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Diego Costa scored twice as Atlético Madrid sealed a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 17 years with an impressive 4-1 victory over AC Milan at the Vicente Calderón.

Costa, whose late header earned Atlético a 1-0 first-leg win at San Siro, was the real difference between the sides taking his tally in this season’s Champions League to seven.

Milan were always up against it even before kick-off, with only two teams in the history of the Champions League having recovered from losing at home in the first leg to go and win the tie.

And if that was not worrying enough for the Rossoneri, Atlético were one of only two sides still unbeaten in this season’s competition and have won 15 of their last 16 home games in Europe.

History favoured Atlético, and less than three minutes into the contest the present was looking pretty good for Diego Simeone’s side as well with Costa continuing his magnificent season with a superb finish to put the hosts ahead.

Koke floated in a cross from the right edge of the area and Costa, having peeled away from Milan centre-back Adil Rami, flung himself at the ball and managed to volley it past Christian Abbiati at full stretch.

The mountain had become even bigger for the seven-time European champions, but they got a foothold back into the tie in the 27th minute when Kaka headed home from their first decent opportunity.

That was just the boost Milan needed and they really should have taken a 2-1 lead in the 36th minute but this time Kaka contrived to head a great chance over from six yards.

It was to prove costly as four minutes later Atlético were ahead again, albeit with the help of a slice of good fortune when Costa set-up after Turan and the Turkey midfielder’s half-volley took a crucial deflection off Rami before looping into the net.

Atlético were back on the attack after the interval with recent Spain debutant Costa and Gabi going close.

García all but settled the tie in the 71st minute climbing above two visiting defenders to head home Gabi’s free-kick and Atlético wrapped up a convincing win when Costa drilled a shot in off the far post in the 85th minute.

Match details

Atlético Madrid (4-4-2) Courtois; Juanfran, Godín, Miranda, Luís; Koke (Diego 82), Gabi, Suárez, Turan (Rodríguez 78); García (Sosa 72), Costa.
Subs Aranzubia, Villa, Alderweireld, Insúa.
Booked García.
AC Milan (4-2-3-1) Abbiati; Abate, Bonera, Rami, Emmanuelson; Essien (Pazzini 69), De Jong (Muntari 78); Poli, Kaka, Taarabt (Robinho h-t); Balotelli.
Subs Amelia, De Sciglio, Mexès, Zaccardo.
Booked Rami, Balotelli, Bonera, Robinho.
Referee M Clattenburg (England).

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