La Liga

Atletico keeps pace with Real Madrid

Diego Costa scored both goals for Atletico, then had to be helped off the field due to injury...
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP)

Diego Costa scored twice to give Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win at Osasuna's hostile Reyno de Navarra Stadium on Sunday, keeping his team in the chase for a runner-up finish in La Liga.

Atletico rebounded from its first home loss of the season in the last round with a no-nonsense performance that left it one point behind second-place Real Madrid.

Diego Costa has a reputation for being one of the league's most physical players, and he responded to the jeers of the home fans with a pair of goals before being helped off with an apparent leg injury in the 74th.

The Brazilian forward, who scored a hat trick here two seasons ago, headed in his own miss after goalkeeper Andres Fernandez saved his first try to finish off a counterattack led by Jorge ''Koke'' Resurrecion in the 35th minute.

He sealed the win with a second goal in the 48th by muscling by his marker to tap in Koke's well-placed free kick.

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