His return was expected and after seeing Atlético Madrid-Inter Milan, we know why. Even if we already knew it, a team with or without Antoine Griezmann in its ranks does not have the same face. Wednesday evening, the French international, star of the Colchoneros, once again showed his playing intelligence during his team’s qualification for the quarter-final of the Champions League (2-1 ap 3 tab to 2).

The French striker, rather discreet until now, emerged to give hope to his team by taking advantage of a reading error from his teammate in the French team Benjamin Pavard (35th, 1-1). The sixth achievement in seven C1 matches this season for the Maconnais, silent for almost two months and then prevented from signing a seventh by Pavard (43rd) then by Sommer, vigilant upon returning from the locker room (52nd).

The match turned irrational about twenty minutes from time, Thuram (76th) and Barella (82nd) ​​missing two match points for Inter, while the Rojiblancos pushed to snatch extra time under the leadership of the Dutchman. Memphis Depay, who came into play in place of Morata.

The former Lyonnais first hit Sommer’s right post (86th) before making the Metropolitano roar with an unstoppable pivoting cross strike in the area (87th, 2-1) to put the two teams back on level terms. two matches and confirm his status as a luxury joker.

The other entrant Rodrigo Riquelme had the qualifying ball offered by Griezmann at the end of added time (90th 3) but missed the target, and the two teams were unable to decide in extra time, despite opportunities from each side.

Replaced in the 106th minute of play by Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann followed his team’s unbreathable end to the match on the sidelines. Before exulting during the qualification for the quarter-final of the C1. Decisive, valuable, often well inspired, and never the last to lend a helping hand in the midfield or defensive withdrawals, “Grizou” will have fulfilled his mission.