Costa scores on Atleti return

Diego Costa scored just five minutes after coming on as a substitute on his return to Atletico Madrid as the Spanish club defeated Lleida Esportiu in their Copa del Rey first-leg on Wednesday night.

Costa was playing his first match for Atleti since returning to Spain from Chelsea in September.

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.

Diego Godin, Fernando Torres and Antonie Griezmann grabbed the other goals as Atleti ran out comfortable 4-0 winners against their third tier opponents and take a big step towards the last eight.

Costa moved from Atletico to Chelsea for around £30m in 2014 and scored 59 goals in 120 games for the Blues in all competitions.

He was the Stamford Bridge club’s top scorer with 20 Premier League goals as Chelsea won the title last season, before being sensationally frozen out by manager Antonio Conte in the summer.

After Conte told him by text message he was no longer part of his plans, the Spain international spent much of the summer in Brazil before a deal was done with his former club.

A transfer ban meant that Costa could only be registered as a player for Atleti in January.

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