Diego Costa

  • Atletico Madrid close in on La Liga title with win over stubborn Elche 19-04-2014 08:13 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when a Miranda header and Diego Costa's late penalty secured an unconvincing 2-0 win for the leaders at home to Elche on Friday. David Villa had a penalty saved shortly after halftime at a raucous Calderon...
  • Diego Costa injured but Atletico extend lead in La Liga 14-04-2014 08:25 AM

    Barcelona: Diego Costa was carried off with a bloody leg after scoring Atletico Madrid's second goal in a 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe on Sunday, although the team said their star striker escaped without a serious injury. Atletico extended their Spanish league lead to three points with five rounds to...
  • Costa back in Atletico squad for Getafe game 12-04-2014 06:55 PM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid top scorer Diego Costa has been given the all clear by medical staff and included in the squad for Sunday's game at Getafe after shaking off a thigh strain, the La Liga leaders said on Saturday. Brazil-born forward Costa missed Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal, second leg win...
  • Atletico's Diego Costa in fitness battle to face Barcelona 08-04-2014 09:05 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid hope to have talismanic striker Diego Costa back fit against Barcelona on Wednesday when the La Liga leaders bid to pull off another Spanish surprise by reaching the Champions League semi-finals. Spain's Costa has hit 33 goals for Diego Simeone's side in a remarkable season for Atletico,...
  • Diego Costa injury not as bad as feared, Atletico say 03-04-2014 12:09 AM

    Atletico Madrid top scorer Diego Costa has strained and not torn a thigh muscle, the La Liga club said on Wednesday, suggesting the Brazil-born forward will not be sidelined for as long as feared. Costa was forced off after 30 minutes of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg at Barcelona,...
  • Atletico striker Costa doubtful for Barcelona game 01-04-2014 09:18 AM

    Barcelona: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says Diego Costa could miss the Champions League quarterfinal against Barcelona on Tuesday. Costa left Atletico's training at the Camp Nou on Monday with an apparent knock to his right leg, and Simeone told Spanish public broadcaster TVE after speaking to medical staff that...
  • Costa header keeps Atletico on top as Real Madrid lose again 27-03-2014 08:07 AM

    Madrid: Diego Costa's header gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory over Granada on Wednesday that lifted them a point clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga as Real Madrid slipped to third after losing 2-1 at Sevilla. Neymar struck twice to inspire Barcelona to a 3-0 win over...
  • Atletico pressure Real Madrid with 2-0 win at Betis 23-03-2014 11:42 PM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid beat 10-man Real Betis 2-0 on Sunday in the Spanish league to increase the pressure on Real Madrid ahead of their clasico with Barcelona. Atletico are tied on 70 points with Madrid. Gabi Fernandez opened the scoring with a long-range blast in the 58th minute, shortly after...
  • Atletico beat Milan 4-1 in 2nd leg to reach Champions League quarters 12-03-2014 03:33 AM

    Madrid: Diego Costa added two more goals to his breakout season to help lead Atletico Madrid to a 4-1 victory over AC Milan and into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday for the first time since 1997. Diego Costa jumped high to stab home at the far post following a...
  • Atletico Madrid favourite to advance in Champions League against Milan 11-03-2014 08:36 AM

    Madrid: David Villa has been unable to rediscover his consistency since he broke his leg in late 2011 but Spain's record scorer could still be crucial to Atletico Madrid's hopes of Champions League success this season. The 32-year-old Asturian, who has played second fiddle to Atletico's Brazil-born forward Diego Costa...
  • Brazilian-Belgian duo driving Atletico's title hunt in La Liga 21-02-2014 09:55 AM

    Madrid: A combative Brazil-born forward who could play a key role for Spain at the World Cup and a lanky Belgian goalkeeper on loan from Chelsea inspired Atletico Madrid to a 1-0 Champions League win at AC Milan on Wednesday. Diego Costa stole the headlines after his magnificent leap and...
  • Milan pleased with performance but left ruing result 20-02-2014 09:46 AM

    Milan: AC Milan put a brave face on another disappointing result on Wednesday, agreeing they had produced one of their best performances of the season despite suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid. Serie A's only representatives in the Champions League knockout stage hit the woodwork twice in the...
  • Atletico beat AC Milan 1-0 in Champions League last 16 20-02-2014 03:35 AM

    Milan: Atletico Madrid struggled throughout but managed to win 1-0 at AC Milan thanks to a late Diego Costa header in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday. Diego Costa headed in Gabi's corner seven minutes from time to secure victory ahead of the return match...
  • Atletico Madrid beat Valladolid to take provisional lead 15-02-2014 10:30 PM

    Barcelona: Raul Garcia scored and set up Diego Costa's 21st Spanish league goal of the season on Saturday, helping Atletico Madrid rebound from a three-game losing run by beating Valladolid 3-0 at home, to provisionally claim the competition lead. Barcelona need a victory over Rayo Vallecano later to pull even...
  • Atletico go top as Barca, Real stumble in La Liga 03-02-2014 09:04 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid took full advantage of Barcelona's rare slip-up as they pummeled Real Sociedad 4-0 on Sunday to take sole possession of the lead in the Spanish league for the first time this season. David Villa, Diego Costa, Miranda, and the newly arrived Diego scored the goals that put...
  • Barcelona ease past Malaga 3-0, reclaim top spot 27-01-2014 08:33 AM

