Griezmann after his penalty was saved.

Video: Antoine Griezmann misses another penalty – and Diego Simeone applauds

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There is no doubt that Antoine Griezmann has established himself as Atletico Madrid's main man, scoring 62 goals in 113 games for the club following his move from Real Sociedad in 2014.

The 25-year-old forward is quick, hard-working, clinical in one-on-one situations and posseses both creativity and excellent movement. All that said, one thing which is up for debate is his penalty-taking ability.

Diego Simeone's men travelled to 16th placed Valencia in the early La Liga kick-off, and, as you can see in the video further down the page, Griezmann's spot-kick was brilliantly saved by Diego Alves.


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A minute before half-time, with the game poised at 0-0, the French star had the opportunity to give Atletico the lead at the Mestalla but his effort was athletically kept out by Valencia's 31-year-old goalkeeper:

While it was a fine save from Alves, diving at full stretch and getting a strong hand to the ball, it continues Atletico's long-standing troubles from penalties.

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As seen in the video above, Simeone produced a comical reaction to Griezmann being denied and surely the 46-year-old Argentine manager will have to consider whether or not his star man should continue taking them for his side.

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In last season's Champions League final alone, the France international missed from 12 yards out with Real Madrid 1-0 ahead before Juanfran missed the decisive spot-kick in the shoot-out.

It means Griezmann has missed three out of four penalties in the Spanish top flight and two out of three in Europe. Meanwhile, Atletico captain Gabi has scored six of his seven league penalties and playmaker Koke has found the back of the net with nine of his ten penalty kicks.

Griezmann partially made up for his error in the 63rd minute when he kept his cool inside the box following good work from Kevin Gameiro to fire the Madrid club into the lead after Fernando Torres' initial shot was saved.


Six minutes later Atleti were awarded another penalty and Gabi stepped up to take it instead of Griezmann, however he also couldn't beat Alves - who has now saved 19 of the 37 La Liga penalties he has faced.

Atletico ran out 2-0 winners thanks to Gameiro's stoppage time second and now find themselves at the top of the table, with Real and Barcelona both in action later today.

Will Atletico challenge Barcelona and Real for the La Liga title again this year? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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