Diego Costa leads Atleti to victory over Numancia

Atleti claim the first Jesús Gil y Gil Memorial Trophy in Burgo de Osma

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa vs Numancia

Costa shines in Burgo de Osma (zimbio.com)

Atleti ended their first game of the preseason with victory and a trophy, in a 4-2 win over Numancia on Sunday.

Cholo Simeone fielded the strongest line-up possible for the opening half. Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Demichelis, Filipe, Gabi, Mario, Koke, Arda, Adrián and Diego Costa played a 4-4-2 formation, with Arda and Koke on the wings.

Diego Costa opened the scoring in the 8th minute of the match, after taking advantage of the uncertainty in the Numancia’s back line. He then scored another in the 15th minute after a great through ball by Mario Suárez left him in front of the goalkeeper. He swiftly cut to the left and capitalised with a shot into the empty net.

In the 19th minute, Courtois made a magnificent save after Numancia’s Natalio controlled the ball with his chest and blasted a half-volley towards the Belgian international. The half ended with more opportunities for los Colchoneros, though nothing was made of them.

In the second half, Cholo completely changed the squad, offering young canteranos playing time. The line-up consisted of Asenjo, Samuel Villa, Nacho, Cabrera, Insúa, Tiago, Milla, Raúl García, Léo Baptistão, Aquino and Borja.

At the start of the second half Dani Aquino scored a screamer, his free kick placed to perfection as the ball headed for the upper left corner of the goal. Numancia’s Palanca followed suit, also scoring from a free kick to pull one back for the home side.

In the 64th minute, Léo scored his first goal in the red-and-white from a corner kick. After the match he stated, “I am very happy to have scored in the game, but most importantly to have made my debut with Atletico de Madrid.”

Later in the match came a dubious call for handball in the box by Insúa. Palanca scored his second goal of the match from the awarded penalty. In the dying minutes, Raúl García came close to adding a fifth, but his shot ended up hitting the post.

The match ended 4-2, with a total of five players making their debut. Demichelis, Baptistão and the canteranos Nacho, Milla and Alejo all played their first matches in the “elastica rojiblanca.”

Fans in Atleti-withdrawal will be relieved to hear that Diego Costa showcased the same outstanding form he exhibited last season, and that Courtois is still making the spectacular saves that we are accustomed to.

The team will now be traveling to South America to continue their preseason tour. They will play in Argentina versus Estudiantes de la Plata, in Peru versus Sporting de Cristal, and lastly against Club Nacional de Football in Uruguay.

Villa, Godín, Cebolla, Óliver, and Manquillo will not be traveling to South America with the rest of the team. Cholo wants them to be physically ready for the upcoming season, therefore they will remain in Segovia to undergo specific training regimens.


  • kris

    Damn, though. How I wanted to see Villa, Oliver, and Manquillo play the friendlies to see if the latter two could impress Cholo. Nothing special but let’s see if we can take this friendly cup home. Because, the team should have a winning mentality of everything they play, and I know Simeone is adding that to the team right now.

    Yehh, and Diego Costa isn’t losing form for a very very long time. I mean look at the guy, he is like effing Lebron of football, not really though, but he seems physically in shape and that is the best way to become a top player. And, he doesn’t seem to be a known giver of F@#KS to his critics,which is really great. He is gonna turn out to be a very vital player for our campaign in the Champions League and the other two, we’ll be playing in, he is gonna be scoring lots of goals. Overall, my expectations for him next season will be 35+ goals, and I know he will be able to do it. I hope with the experience of Villa, and the killing strikes of Costa, the 213/14 season is gonna turn out to be a much better one than last season in all competitions. We will have a much deeper squad with the youngsters fighting for their spot in the first team, I still want at least two more signings needed for the new season, though.

    In Cholo, we trust. Forza Atleti!

  • Great job atletico can’t wait for Villa debut.

  • Lucio

    Great summary. Thanks for the update. I was nit able to watch the gane yesterday. This post gives me a good picture of the game

  • kris

    *2013/14.*I still want at least two more genius signings for the new season, though.

