Luis Suarez partnered Diego Costa for the primary time and scored as Atletico Madrid beat struggling Celta Vigo 2-0 in La Liga on Saturday. However the Suarez-Costa mixture got here to an early finish as Costa was compelled off injured within the second half. Sitting within the stands, Costa was seen along with his face in his arms and he was additionally hobbling after the ultimate whistle. He’s now more likely to miss Atletico’s Champions League opener away at Bayern Munich on Wednesday. Atletico climb to fourth, two factors behind early leaders Actual Madrid and one forward of Barcelona, after the win. Celta, in the meantime, have managed just one win from their first six video games and sit thirteenth.
This was a much-needed victory for Atletico after back-to-back goalless attracts had dampened enthusiasm, following their 6-1 opening win in opposition to Granada.
Suarez made his debut that day, coming off the bench to attain twice when Granada had been already down and out, however his early strike formed this sport in opposition to Celta, till Yannick Carrasco headed in a second in injury-time.
Diego Simeone had stored Suarez and Costa aside by utilizing one to substitute the opposite in every of Atletico’s first three matches however he paired them collectively from the beginning at Balaidos, with Joao Felix on the bench.
Costa predicted final month they’d be a handful collectively, saying “it will likely be good, one bites, the opposite one kicks.”
There have been glints of chemistry, with Suarez lacking an opportunity for a second from the Costa cross that precipitated him to really feel ache in his decrease leg.
“He is necessary due to his profession and what he has finished at Atleti,” mentioned Suarez. “We attempt to adapt to one another regardless of by no means having performed collectively earlier than.”
Felix additionally impressed when he got here on and can present a extra inventive, if much less combative, foil for Suarez in Costa’s absence.
After changing the injured Costa submit half-time, it was Felix’s curling shot that hit the bar, permitting Carrasco to nod within the rebound.
Suarez had earlier put Atletico in entrance within the sixth minute, sweeping in after 20-year-old left-back Manu Sanchez picked him out with a intelligent pull-back.
There was additionally a debut for Lucas Torreira, the Uruguayan signed on mortgage from Arsenal, who was energetic and tidy in central midfield, regardless of feeling some cramp late on.
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