Diego Costa was carried off with a bloody leg after scoring Atletico Madrid’s second goal in a 2-0 win on Sunday at 10-man Getafe, although the team said its star striker escaped without a serious injury.
Atletico extended its Spanish League lead to three points with five rounds to play as it closes in on what would be its first league title in 18 years.
Costa slammed into the post while poking in his 26th goal of the season in the 84th minute, opening a cut on his left shin and requiring the stadium’s medical crew to carry him off the pitch while he covered his face and muffled his screams.
While teammates looked distraught as he writhed on the pitch, Atletico said after the match on Twitter that “luckily Diego Costa only has a cut after hitting the post.”
Getafe 0 lost to Atletico Madrid 2 (Godin 40, Costa 84); Espanyol 2 (Stuani 3, Colotto 88) drew with Rayo Vallecano 2 (Falque 42, Larrivey 49).