Champions League - 2nd Leg
Atl MadridAtlético Madrid4AC MilanAC Milan1

Atletico Madrid 4-1 Milan (agg 5-1)

By Graham ChaseBBC Sport
Diego Costa
Diego Costa

Diego Costa kept up a record of scoring in every Champions League game he has played this season as Atletico Madrid beat AC Milan to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1997.

The striker, who scored the only goal of the first leg, volleyed in Koke's cross after two minutes.

Kaka's header pulled one back but Arda Turan scored with a deflected effort.

Raul Garcia headed in a third before Costa found the bottom corner from 10 yards with five minutes left.

Costa, who recently made his Spain debut, has hit seven goals in five Champions League appearances this season, and has scored 29 times in all competitions.

Having matched Real Madrid and Barcelona all season in La Liga, where they sit second, Atletico will be growing in belief that they can sustain their European campaign as well.

Diego Simeone's side have won 16 of their last 17 home matches in Europe, and few teams will relish facing them in the last eight.

The exit of seven-time winners Milan means that there will be no Italian side in the last eight of the Champions League for the first time in five years.

For all the talk of the attacking quality in Milan's starting line-up, Atletico's early energy and pressing looked like it would sweep through the visitors.

They moved ahead on the night when Michael Essien was robbed by Gabi on the touchline and Koke clipped a cross over for Costa to guide in on the volley.

Garcia turned just past the post from a Koke free-kick as the home side continued to dominate.

But gradually the Spaniards dropped deeper and Milan moved level when Andrea Poli lifted a cross to the far post and Kaka headed in.

The Brazilian should have moved his team ahead on away goals shortly after that but turned the ball wide after being picked out by a cross from on-loan QPR man Adel Taarabt.

Atletico restored their two-goal aggregate cushion when Turan's shot looped up off Adil Rami and over Christian Abbiati.

The home side looked more comfortable playing on the break after the interval - and from a Milan corner, they almost killed the tie when Costa fed Gabi and the midfielder's shot clipped the post.

Mario Balotelli had a free-kick deflected over and Robinho had an effort from a narrow angle pushed away by on-loan Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Any chance of a comeback was ended when Koke's free-kick was headed in by Atletico captain Garcia.

Costa made the scoreline even more comfortable when he latched on to a loose ball from Jose Sosa and thumped in a low cross-shot.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 6KokeSubstituted forRibas da Cunhaat 82'minutes
  • 4Suárez
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 8Garcia EscuderoBooked at 4minsSubstituted forSosaat 72'minutes
  • 10TuranSubstituted forRodríguezat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 9Villa
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 22Insúa
  • 24Sosa
  • 26Ribas da Cunha

AC Milan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 32Abbiati
  • 20Abate
  • 28Emanuelson
  • 15EssienSubstituted forPazziniat 69'minutes
  • 13RamiBooked at 7mins
  • 25BoneraBooked at 70mins
  • 27TaarabtSubstituted forde Souzaat 45'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 34de JongSubstituted forMuntariat 78'minutes
  • 45BalotelliBooked at 45mins
  • 16Poli
  • 22Dos Santos Leite

Substitutes

  • 1Amelia
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 4Muntari
  • 5Mexes
  • 7de Souza
  • 11Pazzini
  • 81Zaccardo
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 4, Milan 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 4, Milan 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Poli (Milan).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sulley Ali Muntari.

  6. Post update

    Adil Rami (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Sulley Ali Muntari with a through ball.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 4, Milan 1. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by José Sosa.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Diego replaces Koke.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Robinho (Milan).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Daniele Bonera (Milan).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Milan. Sulley Ali Muntari replaces Nigel de Jong.

  17. Substitution

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kaká (Milan).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).