Champions League: Costa late show gives Atletico precious Milan win

Diego Costa's header in the later parts of the second half gave Atletico Madrid a slender 1-0 win against AC Milan in Champions League.

updated: February 20, 2014 10:40 IST
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Milan: Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa headed home late on to seal a 1-0 win over AC Milan on Wednesday and give a huge boost to the Spaniards' hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Milan had kept Diego Simeone's side on a tight leash throughout a thrilling encounter at the San Siro, but after hitting the woodwork three times in the first-half the hosts were stunned in the 83rd minute when Costa rose to head inside Christian Abbiati's near post following a corner.

Atletico, currently joint top of the Spanish top flight, will now fancy their chances of qualifying for the last eight of the competition for the first time since 1997 when the sides meet at the Vicente Calderon in a fortnight.

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