Diego Costa scored after which was instantly despatched off on his first La Liga recreation again for Atletico Madrid as they brushed native rivals Getafe apart 2-Zero on Saturday.
Reality be instructed, in horrible climate situations on Spain’s Three Kings’ day, the referee appeared decided to make all of it about himself, brandishing yellow playing cards as in the event that they had been treats. This culminated with an absence of widespread sense: an emotional Costa celebrated with the Atleti followers after scoring his facet’s second, solely to return to the sphere of play to a second yellow. Technically it was in all probability the fitting resolution, but it surely was very petty.
Angel Correa opened the scoring with a pleasant end early on after good work from Antoine Griezmann, earlier than the Costa present began and it exhibits no indicators of slowing down. Two video games, two targets and a crimson card. Strap yourselves in!
Costa makes such a distinction to this crew. He and Antoine Griezmann already appear to be on the identical wavelength.
Costa’s crimson soured the afternoon however the refereeing show was inept generally as he fully misplaced management of the sport.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
eight — A clear sheet and again to profitable methods for Diego Simeone’s facet. The XI was very attacking, which bodes nicely.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = greatest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Jan Oblak, 6 — A snug begin to the 12 months. Didn’t actually have a save of observe to make.
DF Sime Vrsaljko, 7 — The Croatia worldwide is again to his greatest, defending stoutly and attacking with gusto. A beautiful spot and pick for Costa’s effort.
DF Stefan Savic, 6 — Did what he needed to do, with the guests not likely testing him or his centre-back companion out.
DF Diego Godin, 6 — Ditto. Stable and unspectacular, simply as you’d anticipate from the no nonsense Uruguay worldwide, who regarded refreshed after the Christmas break.
DF Lucas Hernandez, 6 — Does such a convincing job at full-back contemplating he’s enjoying out of place. Direct on the ball however the finish product was barely missing.
MF Yannick Carrasco, 6 — A type of days the place issues simply don’t fairly work out for the Belgian. Is at all times prepared and needs the ball however too typically makes the mistaken resolution and can be wanting over his shoulder with Vitolo’s shadow looming massive.
MF Gabi, 7 — Picked up a reserving which suggests he’ll miss subsequent week’s recreation towards Eibar, nonetheless used the ball nicely and saved his gamers in examine as tempers flared.
MF Koke, 7 — One other who’s wanting brisker after two weeks off. Delivered some harmful set items and linked nicely with the attacking duo. His relationship with Costa seems to be to have served the check of time.
MF Angel Correa, eight — Given one other likelihood to impress from the off and managed to make an actual influence this time, displaying composure and approach to delightfully open the scoring.
FW Antoine Griezmann, eight — Exhibiting very promising indicators of linking up with Costa. A beautiful driving run and move to feed Correa for the opener, too.
FW Diego Costa, eight — Curled an effort onto the roof of the online early on to set the tone for an all-action show. Scored, received despatched off, however he’s field workplace at its greatest.
MF Thomas, 6 — Helped shore up the midfield for the ultimate 25 minutes.
DF Jose Maria Gimenez, NR — On late with the sport gained.
FW Fernando Torres, NR — A time losing sub in stoppage time.
Joseph Walker covers Atletico Madrid for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter: @Joe_in_espana.