UCL: Antoine Griezmann Appears to Hurl Nasty Insults at Alexis Sanchez for Missing Penalty

UCL: Antoine Griezmann Appears to Hurl Nasty Insults at Alexis Sanchez for Missing Penalty

Rene Otinga
updated at March 14, 2024 at 3:57 PM
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  • Atletico Madrid advanced to the Champions League quarter finals via penalties
  • Inter’s Alexis Sanchez missed a crucial spot kick on Wednesday, March 13
  • Cameras picked up Antoine Griezmann’s reaction to Sanchez’s miss

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann courted controversy after he appeared to insult Inter Milan’s Alexis Sanchez on Wednesday, March 14.

Griezmann’s club advanced to the Champions League last 8 at the expense of the Nerazzuri as they triumphed via a penalty shootout.

Antoine Griezmann appeared to hurl expletives at Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean missed a penalty.
Antoine Griezmann was ecstatic after Alexis Sanchez missed a penalty for Inter Milan. Photo: David Ramos/Maria de Gracia Jiménez.
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Inter, who won the first let 1-0, looked on course to knock the Spanish giants out after Federico Dimarco opened the scoring in the 33rd minute.

The home side however got back in the game, equalising through Griezmann.

Substitute Memphis Depay then forced the game into extra time with a low shot in the 87th minute to send the home crowd into delirium.

The two teams could not be separated by extra time, and the game boiled down to penalties, as reported by BBC.

Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak emerged as the hero of the day, saving penalties from Sanchez and Davy Klaassen. Lautaro Martinez then blasted his effort over the bar as Atletico won the shootout 3-2.

Griezmann ‘insults’ Sanchez

One interesting moment during the penalty shootout was when Griezmann reacted to one of Inter’s penalty misses.

In a video shared by @footballitalia on X, formerly Twitter, cameras panned to the French forward immediately after Sanchez’s tame effort was parried by Oblak.

Griezmann, in all excitement, celebrated emphatically while also appearing to mutter some inappropriate words to describe the former Manchester United winger.

How Champions League draw will work from next season

Sports Brief also reported on how the Champions League draw will be conducted from the 2024/25 season.

The new format of the competition will feature 36 teams instead of the normal 32, with all teams playing in one group stage.

As a result, UEFA will incorporate the use of computers to determine the draw, moving away from the previous manual system.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.