Caltex Socceroos World Cup opponent watch: Griezmann stars for Atletico

French attacker Antoine Griezmann has again shown why he’s one the Caltex Socceroos will need to stop at the FIFA World Cup after starring for Atletico Madrid in the Europa League on Friday (AEDT).

Griezmann was at his sublime best as the La Liga heavyweights, scoring one and having a hand in two others as Atletico crushed FC Copenhagen 4-1 in Denmark in their Round of 32 first leg clash.

Despite going behind at the Telia Parken, Atletico scored twice in each half to put one foot into the last 16 of the tournament.

And it was Griezmann who stole the show for Diego Simeone’s troops.


It was his cross on 21 minutes which was headed in by Saul to level the scores.

Griezmann was then involved in Atletico’s second goal eight minutes before the break as his classy flick between his legs released Lucas Hernandez who cut it back for Kevin Gameiro to score.

The France superstar then got on the scoresheet himself to make the result safe on 71 minutes.

Griezmann beat the offside trap to get on the end of Yannick Carrasco’s through ball and sliding it past the onrushing keeper.

Vitolo added a fourth late on for Atletico for a comfortable win.

Greizmann’s form is sure to have the Caltex Socceroos on alert as France will be Australia’s first opponent in Group C in Russia on June 16.