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Football: Atletico coast past Milan into quarter-final

Published on Mar 12, 2014 5:51 AM
Atletico Madrid's Brazilian-born forward Diego da Silva Costa celebrates after scoring their first goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs AC Milan at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on March 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Diego Costa struck twice as Atletico Madrid thumped AC Milan 4-1 on Tuesday to send the seven-time winners crashing out 5-1 on aggregate and advance to the Champions League quarter-final for the first time this century.

Costa, who also scored in Atletico's 1-0 win at the San Siro in the first leg of the last-16 tie, put the La Liga side ahead in the third minute at the Calderon with an acrobatic volley.

Kaka levelled with a header in the 27th before Arda Turan's deflected effort sailed past Christian Abbiati five minutes before half-time to restore the home team's lead.

Raul Garcia headed Atletico's third in the 71st minute before Costa struck again five minutes from time.

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