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Antoine Griezmann ‘goes full John Terry’ as Atletico Madrid star endures penalty nightmare in Copa del Rey clash

IT must be the first time Antoine Griezmann has been compared to John Terry and David Beckham.

And it’s a surprisingly painful experience the Atletico Madrid legend will not want to repeat.

Antoine Griezmann took stick online as the fall guy from the spot but his Atletico Madrid side still beat Sevilla 1-0 to reach the Copa del Rey semi-final

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Antoine Griezmann took stick online as the fall guy from the spot but his Atletico Madrid side still beat Sevilla 1-0 to reach the Copa del Rey semi-finalCredit: EPA
Griezmann could only watch his penalty balloon over on Thursday night

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Griezmann could only watch his penalty balloon over on Thursday nightCredit: AFP
John Terry slipped at the worst possible time as Man Utd went on to defeat his Chelsea team in the 2008 champions League final shootout

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John Terry slipped at the worst possible time as Man Utd went on to defeat his Chelsea team in the 2008 champions League final shootoutCredit: Getty
David Beckham tumbled to miss a 2004 penalty vs Turkey

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David Beckham tumbled to miss a 2004 penalty vs TurkeyCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

The France striker slipped when taking a penalty in Thursday’s home Copa del Rey quarter-final against Sevilla.

And fans immediately noticed the similarity to famous spot-kick misses by two members of England’s golden generation.

Yet Griezmann slid over a split-second after making contact with the ball as he skied the left-footed effort over.

Terry‘s penalty woe could hardly have come at a worse time nor looked more undignified.

He ended up on his backside cradling his head in despair after blowing a shootout kick that would have won the Champions League for Chelsea in 2008.

Instead, Manchester United went on to win 6-5 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

In contrast, Beckham‘s tumble was far less costly.

True, it meant England had to settle for a 0-0 Euro qualifying draw away to Turkey in 2004 – but they still qualified comfortably for the finals.

One viewer said of Griezmann: “Bro have been watching John Terry so far.”

Other fans took the same path – on a “trip” down memory lane.

Such observations included: “John Terry vibes” … “I’ll never forget John Terry” and “Beckham style”.

But another viewer oiled the wheels of an escape route for Atletico’s 32-year-old ex-Barcelona man.

He posted: “Maybe there was ‘Griez’ on the field making it slippery.”

And a further fan hatched a bizarre theory after noting how late the 32-year-old seemed to slide.

The super-sceptical viewer claimed: “Looks like he intentionally fell after missing the kick.”

Fortunately for Griezmann, Atletico winger Memphis Depay later pounced for the only goal of the game on 79 minutes.

Beckham was taunted by Turkey’s Alpay Ozalan over his Euro qualifier penalty woe

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Beckham was taunted by Turkey’s Alpay Ozalan over his Euro qualifier penalty woeCredit: AP:Associated Press
John Terry has said he still thinks of his penalty miss 16 years ago

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John Terry has said he still thinks of his penalty miss 16 years agoCredit: Getty

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