Griezmann hits Leganes for four | The Daily Star
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Griezmann hits Leganes for four

Frenchman sets sights on Barca

Antoine Griezmann made it back-to-back hat-tricks by putting four goals past Leganes and now Atletico Madrid's star striker has Barcelona in his sights.

Atletico and their French maestro go up against the La Liga leaders on Sunday and will arrive brimming with confidence after subjecting Leganes to a 4-0 demolition, with Griezmann again the star of the show.

His quadruple, fired off in 32 minutes either side of half-time, means he now has seven goals in two games following last weekend's treble against Sevilla, and 12 in his last nine. For comparison, Lionel Messi has hit five goals in the same period.

Atletico have cut the gap at the top of La Liga to four points, but Barcelona have a game in hand at Las Palmas.

However, Griezmann will be the player in focus before the weekend. "I've never scored at Camp Nou. I want to score and to celebrate," Griezmann said. "I want to do something big with my club and my opportunity."

In the 25th minute, a defence splitting pass from Koke set Griezmann away and, after shrugging off the scrambling Gumbau, he slid the ball past Ivan Cuellar. Ten minutes later he was celebrating his second. Again he had Koke to thank, the midfielder winning the foul after a brilliant flick on the edge of the area and this time Griezmann dispatched the free-kick with a curling shot into the corner.

Leganes' early impetus was now extinguished and 10 minutes into the second half, Griezmann completed his hattrick.

After nonchalantly allowing Costa's pass to run through his legs and reach Filipe Luis, Griezmann darted into the box, jumped high and met the cross with a bullet header into the net.

If his first three goals demonstrated speed, technique and movement, Griezmann's fourth owed much to a slice of luck, a mishit finish from Costa's cross.

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