Costa looking for closure in Europa League final

Diego Simeone's appeal against his Europa League final touchline ban has been upheld

Diego Simeone's appeal against his Europa League final touchline ban has been upheld

One of them came on his return to La Liga action, netting in a 2-0 win against Getafe on January 6 before earning himself a red card for celebrating too wildly.

Koke scored Atletico Madrid's quickest ever Europa League goal after just 22 seconds in an accomplished 2-0 quarter-final first-leg win over a sloppy Sporting CP, punishing Sebastian Coates' error to net the opener immediately after kick-off. The France global was involved in three of his side's four goals in a 4-1 triumph in the opening fixture, scoring one and assisting another two.

Bale's second goal was a beauty.

His previous appearance in a European final was abruptly ended by injury as Atletico lost 4-1 to Real Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final.

Madrid plays Villarreal in the final round of the Liga season before the Champions League final on May 26 in Kiev.

"I understand that it's nearly impossible for the guys who decide this to keep everybody happy, there will always be somebody unhappy, we're okay if they just do things with common sense".

The Slovenia international's diving effort to keep out Faycal Fajr's 77th-minute penalty and ensured Atletico left Coliseum Alfonso Perez with all three points after a 1-0 win.

"I'm happy to have Oblak with us", Simeone said. "Going game to game, taking care of a hard match against a competitive opponent".

Villarreal and Sevilla clinched Europa League berths for next season. Atletico are set to face French club Olympique de Marseille on Wednesday in the Europa League final.

Villarreal claimed one of the three spots after routing relegated Deportivo La Coruna 4-2 on the road.

Betis took the lead at home to fierce rivals Sevilla when defender Marc Bartra headed home from a free kick but the visiting side, who beat Real Madrid 3-2 on Wednesday, turned things around after the break with goals from Wissam ben Yedder and Simon Kjaer.

Betis already ensured a finish among the fifth-to-seventh placed teams needed to go to the Europa League.

Atletico released a statement last week saying they were "fed up with Barcelona's attitude" after president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted he had spoken with Griezmann's agent and striker Luis Suarez said he welcomed the Frenchman's imminent arrival at the Nou Camp.

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