Costa scores on Atleti return

Atleti could only finish third in their group. Image PA Images

Both entered the game after Diego Godin and Fernando Torres had put Atletico 2-0 ahead before the break.

The last time the Spanish striker was on the field was in May a year ago after playing in the FA Cup final for Chelsea against Arsenal.

But it nearly threatened to ruin his second debut after he injured his knee over-stretching to bag the third goal.

Atleti is nearly surely through to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, with a home return leg against Lleida coming in seven days' time.

Despite having helped the Blues to two Premier League titles during his time in England, the Spain worldwide striker found himself frozen out by Antonio Conte at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

Despite the knee worry, Brazil-born Spain global Costa was enthusiastic about his return to the club he first joined in 2007.

'It is great for me to play for Atletico Madrid again, the club are very important to me and I am very happy with this.

The move was delayed by the club's ban on registering new players which expired on January 1.

Costa will slot in beside forward Antoine Griezmann, the team's most creative player and its top goal scorer in recent campaigns who is reportedly being pursued by other clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester United. "I hope we can enjoy them for a long time", Simeone said Saturday.

Back in plenty of time for this summer's World Cup as well!

The 29-year old striker came off the bench on 64 minutes to make his second debut for Atletico and scored their third goal just five minutes later, turning in a low cross.

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