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Diego Costa Scores 4 Goals, Atletico Madrid Crush Real Madrid 7-3 in 2019 ICC

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2019

Atletico Madrid's Brazilian foward Diego Costa (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during their 2019 International Champions Cup football match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Metlife Stadium Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey on July 26, 2019. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid kept their chances of winning the 2019 International Champions Cup alive with a 7-3 destruction of rival Real Madrid on Friday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Los Colchoneros scored twice in the opening 10 minutes and four times before the half-hour mark to make quick work of Los Blancos. The victory leaves them alongside Arsenal, Benfica and Manchester United as the clubs still in championship contention.

Diego Costa scored a hat trick before halftime en route to four goals, while Joao Felix, Angel Correa and Vitolo also found the net for Atletico in the blowout.

Nacho, Karim Benzema and Javier Hernandez Cabrera tallied goals for Real Madrid, but none of those tallies came until the result was no longer in doubt.

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Match stats powered by @adidas! @atletienglish with more shots and more goals on the day against @realmadriden to win by a staggering margin. https://t.co/LWwlqUYOJ2

It took less than a minute for the American edition of the Madrid Derby to see its first goal as Atletico rapidly secured the lead.

Felix pushed forward aggressively and laid off a pass for Costa, who took a couple touches before taking a shot that deflected off the foot of Real captain Sergio Ramos and past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

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Diego Costa opens up the scoring just seconds into the Madrid Derby! https://t.co/dX47PXacXx

Los Colchoneros continued their impressive display inside the attacking third as they increased their advantage in the eighth minute.

This time Felix was on the receiving end of a well-timed pass, this time a cross from Saul, and he made no mistake to slot home his first goal in an Atletico jersey.

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Joao Felix scores his first goal in an Atletico Madrid uniform! Atletico is up 2-0! #ICC2019 https://t.co/8VyCAbZlf8

The intensity that existed in the match's early stages evaporated after the second goal, and the reigning UEFA Super Cup champions took complete control of the fixture.

Correa provided a clinical finish in the 19th minute as he took one touch to wrangle in a high pass from Koke and in the same motion turned to blast a shot past Courtois, who was left out to dry on several occasions as part of a concerning performance by the Real back line.

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Atletico is running riot! Angel Correa makes it 3-0 😱 https://t.co/hhTEmqW0AM

Costa added his second goal of the opening half as he unleashed a heavy strike off another assist from Saul, who outmuscled Luka Modric for a 50/50 ball in the midfield.

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Atletico Madrid are unstoppable 🔥 Diego Costa's double makes it 4-0 in the FIRST half! https://t.co/Pfg2oONKM8

The 30-year-old Spanish international secured his hat trick from the penalty spot.

Costa added his fourth goal in the 51st minute but was shown a red card for a retaliatory tackle.

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ATLETICO CAN'T STOP SCORING This time Joao Felix plays in a lovely ball for the Costa chip 🔥 https://t.co/1ClrTVYoxe

In all, five goals were scored between the sides in the second half as what could have been an intriguing preseason clash started to look more like a defense-optional scrimmage.

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Not something normally attributed to Simeone’s Atlético, but they’re going to be super fun to watch this season. Been a while since you could say that about them, but with all their transfer activity — departures and arrivals — they’re going to be so interesting.

Looking ahead, Atletico Madrid will conclude the International Champions Cup against Italian giants Juventus on Aug. 10 at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Los Colchoneros will take on the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday at Orlando City Stadium in Florida before heading back to Europe, though.

Next up for Real Madrid is the 2019 Audi Cup in Germany. Los Blancos will face Tottenham Hotspur in the tournament semifinals Tuesday, and they'll be seeking a major bounce-back performance.

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