Diego Costa was the hero and villain in the 10-goal thriller between Atletico Madrid and city rivals Real Madrid in New Jersey early Saturday morning.
The Spaniard scored four goals but was sent off as Atletico Madrid thrashed Real Madrid 7-3 in the ongoing International Champions Cup in the United States.
Costa opened the scoring in the first minute and completed his hat-trick with a 45th-minute penalty.
Joao Felix, one of the new arrivals at Atletico also scored his first goal for the club as they led 5-0 at the break.
Costa added his fourth goal six minutes after the restart, before both he and Real’s Dani Carvajal were red-carded for fighting in the 61st minute.
Angel Correa, on for the injured Alvaro Morata, was also on target in the first half, while Vitolo added Atleticol’s seventh in the 70th minute.
It took until they were 6-0 down before Real got on the scoresheet through Nacho, while Karim Benzema and Javier Hernandez both scored late on.
Gareth Bale, who is set to leave Real to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, started on the bench but came on for the final 30 minutes.
Real, who have spent close to £300m this summer, started with new signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.
But they have struggled on their US pre-season tour, losing 3-1 to Bayern Munich and beating Arsenal on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
“Having seen Madrid, we looked for where we could harm them,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. “We have had a great time here.”
Real captain Sergio Ramos said: “We’re obviously not feeling great right now. This has only just begun, they’re preparation games to get us up to the top level. There are many ways in which to lose, but we can’t be doing it like we did today.”
Real coach Zinedine Zidane added: “We don’t need to dwell on it, this is a pre-season game. They [Atletico] were better in every respect and that’s all there is to it.
“I’m convinced we’re going to have a good season. We can’t be pleased with today’s defeat, that much is clear. But I’m convinced I’ve got a team here that is going to compete at the top level.”
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