A brace from Diego Costa helped Atletico Madrid coast to a comfortable 4-1 second leg Last 16 UEFA Champions League victory over AC Milan at the Estadio Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night.
The Spanish side ran out 5-1 winners on aggregate over the two leg tie to send Milan packing form the competition.
It was a dream start to the match for Atletico who took the lead on the night in the third minute after Costa expertly volleyed home a corner-kick, 1-0 (2-0 on aggregate).
Atletico tightened up in defence after that and tried to keep Milan at bay.
The Italian side, however, continued to push forward and apply pressure on the Atletico goal, and they were rewarded for their efforts with an equaliser in the 27th minute.
A superb flowing move from Milan ended with Ricardo Kaka meeting a right wing cross from Andrea Poli with a firm header, 1-1 (2-1 on aggregate).
Ten minutes later Milan had a chance to take the lead when Kaka met another pin-point cross, but this time he headed just over the target.
Milan were made to pay for that miss in the 40th minute when Arda Turan restored Atletico’s advantage after volleying home from the edge of the box after his shot took a wicked deflection, 2-1 (3-1 on aggregate).
Two minutes later Raul Garcia almost made it three for the home side on the night with a sensational scissor-kick that skimmed the wrong side of the post.
The start of the second 45 saw Atletico start positively and almost put the result beyond doubt four minutes after the break when a swift counter-attack concluded with Gabi striking the woodwork after being put through on goal by Costa.
Atletico did put the result beyond doubt in the 70th minute after Raul Garcia headed home a right-wing free-kick, 3-1 (4-1 on aggregate).
The icing on the cake for Atletico was their fourth goal on the night when Costa made it 4-1 (5-1 on aggregate) after drilling home a low shot.