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Antoine Griezmann subbed on after the hour mark AGAIN due to contract clause, scores 101st minute winner

Ryan Sidle

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Antoine Griezmann subbed on after the hour mark AGAIN due to contract clause, scores 101st minute winner

Antoine Griezmann was once again brought on in the 60th minute for Atletico Madrid and the forward scored a 101st minute winner in their Champions League opener.

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Griezmann is still on loan at Barcelona this season, the second of his two season temporary deal, but it will become a permanent transfer if he plays enough games.

However, it's not as simple as him playing any amount of time in those games, with it only counting if the Frenchman plays at least 45 minutes.

Barca are worried that Atletico boss Diego Simeone has been told by the club not to play the 31-year-old this season, to avoid having to pay his €40 million clause.

So far in their La Liga campaign, Simeone has brought the forward on to play 28, 28, 26 and 27 minutes, only bringing him on around the hour mark.

On Wednesday night it was once again the same deal in the Champions League, with Griezmann coming on in the 61st minute against Porto, with the game at 0-0.

The game looked to be drifting towards the full time whistle, with neither side having broken the deadlock, when Mehdi Taremi was sent off for the Portuguese side in the 81st minute.

The referee didn't hesitate as Taremi went over in the Atleti box, near Axel Witsel, and rightly decided the Porto player had dived, giving him a second yellow card.

That red card, coupled with an injury, led to nine minutes of added on time at the end of the 90 minutes, and it proved to be explosive.

Mario Hermoso, who recently squared up to some fans, scored in the 91st minute, which the hosts would have thought would earn them all three points, but he was then adjudged to have handled the ball in the box five minutes later, with Mateus Uribe equalising from the penalty spot.

However, just as it seemed the teams would share the points, Griezmann popped up at the back post following on from a corner, to head his side back ahead.

However, for any Barcelona fans hoping that the additional time would help with their club's attempts to get a large sum for Griezmann, there's some bad news.

The minutes in the game only last until the 90 minute mark so injury time doesn't mean that he's played any longer, even the match went on a further half an hour.

Griezmann, like everyone else, will have to get used to the sight of seeing the former Real Sociedad player coming on around the hour mark, still he can make a huge difference in just half an hour.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

Topics: Champions League, Atletico Madrid, La Liga, Antoine Griezmann, FC Porto, Porto, Barcelona

Ryan Sidle
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