Diego Costa made his second debut in the Atletico Madrid shirt on Saturday night, during the derby encounter against Getafe.
The striker made a controversial exit from Chelsea that saw him being re-signed by his former club months ago. However, due to their transfer ban, 2018’s first La Liga game was the earliest that he could feature in with the side.
And what a return he managed to notch, making headlines on both fronts. After scoring the match winner that sealed their victory, the 29-year-old was shown the red card.
In the 68th minute of the game, Madrid were already 1-0 up, and Costa went on to convert Vrsalijko’s low cross into a superb goal to make it 2-0. He then went on to celebrate his prodigal return in a jovial and emphatic fashion.
Unfortunately, the fact that he was already on a cautioned yellow card might have skipped his mind, as the second yellow card was swiftly brandished, and he was sent off after a six-month absence from the game.
Fans were quick to storm to Twitter to comment upon the event, while Diego Simeone had this to say: “The referee cannot think about the emotional part – he is there to follow the rules.
“After being six months out he scores a goal and wants to celebrate with the fans, but if you do that, the yellow is deserved. We must accept that. Diego brings us intensity, directness, more strength in attack, and above all he transmits fear. You can feel that and see that.”
It was indeed a remarkable performance that Costa displayed, as no hint of match rustiness was in evidence during the night.
While the suspension will mean that he will assuredly miss Atletico’s match against Lleida in the middle of the week, fans will be eager to see him back in action.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.