Diego Costa's late header defeated AC Milan and put Atletico Madrid on course for a first Champions League quarter-final since 1997.

Costa powered home at the back post to beat a Milan side that earlier had the better chances.

Visiting goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois tipped on to the woodwork from Kaka and Andrea Poli respectively.

Raul Garcia, who blazed over, looked to have wasted Atletico's best opportunity before Costa's intervention.

Milan battle history

  • Only two sides have won a Champions League knockout tie of any round after losing a home first leg. Ajax beat Panathinaikos in the 1995-96 semi-finals and Inter Milan defeated Bayern Munich in the 2010-11 round of 16.

From a corner on the Atletico right, Milan defender Ignazio Abate's attempted clearance travelled almost straight up into the air.

Costa, back-pedalling, superbly generated enough power on the dropping ball to beat scrambling home goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.

With that, Milan coach Clarence Seedorf was consigned to defeat on his managerial debut in a competition he won four times as a player.

He would have earlier been encouraged by an energetic Rossoneri display far removed from the domestic struggles that sees them lie ninth in Serie A.

On his Champions League bow, Adel Taarabt, on loan from QPR, grew in confidence on the Milan right, while Kaka showed glimpses of the ability that saw him crowned world player of the year in 2007 - the last time Milan lifted the Champions League trophy.

After a bright Atletico start, Milan warmed to their task, with a move down the right involving Taarabt eventually feeding Kaka.

The Brazilian's curling shot from the corner of the box was deflected, before the flying Courtois finger-tipped the ball on to the bar.

Soon after, the Belgian on loan from Chelsea was forced into another, even better, save. This time, Taarabt's cross found Poli six yards out, with the header pushed on to the post.

Fifth-time success

  • Atletico's victory is their first European Cup knockout win in the Champions League era. In four previous games they had drawn three and lost one.

More chances would come for the home side - Kaka curling on to the roof of the net from a Mario Balotelli backheel, before the former Manchester City man fired narrowly wide from distance.

Still, it was to Courtois that Atletico were indebted, the Spanish side only managing weak headers from Costa and Garcia in the first period.

Atletico, though, were one of only three unbeaten teams during the group stage and have the confidence of a side level on points with Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of La Liga. As Milan tired, Diego Simeone's men came to the fore.

Gradually pressing Milan back, Los Rojiblancos could have taken the lead when Garcia was found on the edge of the six-yard box, only for his shot to fly high over the bar.

A goalless opening leg loomed, but that was to discount 25-year-old Costa's decisive contribution eight minutes from the full-time whistle.

There was still time for Adil Rami to drive from distance, but with his effort travelling wide, Milan were beaten and pushed towards a fifth successive knockout defeat at the hands of Spanish opponents.

AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf: "On the whole the lads showed a lot of spirit and determination and I also saw some great individual performances.

"At the end we were tired and we perhaps paid for our efforts. It's a positive result for them but the tie is not over. I know the Vicente Calderon well but the stadium also knows me."

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone: "In the first half, our goalkeeper's performance was fundamental.

"In the second, it was Diego Costa who made the difference by taking advantage of the chance that came to him.

"We know that it will still be difficult in the second leg. We have taken a solid step but there is so much still to play for at the Vicente Calderon."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Milan

  • 32 Abbiati
  • 02 De Sciglio (Abate - 26' Booked )
  • 28 Emanuelson
  • 34 N. de Jong
  • 13 Rami Booked
  • 25 Bonera Booked
  • 27 Taarabt
  • 16 Poli (Constant - 85' )
  • 22 Kaká
  • 45 Balotelli (Pazzini - 78' )
  • 15 Essien

Substitutes

  • 01 Amelia
  • 05 Mexes
  • 11 Pazzini
  • 20 Abate
  • 21 Constant
  • 81 Zaccardo
  • 95 Petagna

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois
  • 20 Juanfran
  • 22 Insúa Booked
  • 14 Gabi
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín
  • 10 Turan (Rodríguez - 74' )
  • 04 Suárez Booked
  • 19 Diego Costa Booked
  • 08 Raúl García (Adrián - 80' Booked )
  • 06 Koke

Substitutes

  • 01 Aranzubia
  • 07 Adrián
  • 09 Villa
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 24 Sosa
  • 26 Diego
Ref: Pedro Proença

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

2 4

Corners

3 6

Fouls

15 20

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Milan 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

90:00 +3:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Milan 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

90:00 +2:55

Hand ball by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).