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  • Vlad

    @Kris: I totally agree about Costa.. But I would be greatful if he’ll score around 20-25 goals next season. 35+ are alottttt and don’t forget are new man: Spain’s TOP SCORER!!
    Still psyched about Villa 🙂

  • kris

    Sergio Asenjo nuevo portero del Villarreal por 4 milliones.
    Sergio Asenjo has been transferred to Villarreal for four millions, guys. Your thoughts, and who will replace him?

  • Alex21

    I don’t mind it. 4 mil is way more than i thought we’d get. Asenjo for kvist? I think so.

  • kris

    He isn’t Atleti quality, but hey, he will add depth to the squad. But, who do you think will replace Asenjo as 2nd choice goalkeeper?

  • kris

    So, the total amount of money we got from selling two of our goalkeepers is 8 or 9 million euros. We could add like 5 or 6 more millions and buy Courtois in the 2014/15 season, don’t you think?

  • starvs

    Nah, Courtios is gonna be 25mil plus. Can’t go for less than De Gea….

  • kris

    ahha, true though. But you know, if Gil can have a “sweet” talk, then. But yehh, he isn’t less than 25 million.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    well Kris, there have been a lot of rumors about Osasuna goalie Andrés Fernández

    also I heard some talks about Atletico B Moroccan goalie Yassine Bounou, that he could join the first team
    he already been with the first team in Los Angeles de San Rafael and he just left 2 days ago with Aquino
    I won’t be surprised if Simeone gave him a chance in some cup games, because next season we will need another goalkeeper when Courtois leaves (I don’t believe Chelsea well sell him to us with any price)

    and I must stop to thank Asenjo for all what he gave us in 4 years,
    let’s never forget that he is one of only 2 players who have won all the 5 trophies with Atleti in the last 4 seasons (the second one is Tiago)
    he had some bad luck with the knee injury and with the great performance of de Gea then Courtois, but he is a good goalkeeper
    maybe he is not too good to be Atleti goalkeeper, but also he is not too bad to set on the bench, he deserves a full chance with another club, he still have a lot to give, he still 24, and he could comeback to Atleti some day .. why not !

    Muchas Gracias Asenjo

  • Vlad

    wow… remember when Asenjo was considred the next Casillas?? I was going crazy when we got him back then..

  • piserakos

    i remember that about before 1-2 months chelsea asked 20mil for courtois… he has contract since 2015… if he wants to stay with atletico he can not renew and press chelsea accept an offer about 18-20 mill… if not… well, he is one of the best goalkeepers we have to give a lot of money in order to buy one like him so probably we are going to buy some like andres fernadez or even roberto(from zaragosa) and why not abbiati(he can be good for 1 year and i think he will be free agent)… any way asenjo probably left and we have 8mill from our goalkeepers give some of them and bring roberto or fernandez to be courtois’ back-up and see if he can be our future n’1

  • piserakos

    just read it… assenjo on loan at villareal with option to buy for 4 millions

  • kris

    Piserakos, lol, such unreliable sources everywhere from these websites, right? I read earlier it was only to be finalized his sale, and now they are saying only on loat with a buying option of 4 millions. Asenjo missed the training session today, so I think to Villarreal is a done deal. Yehh, Fernandez would be a good back-up.

    http://www.clubatleticodemadrid.com/noticias/gimenez-se-incorpora-al-grupo Jose Gimenez attends his first training session with the team at Majadahonda. Class he was for Uruguay along the whole U-20 tournament. I think, if given chances, which surely he will get, he will shine.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    just read at AS that those are the candidates to replace Asenjo:

    Anders Fernández (Osasuna) .. as I mentioned before
    Miguel Ángel Moyá (Getafe)
    Daniel Aranzubia (Deportivo La Coruña)
    Roberto Jiménez (Real Zaragoza)

    and by the way, Domingo Cisma has signed a two-year contract with Elche, no source said for how much, but I guess it was for free .. the same way we signed him!

  • piserakos

    ahmad my brother… cisma was for free his contract finished…. moya and aranzubia are very good for back-ups the other two maybe are good enough for starters