November 24, 2018

Costa broke his drought, the deadlock and his adductor


Diego Costa scored his first goal of the season in the always intense clash with Barcelona, but the goal cost him dearly. Wrestling with Rafinha to head the ball, he injured himself.

It was Rafinha who marked Diego Costa in the penalty area. A somewhat strange marking, because the difference in size and power between the two is quite remarkable.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian midfielder tried to follow his compatriot, who took him away with a subtle push with the palm of his hand as he ran to finish off Griezmann's corner at the far post past Ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal.

The ball brushed Ter Stegen's fingertips and crept into his goal. Surprised or not by the defensive error, it seems clear that the German goalkeeper could have done more to avoid conceding the goal.

But it wasn't all joy for the Spanish-Brazilian. Whether it was a shot, a fight with Rafinha or a euphoric celebration, Diego Costa managed to injure himself, and Simeone was forced to substitute him.


Diego Costa scored his first goal of the season in the always intense clash with Barcelona, but the goal cost him dearly. Wrestling with Rafinha to head the ball, he injured himself.

It was Rafinha who marked Diego Costa in the penalty area. A somewhat strange marking, because the difference in size and power between the two is quite remarkable.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian midfielder tried to follow his compatriot, who took him away with a subtle push with the palm of his hand as he ran to finish off Griezmann's corner at the far post past Ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal.

The ball brushed Ter Stegen's fingertips and crept into his goal. Surprised or not by the defensive error, it seems clear that the German goalkeeper could have done more to avoid conceding the goal.

But it wasn't all joy for the Spanish-Brazilian. Whether it was a shot, a fight with Rafinha or a euphoric celebration, Diego Costa managed to injure himself, and Simeone was forced to substitute him.