Costa scores five minutes into return for Atletico Madrid

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With Atleti already 2-0 up thanks to strikes from Diego Godin and Fernando Torres, Juanfran squared a ball across goal before Costa converted with a clever flick.

That was Costa's first competitive goal for Atletico since he scored a penalty in their 3-1 victory over Chelsea in the Champions League back in April 2014.

Vietto, who failed to score in 10 games this season for Atletico, had found himself relegated down the pecking order there after Diego Costa's return to the club from Chelsea.

Atleti is nearly surely through to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, with a home return leg against Lleida coming in seven days' time.

Despite the knee worry, Brazil-born Spain worldwide Costa was enthusiastic about his return to the club he first joined in 2007.

His immediate goal will be to recover his full fitness after not playing since last season when he helped Chelsea win the English Premier League but fell out of favor with coach Antonio Conte.

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Costa's goal comes 99 days after Blues agreed to sell the sulking striker back to his former club for in a £67million deal, with Atletico shelling out £60m up front.

France forward Antoine Griezmann completed the scoring in stoppage time following the late dismissal of Lleida defender Marc Trilles.

Costa and fellow winter reinforcement Victor "Vitolo" Machin weren't allowed to play for Atletico until 2018 when the club's one-year ban on fielding new players expired.

"We must remain relaxed, as extremes are bad", he said.

Back in plenty of time for this summer's World Cup as well! "The team did well in a tough game, which is what makes me happiest".

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