Diego Costa scores on return for Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa made a goalscoring return to Atletico Madrid with a second half strike in the clubs 4-0 win over Lleida in the Copa Del Rey.

Diego Costa
Diego Costa scored in the second half after coming on as a substitute for Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa, who joined Atletico Madrid in September for his second spell at the club, could not play for the club until January due to the clubs transfer ban which expired this month.

The 29-year-old Spain international signed for Atletico from Premier League Champions Chelsea.

Since rejoining his former club, the striker has spent most of his time training with the first team without any game time.

He came on in the 65th minute, replacing Angel Correa. It took him only 5 minutes to get his name on the score sheet after coming off the bench, putting Atletico 3-0 up in the tie.

The goal helped Atletico wrap up a routine win in the first-leg of the last 16 in the Copa Del Rey. There was no doubt they would win due to the opponents being from the third tier of Spanish football.

Goals from Diego Godin and fellow former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres gave the La Liga side a 2-0 advantage at the break.

Costa made it 3-0 in the 70th minute, before French striker Antoine Griezmann completed the scoring in stoppage time to make it 4-0 at the final whistle.

With 25 minutes now under his belt, Costa will be hoping for more game time over the weekend when Atletico face Getafe at home for the lunch time kick-off on Saturday.

Atletico currently sit 2nd in La Liga, 9 points off leaders Barcelona. They will be hoping the addition of Costa will help close the gap on the leaders in the second half of the season.