Copa Del Rey: Diego Costa scores on Atletico debut against Lleida

Antoine Griezmann cropped

Atletico Madrid are to determine on Thursday if Diego Costa will require medical examinations to the right knee he injured on a goalscoring second debut in the 4-0 Copa del Rey rout of Lleida Esportiu.

That Costa goal made Atletico's lead an even more-comfortable 3-0. I got to play and I was lucky enough to score.

But just five minutes into his return off the bench against third-tier Lleida, Costa was back to his goalscoring ways.

Costa's goal comes 99 days after Blues agreed to sell the sulking striker back to his former club for in a £67million deal, with Atletico shelling out £60m up front.


On working with coach Diego Simeone, Vitolo added: "He is a coach with character, but in the end that is what he has transmitted to the team". But neither Mario Mandzukic nor Jackson Martinez panned out, and current striker Kevin Gameiro has only given Atletico goals in bursts. France forward Antoine Griezmann completed the scoring in stoppage time.

"We must remain relaxed, as extremes are bad", he said. The 24-year-old has struggled to settle at Los Rojiblancos since joining the club from Villarreal two years ago on a €20 million move. Besides Gameiro, Atletico's attack also includes Fernando Torres, Yannick Carrasco, Angel Correa and Luciano Vietto.

There was some concern, however, as Costa appeared to suffer an injury on the play.

Back in plenty of time for this summer's World Cup as well! I just want to get in shape to play as soon as possible, I'm exhausted of training. "I am ready to give it my all and later the coach will decide".

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