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Diego Costa Scores An Own Goal And Misses Penalty In Crazy Few Minutes

Ryan Sidle

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Diego Costa Scores An Own Goal And Misses Penalty In Crazy Few Minutes

Diego Costa had an incredibly poor eight minutes as Atletico Madrid faced Barcelona in a must win game for the Catalan giants.

The last few weeks have seen Quique Setien's side fall behind rivals Real Madrid in the race to win La Liga and on Tuesday night they faced Atleti, knowing they had to win.

They were helped on 11 minutes when Costa managed to convert a Lionel Messi corner into his own net, from Sergio Busquets flick on, with an excellent finish.

Things only got worse for the former Chelsea striker eight minutes later. Arturo Vidal hauled down Yannick Carrasco in the box and gave away a penalty.

The Spanish striker stepped up to make up for his earlier error but Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved the spot kick to add insult to injury.

However the officials adjudged that the German keeper had come off his line so he was booked and the penalty was ordered to be retaken.

This time Costa was kept away from penalty duties and Saul Niguez slotted home to make it 1-1 heading into the break.

For 31-year-old Costa it's hardly been his most prolific of seasons and he's scored just four goals in the right net all season for Diego Simone's side, although two of those have come since the restart, including his winner against Alaves at the weekend.

His season has been further disrupted by a fine for tax fraud.

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Ahead of the game Barca had won just three of their five games since the restart with draws away against Sevilla and Celta Vigo severely damaging their chances of retaining the title.

Off the pitch things haven't been much better with many criticising the choice to let 23-year-old Arthur move to Juventus in exchange for Miralem Pjanic, who is seven years the Brazilian's senior.

Topics: Football News, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Lionel Messi, Diego Costa, Spain, Spanish football, Real Madrid, La Liga

Ryan Sidle
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