Monday, April 14, 2014

Diego Costa mooned by fan during penalty kick, then suffers nasty leg injury (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

To say Diego Costa's Sunday on the pitch wasn't all it was cracked up to be depends on how you look at it.

First, the Atletico Madrid star was mooned by a fan as he attempted to take a penalty shot — in which he failed miserably. 

It was not clear whether the fan distracted Costa as he took the crack at goal.

Later, in the same match, the 25-year-old striker was stretchered off the pitch with a nasty looking split shin after slamming into a goalpost while scoring in the  2-0 victory against Getafe.

But, even after the rough afternoon for Costa,  there were at least two pieces of good news for Atletico — his team won and his injury was not considered serious. Costa will be fit to face Chelsea in the Champions League on April 22 and could even return in Friday's Primera Division clash with Elche after being bandaged up at the stadium.

While his teammates looked distraught as he writhed on the pitch, Atletico said less than 10 minutes after the match on Twitter: “Luckily Diego Costa only has a cut after hitting the post.”

“He’s fine, calm, a cut doesn’t do any more harm,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone added about his leading scorer.

As for that moon shot — that's something he may never recover from.

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