La Liga: Atlético 2 – 1 Osasuna

Diego Costa brace sees Atleti past Osasuna

Diego Costa against Osasuna

Diego Costa scores against Osasuna (AS)

There is no stopping Atlético.

After winning their first five games of the season, the Colchoneros added another win to their record in La Liga’s first round of midweek games.

On Tuesday night the men in red and white beat Osasuna more comfortably than the scoreline would suggest, and with their perfect record intact, Atleti can now focus on the upcoming derby against Real Madrid.

The goals against the Pamplonans were both scored by Brazilian phenom Diego Costa, but not after the visitors had fired the first shot. A strike from distance by Sisi took two deflections before smashing against the post.

In the 18th minute, Juanfran did well to control the ball and then cross it from the right. Due to some apathetic defending by Osasuna’s defence, the pass ended up at Diego Costa, who calmly slotted the ball past Andrés Fernández to score yet another goal against the team he has most often scored against.

Only a few minutes later, Costa scored the ninth goal of his career against Osasuna when he headed in a superb cross by Koke. It was DC19’s seventh goal of the campaign, tying Lionel Messi at the top of the Pichichi table, while also putting his club level with the Culés in the La Liga leaderboard.

Atlético continued to threaten from crosses as Koke’s set pieces proved to be more than Osasuna could handle, but attempts by Arda and Diego Godín went wide of the goal.

Shortly before the break, Oriol Riera pulled one back for the Rojillos to make it 2-1. It was only the first time after Sisi’s chance early on that Osasuna even came close to Courtois’ goal, but when they did, Riera made us pay for poor defending on a free kick from the left wing.

After the break, Atleti seemed determined to restore our two-goal lead, with Léo Baptistão and Diego Costa linking up, but the latter’s attempt posed no threat to Andrés Fernández.

With just one goal between the teams, Osasuna started to believe in a result, and they could have taken more from this game if Riera had been more careful with an opportunity he was given after a slip up by Miranda. Some minutes later, left back Damià also lacked the composure to make the most out of a shot from inside the area.

Atlético’s performance dropped in the second half, and despite controlling the entire match, the home team was sloppy with their passing and mostly uninventive with their attacks. Out of nowhere, Arda Turan could have put the result beyond doubt, but the Turk volleyed wide after a magnificent cross from Koke.

In the final minutes, Emiliano Insúa, who like Baptistão got a rare start, tried his luck from distance twice, but little happened in front of either goal as the final whistle approached. Despite never playing to the best of their abilities, Atlético managed to win and even save some energy in the process, and they will now start looking forward to their upcoming game on Saturday in which they’ll defend the top spot in La Liga as well as the claim of being the best team in Madrid.

Then we’ll see if this team can be stopped.

Atlético Osasuna
Atlético 21 Osasuna
Diego Costa 18'Oriol Riera 43'
Diego Costa 25' 
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderon
Date 24 September 2013
Kick Off 22.00 CET

Team Lineups

Koke (77')
Mario (46')
Léo Baptistão (64')
Diego Costa
Substitutes used
Gabi (46')
Villa (64')
Cristian Rodríguez (77')
Puñal (68')
Loe (82')
Riera (78')
Substitutes used
Núñez (68')
Onwu (78')
Lolo (82')

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  • Great job…. off 2 Santiago Barnabeu now searching for our next victory, no going back.

  • Will

    Arda also had an almost one-to-one opportunity and missed. The performance dropped a lot in the 2nd half, but good job once it was a ‘rotated’ team. Now, let’s face RMadrid… which is a long time without beating us.

  • starvs

    Second half really wasn’t good enough, can’t be playing like that if we want a legit shot at winning the league, but it was good enough this time thankfully.

    Got the three points and maintained momentum before derby, in the end all that matters.