La Liga: Osasuna 0 – 2 Atlético

Diego Costa strikes twice and earns Atlético two points

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa against Osasuna

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa against Osasuna

After going two games without a win, Atlético Madrid have returned to their winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Osasuna.

Diego Costa celebrated his 100th La Liga appearance with a brace and Man of the Match honours.

Osasuna looked dangerous early on as Oier headed wide and Masoud curled his free kick just inches past the post.

After half an hour Atlético took the lead. Koke escaped the offside trap with a great diagonal run and squared the ball for Diego Costa who scored his own rebound after Andrés blocked his first attempt.

It was a moment exactly as Simeone loves them in games on the road. After soaking up the pressure in the opening 30 minutes, Atleti got out quickly and converted with their first attempt on goal.

Immediately after the goal Thibaut Courtois pulled off an amazing save to deny Oier and a minute later Masoud headed just wide. It would be a recurring theme throughout the match, with Osasuna threatening through headers but constantly finding Courtois in their way. In the added time of the first half the Belgian stopped another two tries from Oier to help his team maintain a minimal lead.

That lead was extended shortly after the break when Diego Costa tapped in Koke’s inviting cross from close range. With his second goal Costa seemed on his way to repeat his performance from two seasons ago, when he scored his one and only La Liga hat-trick at the Reyno de Navarra.

He came very close after he was put through on goal by Arda Turan, but Costa shot straight at the excellent Andrés Fernández. The Brazilian would later leave the game due to what appeared to be an ankle injury and might be a doubt for his first ever call-up to the Brazilian national team.

Andrés did well to block shots by Falcao, Koke and Cebolla, while Courtois continued to deny Oier and his teammates.

Atlético comfortably played out the remainder of the game and will now enjoy a week off due to the upcoming international break.

Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Cata Díaz, Filipe; Arda (“86 C. Rodríguez), Gabi, Mario, Koke; Diego Costa (“75 Adrián) and Falcao.

Goals: 0-1 Diego Costa (“35); 0-2 Diego Costa (“48)

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    What do people think about the early call for a penalty on Falcao? Not sure.

    I hope Falcao scores next game.

    Almost all major strikers (#9’s) aren’t in good scoring form. Falcao being the least affected by this “strike” of the strikers.

    Van Persie hasn’t scored in about 9/10 games while Cavani didn’t score in about 6 games until today.

    Aguero is also performing below standards at City.

    Falcao isn’t scoring as much but he is still getting on the scoresheet. He will definitely get back on track soon though.

  • Gambo

    Again no Oli,
    He remains a great warrior creator, but is not exactly super strong at including youngsters.
    Better than Flores, but that alone is just not good enough. Today they won, but trying a creative player instead of Garcia, even if inexperienced, could prove very worthwhile.

  • Edward

    Van Persie a major striker ? Overrated imo

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    anybody noticed that this is the 3rd game in a row that Simeone only make 2 substitutions ?! does not he trust his bench ?!! and when will he give Oliver a chance ? … the last 3 matches ended with the 3 different results, draw, lose & win , and he did not give the kid even 5 minutes in any of them, even tonight when we secured the game with 2-0 !!

    dear Cholo, you are in charge of this team until 2017 and it’s your responsibility to build a stronger team and make new stars … and they are only made by playing big games.

  • piserakos

    not really excited with the team yesterday… it’s so importand to improve our offensive game koke gabi and costa do all of this… turan, falcao, filipe and juanfran MUST pick up their form… also no help at last matches from (garcia, adrian etc) he should use oliver i saw him against rayo he was really good

  • FancyFartPants

    arda is given a way too defensive role,, its like tellin cristiano ronaldo to help defense more then attack.. well defense willl be at least good, but attack will be most likely not good.