Diego Costa Scores Four And Is Sent Off During Real Madrid Hammering

Diego Costa Scores Four And Is Sent Off During Real Madrid Hammering

It was a typical Diego Costa performance as the striker scored four goals and was sent off during Atlético Madrid's 7-3 hammering of Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup friendly in New Jersey.

Both sides included new attacking signings as Zinedine Zidane started Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic while João Félix lined out against them. Yet it was familiar face Costa who stole the headlines in his distinctive way, demonstrating skill and overkill in equal measure.

Within a minute Costa had beaten Thibaut Courtois to make it 1-0. By the time he was sent off it was 6-1. Costa's fourth was a sublime chip after a well-timed run.

The red card duly came just after the hour mark, while Dani Carvajal was also dismissed.


For Real Madrid, goals from Nacho, a Karim Benzema penalty and Javi Hernández Carrera did little to make it competitive. It could also be the last game for winger Gareth Bale. The Welshman came on as a second-half substitute amid but looks set for a big-money move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning before the transfer window closes.

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