Costa Scores On Atletico Return
Diego Costa gets a dream start for Atletico Madrid as he scores just five minutes into his return as the club cruised to a 4-0 win at Lleida Esportiu in the Spanish Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.
Chelsea agreed to sell Costa, 29, back to Atletico in September, although he was not cleared to play until January.
And he came off the bench for his second Atletico debut after 64 minutes, before scoring his side’s third goal.
Diego Godin, Fernando Torres and Antonie Griezmann were also on the scoresheet for Atletico.
“I’m really happy to feel like a footballer again and play once more with Atletico Madrid. It was very important for me,” said Costa.
“I couldn’t have hoped for a better start to my second spell with Atletico.
Costa started the move that led to his goal, driving forward before moving the ball wide, allowing Juanfran to whip in a low cross that Costa clipped past Lleida keeper David Oliveros.
Costa appeared to have injured himself stretching to score the goal, but was able to carry on and finish the game.
The second leg against third-tier Lleida Esportiu is on Tuesday, with Atletico hosting Getafe in the league on Saturday.