Football: Diego Costa sent off in Atletico return after scoring to round off 2-0 home win

Atletico Madrid's Spanish forward Diego Costa, with Uruguayan defender Diego Godin, appears to be bewildered by the referee's decision to send him off for celebrating a goal with supporters in the game against Getafe. PHOTO: AFP
Atletico Madrid's Spanish forward Diego Costa celebrating a goal with supporters during the Spanish league football match against Getafe at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on Jan 6, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Atletico Madrid unleashed Diego Costa in the Spanish LaLiga on Saturday and the controversial centre-forward scored the second goal before being sent off in a 2-0 home win over regional rivals Getafe.

Atletico's transfer ban ended last week and Costa was playing his first league game since rejoining the Spanish club from Chelsea.

The victory, in which France star Antoine Griezmann set up the opener for Angel Correa on 18 minutes, lifts Atletico into second, six points behind Barcelona who play Levante on Sunday.

It also took Atletico five points clear of third-placed Valencia.

Costa had been lively the whole match and received a yellow card for a foul in the 62nd minute. Five minutes later he met a low cross to put his side 2-0 up and immediately earned a second yellow for leaping into the stands to celebrate with fans.

The brooding striker looked totally perplexed by the decision but his borderline style of play may inject some much needed bite to the Atletico forward line.

Diego Simeone's side looked as hard to beat as ever - with just eight goals conceded and one defeat in 18 league games - but they have scored only 27, with Greizmann struggling to find the net, hitting just five league goals so far.

Atletico have not won LaLiga since Costa left for London, where he won two Premier League titles in three years after rifling the Madrid club to their 10th league championship with 27 goals.

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