90:00 +2:20

Urby Emanuelson (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:20

Foul by Adrián (Atlético de Madrid).

90:00 +2:01

Attempt blocked. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:39 Booking

Booking Adil Rami (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:35

Foul by Adil Rami (Milan).

90:00 +0:35

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:13

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:13

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

89:20

Foul by Daniele Bonera (Milan).

89:20

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:32

Urby Emanuelson (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:32

Foul by Adrián (Atlético de Madrid).

86:25

Attempt missed. Adil Rami (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Urby Emanuelson following a set piece situation.

85:23

Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:23

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

84:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Kevin Constant replaces Andrea Poli.

82:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Milan 0, Atlético de Madrid 1. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner following a corner.

82:16

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

80:43

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Adil Rami.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces Raúl García.

78:44

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.

77:42

Hand ball by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).

77:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Giampaolo Pazzini replaces Mario Balotelli because of an injury.

75:58

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:58

Dangerous play by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

75:06

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Adil Rami.

75:04

Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:45

Attempt saved. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Costa.

73:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Arda Turan.

73:04

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Gabi with a cross.

71:50

Foul by Daniele Bonera (Milan).

71:50

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:25

Attempt blocked. Adel Taarabt (Milan) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Michael Essien with a cross.

69:49

Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:25 Booking

Booking Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:20

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:20

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

67:36

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:36

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

66:53

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi tries a through ball, but Raúl García is caught offside.

64:53

Attempt missed. Michael Essien (Milan) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Urby Emanuelson with a cross following a corner.

64:25

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Diego Costa.

64:22

Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:12

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:12

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

62:08

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

61:30

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Koke tries a through ball, but Diego Godín is caught offside.

60:08 Booking

Booking Daniele Bonera (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:00

Foul by Daniele Bonera (Milan).

60:00

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:55

Attempt missed. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adel Taarabt.

56:58

Attempt saved. Adel Taarabt (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ignazio Abate.

56:01

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:30

Delay in match Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

54:14

Andrea Poli (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:14

Dangerous play by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

51:37

Adel Taarabt (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:37

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

50:52

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gabi.

50:01

Attempt missed. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

47:42

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

47:40

Attempt blocked. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

47:03

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

47:03

Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:42

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:42

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

46:05

Foul by Michael Essien (Milan).

46:05

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Milan 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Milan 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

44:43

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Arda Turan tries a through ball, but Diego Godín is caught offside.

43:56

Foul by Ignazio Abate (Milan).

43:56

Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:09 Booking

Booking Ignazio Abate (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:05

Foul by Ignazio Abate (Milan).

43:05

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:02

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniele Bonera.

41:32

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Arda Turan.

40:35 Booking

Booking Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:30

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:30

Foul by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

40:12

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.

38:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:22

Delay in match Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

36:32

Dangerous play by Michael Essien (Milan).

36:32

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:33

Attempt saved. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke with a cross.

35:06

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Ignazio Abate.

33:31

Kaká (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:31

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

31:34

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

31:34

Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:38

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:38

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

29:57

Attempt missed. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mario Balotelli.

29:23

Urby Emanuelson (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:23

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

27:51

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Ignazio Abate.

27:01

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

27:01

Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Ignazio Abate replaces Mattia De Sciglio because of an injury.

24:22

Attempt saved. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.

21:05

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:05

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

19:54 Booking

Booking Emiliano Insúa (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

19:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:05

Delay in match Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) because of an injury.

18:41

Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:41

Foul by Emiliano Insúa (Atlético de Madrid).

17:49

Foul by Michael Essien (Milan).

17:49

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:37

Attempt saved. Andrea Poli (Milan) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adel Taarabt with a cross.

16:54

Daniele Bonera (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:54

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

15:35

Foul by Mattia De Sciglio (Milan).

15:35

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:06

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

14:00

Attempt blocked. Kaká (Milan) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adel Taarabt.

13:25

Michael Essien (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:25

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

12:17

Attempt missed. Nigel de Jong (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adel Taarabt.

9:22

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

8:25

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

8:25

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:21

Attempt blocked. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabi with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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