Costa’s wild celebration leads to red card
ATLETICO Madrid's Diego Costa scored on his home debut in a 2-0 win over Getafe and was immediately sent off for an overzealous celebration as the former Chelsea striker marked a typically eventful return to La Liga.
The Spain striker hit the second goal in the 67th minute, after Angel Correa put Atletico ahead in the 18th, and rushed to the home fans behind the goal at the Wanda Metropolitano, creating a mini-surge as supporters ran down to embrace their returning hero who also played for the club from 2010-2014.
Leaving the pitch to celebrate with the fans automatically incurs a booking and, as Costa had already been shown a yellow card for elbowing Djene Dakonam seven minutes earlier, referee Jose Luis Munuera Montero had no choice but to send him off.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone said he had no complaints about Costa's sending off but also praised the striker for the galvanising impact he had on his side.
"I'd like to focus on all the good things Costa did, his presence made us more direct, he strikes fear into opponents, everyone can see that and that makes us all so happy," Simeone said.
"The referee is here to follow the rules and not make emotional decisions." Costa, who returned to Atletico from Chelsea for 57 million pounds ($98m) in September but could not play until January due to a ban on the club registering new players, will be suspended for Atletico's next Liga game at Eibar on January 13.
Atletico are second in the standings on 39 points, six behind leaders Barcelona who host Levante on Sunday.