Saturday’s derby in the Spanish capital was supposed to be about Gareth Bale’s debut at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. Instead Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa stole the headlines, the three points and the glory while playing in a custom blackout version of Nike’s Mercurial Vapor IX.
The Brazilian’s 11th minute goal was enough to win the match for Los Colchoneros, who now have beaten their high-priced neighbors two times on the trot after failing to find victory for 14 years. Table-topping Atletico Madrid is also off to a club record start, seven wins from its first seven La Liga matches.
A target for Liverpool during the summer transfer window, Diego Costa has stepped up to fill the shoes left by Radamel Falcao, who moved to AS Monaco, and is playing his best soccer in the image of his fiery, indefatigable manager Diego Simeone.
His goal was a display of pure quality. When Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria was caught in possession deep in his own half, Koke played a through ball to beat the ball-watching Alvaro Arbeloa and find the incisive run of Costa, who needed one touch with his right before opening up his foot to pass the ball exquisitely into the far side of the net.
Bale came off the bench at halftime, but his injection of pace proved too little for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
Costa tapped into his electrifying speed using Nike’s Mercurial Vapor, just 6.6 ounces, to race behind Los Blancos defenders and used the speedy cleat’s micro-textured Tejin upper to control Koke’s pass and find the back of the net and win the Madrid derby. It can raise your game, too. View the Nike Mercurial Collection.