There weren’t many dull moments in Atlético Madrid’s 2-0 win over Getafe on Saturday. Goals on either side of halftime took care of a difficult derby rival, as Ángel Correa opened the scoring with the outside of his right foot and Diego Costa picked up a goal on his Liga Santander re-debut. But that wasn’t all the Spain striker got up to:
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62nd minute - Booked for an elbow
68th minute - Scores
68th minute - Second yellow for jumping into the crowd while celebrating.
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After the match, Correa, Lucas Hernández and Diego Simeone shared their thoughts on a nice win.
On the match:
“The match was what we expected. We played against a tough and intense rival that’s very strong defensively and plays well collectively. I think we played well.
“In the first half, other than the goal, we had great chances. The same happened in the second half until Diego Costa got sent off. We had great build up play and were always creating chances, until Costa’s red card.
“After that, we started defending well and had less offensive presence.“
On Diego Costa’s red card:
“It wasn’t an easy game for the referee, between two intense teams and I think he was trying to do his job as best as possible.
“I keep in mind all of the good things that Costa did. The referee has to follow the rules and he cannot think about emotions.
“If there is a rule, then he has to follow it. Diego transmits fear and he makes us happy to have him.
“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.”
On the match and his uptick in form:
“It was a very difficult match. We’re happy with the way we started off the year.
“I’m happy with how I’m working, trying to seize an opportunity from the coach.”
On Costa’s red card:
“I didn’t know it was a yellow card to celebrate a goal with the crowd. It’s a shame because he [Costa] is important to us, but we have to keep going.”
On the match and working as a team:
“Defensively, we were great. I think you can see it, everyone defends and everyone attacks. We need to keep that up. We need to be compact and most of all a team. We know that individually we can do things, but if we don’t work as a team we won’t accomplish anything.”