
The France star then doubled his tally after a fine run from Joao Felix, again finding the corner on the slide to send the Wanda Metropolitano into bedlam.
Griezmann had earlier brought Atletico Madrid back into the contest at the Wanda Metropolitano
He scored his first 20 minutes in after two quick Reds goals, before equalising in the 34rd minute
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