Atlético Madrid 2-1 Osasuna: Diego Costa paves the way for the 18 points
Atlético will visit Real Madrid next Saturday with a perfect six wins in six games. Osasuna battled in the second half, but the winning Atleti mentality replenishes each game.
Don Francisco Espino, an Atletico Madrid socio, who had colchonero since Aug. 1, 1933 passed away early Tuesday morning. The game got under way with a chant that went along the lines – “Atleti hasta la muerte” (Atleti till death). Diego Costa captured the message that came from the stands.
Diego Costa is sliding, slipping, cheering, fighting, and scoring all made into one player that wears the no. 19 jersey. The game took one rhythm because one player wanted to leave a pleasant memento.
Osasuna had the first chance to get on the scoreboard after Sisi had his shot hit the post, after deflecting from Miranda and Godín. But it was Atleti that had the initiative on its side, Javier Gracia’s side was not a team that cause stirs of fear on Simeone’s defenders.
The first goal started from the middle, just above the centre-half, with Arda Turan finding Juanfran on the right flank. Juanfran received a troubling pass and directed it to the centre of the box, looking for Leo Baptistao, but finding a Diego Costa who pin-balled the ball into the corner of the goal, 1-0.
Six minutes later, in the 24th minute, Diego Costa headed in the 2-0, after a pass from MilinKoke, as baptized by colchonero idol, Kiko Narvaez. It is Koke’s right foot that is reminding Atleti’s faithful of Serb Milinko Pantic.
The 2-1 came close to halftime after a flaw in defense that left Oriol Riera free to tip in the ball after an Osasuna free-kick. Atleti lowered intensity, while Osasuna was surprised with an unanticipated present.
Osasuna reawakened after the 2-1, there was a shimmer of hope on the limited progression made on the attacking end, and was also helped by lack of focus from the Atlético defenders like Miranda and midfielders like Tiago, who wore the captain’s armband in the game.
One shot that was badly taken by Armenteros in the 54th minute and 66th minute from Damia. Armenteros’ miss was shot on the foot for Osasuna because in came after a rare Miranda mistake. Osasuna’s attack continue to be premature, but it near to believe on a tie. The 18 points were in danger.
David Villa came into the match in the 63rd minute for Leo Baptistao, his appearance on the pitch woke up the crowd. While the connection Costa-Turan made one of their mischiefs; it eventually came down to a miss by Turk who made an extra dribble instead of taking a strong shot.
Cholo Simeone received the chant from the crowd in both halves, and with them came raining down claps as the team acted defensively. They applauded the take aways from Tiago, or the Diego Costa’s runs that would provoke the corner kicks. It was about protecting the lead, looking for the third was essential, but most essential was maintaining a balance pace that would lead to victory.
The game finished with a 2-1 win, and a Diego Costa memento of greatness, or him just being Diego Costa.
Atlético Madrid 2-1 Osasuna
Referee: Javier Estrada Férnandez
Atlético Madrid XI: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Insua; Arda (76′), M. Suárez (46′), Tiago, Koke (76′); Costa, Leo Baptistao (63′).
Goals: Diego Costa (18′), Diego Costa (24′)
Subs: Gabi (46′), Villa (63′), Rodriguez (76′)
Yellow Cards: M. Suárez (42′), Juanfran (69′), Tiago (86′)
Osasuna XI: Fernández; Marc, Arribas, Loties, Damia; Puñal (67′), Silva; Sisi, Raoul Loe (82′), Armenteros; Oriol Riera (76′)
Goals: Oriol Riera (42′), Diego Costa (72′)
Subs: Ariel Nuñez (67′), Onwu (76′), Lolo (82′)
Yellow Cards: Lolo (87′)