Diego Costa sent off after scoring on second Atletico Madrid La Liga debut


Diego Costa’s return to La Liga action with Atletico Madrid proved to be bittersweet as the striker was sent off immediately after finding the net.

The former Chelsea striker tapped home from close range to put Diego Simeone’s men 2-0 up with 68 minutes gone of a feisty derby clash with Getafe and charged into the crowd to celebrate his effort. The Spain international striker, however, had already been booked for a stray elbow earlier in the second half, and was shown a second yellow for his exuberance. 

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It was the second time in as many matches in which the 29-year-old had found the net for the capital side. He came off the bench in a midweek Copa del Rey clash against Lleida Esportiu and scored the goal that made it 4-0 to Simeone’s side.

Saturday’s clash, however, was the first time that he had started a match for Atleti since his return to the club was announced in September following an acrimonious departure from Stamford Bridge.

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