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Costa returns to start for Atletico vs Barca

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 17, 2014 at 10:30 am •  Published: May 17, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has returned from injury to start the Spanish title decider at Barcelona, which has Neymar on the substitute's bench.

Costa shakes off a hamstring problem to play Saturday for the league leader which knows avoiding defeat at the Camp Nou means a first domestic title since 1996.

Brazil striker Neymar is back for the first time since last month's 2-1 Copa del Rey final loss to Real Madrid when he injured his left foot.

Gerard Pique also returned from injury to start in Barcelona's defense, while Xavi Hernandez was left on the bench with the defending champion needing a victory to retain the trophy.

Former Barcelona striker David Villa partners Costa in attack for Atletico.


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