Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann used to live for Olympique Lyonnais, and on the day before his Champions League playoff encounter against his boyhood club, was understandably overcome with emotion:
"The moment I stepped on the Stade de Gerland pitch, I felt a lot of emotions," Griezmann said after Monday’s practice. "I even pointed out the spots in the stands where I used to sit. I can’t wait until I put my boots on tomorrow. But there’s no feeling of revenge: I just want to play."
Griezmann, who as a little boy used to come to the Stade de Gerland with his father for every Champions League game, didn’t merely “show up” to play Tuesday. In fact, he may have scored the finest goal of this year’s UCL season — and the real competition hasn’t even begun yet — with a sensational scissor kick goal that would make Wayne Rooney blush.
Griezmann was also involved in Sociedad’s second breathtaking goal of the match, which gave the La Liga side a decisive advantage heading into the return leg:
While Griezmann can be happy with his Man of the Match performance, sending his boyhood club to the brink of Champions League elimination probably made for some awkward post-game handshakes.