FC Copenhagen 1 Atletico Madrid four: Antoine Griezmann steals the show after Viktor Fischer’s shock opener

ATLETICO MADRID put one foot in the Europa League final-sixteen – regardless of falling behind towards Copenhagen.

The Danish hosts took an unlikely early lead via former Middlesbrough striker Viktor Fischer.

 Antoine Griezmann had a hand in three of Atletico's four goals in Denmark

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Antoine Griezmann had a hand in three of Atletico's 4 objectives in Denmark
 Viktor Fischer stunned Atletico with FC Copenhagen's early opener

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Viktor Fischer surprised Atletico with FC Copenhagen's early opener

Nevertheless it took simply 5 minutes for Saul Niguez to degree for the La Liga giants as he defied the swirling snow to go in from an Antoine Griezmann nook.

And Atleti by no means appeared again as Griezmann stole the show at the Parken Stadium.

The Frenchman’s intelligent move discovered Theo Hernandez earlier than half-time and the left-again squared for Kevin Gameiro to fireside Diego Simeone’s aspect into the lead.

Griezmann, 26 – who clashed together with his personal followers earlier this month amid rumours of his impending departure – then ran onto Yannick Carrasco’s ball to make it three after the break.

 Saul Niguez met Griezmann's corner to nod Atletico level just five minutes after conceding

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Saul Niguez met Griezmann's nook to nod Atletico degree simply 5 minutes after conceding

And Vitolo struck a fourth away aim when Peter Ankersen misplaced the ball on the fringe of his personal field.

Simeone was delighted together with his aspect – who gained the competitors in 2010 and 2012 – for sticking to their recreation-plan regardless of conceding a shock opener.

The Argentinian stated: “It was an excellent match. I'm proud of the efficiency basically. The group began the match understanding what needed to be executed.

 Antoine Griezmann connected with Yannick Carrasco's through ball to score Atletico Madrid's third

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Antoine Griezmann related with Yannick Carrasco's via ball to attain Atletico Madrid's third
 Diego Simeone was delighted with Atletico Madrid's comeback in Denmark

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Diego Simeone was delighted with Atletico Madrid's comeback in Denmark

“We conceded, however that didn't change or recreation-plan. With onerous work and good play, we discovered the equaliser and it was simpler to attain after that. It was an excellent match with an excellent response from the workforce.

"Griezmann has been enjoying nicely these previous few months. He performs higher when the workforce does as nicely.

“He's in good type and celebrated his aim together with his mates who have been warming up, a pleasant gesture.”

Title-chasing Atletico host Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday earlier than the return leg with the Danes subsequent Thursday.

ATLETICO MADRID put one foot in the Europa League final-sixteen – regardless of falling behind towards Copenhagen.

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