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Diego Simeone says Griezmann proved why Atleti wanted him

Antoine Griezmann enjoyed his finest night in an Atletico Madrid shirt in scoring a second-half hat trick at San Mames.
Raul Garcia scores on a penalty kick for Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone praised attacker Antoine Griezmann after his hat trick fired their team to a 4-1 comeback win at Athletic Bilbao in Sunday evening's La Liga meeting.

Atletico were 1-0 down at halftime at San Mames, and had looked like a team badly missing suspended top scorer Mario Mandzukic and creator Koke.

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But after the break Griezmann, replacing Mandzukic up front to make his first start since October, equalised within 30 seconds with a flying header and later twice ran...

Player Ratings: Griezmann hat trick caps Atletico's memorable year

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was full of praise for his players ahead of their final game of the year.

What a difference 15 minutes in a room with Diego Simeone can make.

Atletico Madrid went in trailing 1-0 at halftime to a greatly superior Athletic Club at San Mames on Sunday evening. Los Rojiblancos had wobbled and were outplayed by their host, which did not let them settle into any kind of rhythm. They were outfought and unusually sluggish in defence and did not look worthy of the tag La Liga champion.

Yet 45 minutes later they had won 4-1 and played quite possibly their best half of football...

Atletico Madrid cruise past Athletic Bilbao on Griezmann hat trick

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Antoine Griezmann enjoyed his finest night in an Atletico Madrid shirt in scoring a second-half hat trick at San Mames.
Antoine Griezmann was the star for Atleti as his hat trick helped them to a 4-1 win vs. Athletic Bilbao.

Antoine Griezmann scored his first hat trick for Atletico Madrid as the champions came from behind to win 4-1 at Athletic Bilbao.

Mikel Rico had put the Basques ahead in the 17th minute at a highly charged San Mames, but Griezmann levelled for the champions right at the start of the second half.

Tiago Mendes then won a hotly contested penalty which Raul Garcia converted, and with Athletic chasing the game, Griezmann scored twice more on the counterattack.

The win was just what Atletico needed after...

By ESPN Staff
2 hours ago

Highlights: Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann notched a hat-trick in their 4-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.

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1 day ago

Simeone reflects on 'magnificent' year

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was full of praise for his players ahead of their final game of the year.

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