    Spain: Barcelona were unfazed by the recent departure of their club president amid a lawsuit as they eased to a 3-0 win over Malaga on Sunday to reclaim their share of the Spanish league lead. Lionel Messi didn't score but he played a part in two goals, setting up Pedro...
  • Barcelona held to a 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid in Spanish league 12-01-2014 02:52 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid and Barcelona showed the battle for the title would be a long, drawn-out affair after the Spanish league co-leaders drew 0-0 on Saturday. Both teams finished the first-half of the season tied on 50 points after an exciting, back-and-forth showdown at Vicente Calderon Stadium yielded no winner....
  • Diego Costa nets two, Atletico beat Levante 3-2 22-12-2013 08:47 AM

    Barcelona: Diego Costa scored his Spanish league-leading 18th and 19th goals to help Atletico Madrid come back to beat a feisty Levante 3-2 on Saturday and provisionally move to the top of the table. Atletico lead Barcelona by three points before their game at Getafe on Sunday, when the defending...
  • Diego Costa scores two, Atletico beat Valencia 3-0 16-12-2013 09:08 AM

    Barcelona: Diego Costa became a one-man wrecking crew to lead Atletico Madrid to a 3-0 home win over Valencia on Sunday, scoring two second-half goals and earning a pair of penalties to ensure Diego Simeone's side retained its share of the Spanish league lead with Barcelona. The Brazilian-born striker's brace...
  • Diego Costa scores to help Atletico Madrid beat Elche 2-0 30-11-2013 10:40 PM

    Spain: Diego Costa scored his 15th goal of the Spanish league season to seal Atletico Madrid's 2-0 win at Elche on Saturday, provisionally lifting Diego Simeone's side level with Barcelona at the top of the table. Diego Costa fired in Adrian Lopez's chipped throughball to secure the three points in...
  • Pele defends Diego Costa's decision to pick Spain 05-11-2013 11:09 AM

    Sao Paulo: Pele says Brazilians shouldn't turn against Diego Costa for choosing to play for Spain instead of Brazil. The football great on Monday said Brazilians "must respect his decision." He added that Diego Costa "made the right choice" if indeed he thought he was not valued by Brazil in...
  • Costa, Villa fire Atletico past Athletic 2-0 04-11-2013 09:27 AM

    Madrid: Diego Costa and David Villa delivered again for Atletico Madrid, whose Spanish league title charge continued to gain strength on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Villa enjoyed Atletico's best opportunities at the Vicente Calderon Stadium and put the hosts ahead after 32 minutes by volleying Juanfran's...
  • Spain has given me everything, says Brazil-born Diego Costa 31-10-2013 08:41 AM

    Madrid: Diego Costa chose to play for adopted country Spain instead of Brazil where he was born because everything he has achieved professionally has been given to him by the Iberian nation, he said on Wednesday. The Atletico Madrid forward, top scorer in La Liga this season, signed a formal...
  • Brazil want to void Costa's citizenship for snub 30-10-2013 10:43 PM

    Sao Paulo: Brazilian football wants Diego Costa's Brazilian citizenship to be voided because the striker chose to snub Brazil and play for Spain. The federation's legal department told local media on Wednesday it has grounds to ask the justice ministry to strip Diego Costa of his citizenship because of his...
  • Diego Costa turning his back on World Cup dream: Scolar 30-10-2013 01:31 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has accused Diego Costa of "turning his back on the dream of millions" by pledging his international future to Spain. Brazil-born Costa has signed an official document declaring his intention to represent his adopted country, Spain's football federation (RFEF) said on its...
  • Brazil-born forward Diego Costa commits to Spain 29-10-2013 11:25 PM

    1Madrid: Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born forward Diego Costa has signed a letter underlining his intention to play for adopted country Spain. "The player communicates in the letter addressed to Julio Cesar Avellada, secretary general of the Brazilian soccer federation (CBF), his wish to be available to the Spanish national team," the...
  • I'll pick Diego Costa for Brazil: Luiz Felipe Scolari 25-10-2013 11:13 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Luiz Felipe Scolari says he will pick Diego Costa for Brazil, leaving it up to the striker to decide whether to represent his native country or world champion Spain. Diego Costa holds a Spanish passport and said he would be willing to play for Spain. Scolari had...
  • Diego Costa nets two as Atletico Madrid beats Celta Vigo 2-1 06-10-2013 05:36 PM

    Barcelona: Diego Costa scored his Spanish league-leading ninth and 10th goals of the season to give Atletico Madrid a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo on Sunday, extending its club record with an eighth win in as many games to start the season. The victory at its Vicente Calderon Stadium kept...
  • Barcelona, Atletico host lower-table opponents in La Liga 05-10-2013 11:14 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both host lower-table opponents as they try to maintain their perfect records through eight rounds atop the Spanish league. Neymar may be asked to lead Barcelona again with Lionel Messi out, but Atletico's Diego Costa has been the best player in the competition so far....
  • David Villa to lead Spain with Diego Costa unavailable 04-10-2013 04:22 PM

    Madrid: With Diego Costa unavailable and Fernando Torres injured, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will rely on David Villa to spear his attack as the World Cup champion aims to seal its spot in the 2014 tournament. Diego Costa was born in Brazil but became a Spanish citizen this year....