Atletico’s Costa out of Champions League match
MADRID (AP) Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa was left out of the lineup for Wednesday’s Champions League quarterfinal return leg against Barcelona after failing to recover from a leg injury.
Costa was not included in coach Diego Simeone’s squad because of a hamstring injury to his right leg. A groin injury also kept midfielder Arda Turan out.
Simeone partnered little-used Adrian Lopez with David Villa in attack, while also bringing Raul Garcia back to the lineup after the Spanish forward missed the 1-1 draw at Barcelona.
Costa has been a key player for Spanish leader Atletico, which is on the cusp of reaching the semifinals of Europe’s top competition for the first time since 1974. The Brazilian-born Spain striker has scored 33 goals in all competitions this season.