Advantage Atletico after hard-fought draw

Afp, Girona

11 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Antoine Griezmann helped Atletico Madrid edge towards the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday as they took a valuable away goal from a 1-1 draw with Girona.

Griezmann’s early shot squirmed its way in off both the crossbar and then goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz but Girona hit back before half-time through Anthony Lozano. Atletico needed a heavy dose of fortune too as they took the lead after eight minutes. Nikola Kalinic cut the ball back to Griezmann on the edge of the area and he fired it first-time towards goal.

Girona, however, pulled level shortly after the half-hour, Lozano’s guided shot met only by a weak hand from Adan on its way into the far corner.