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We deserved to go through, says Costa

By Football News

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa says his side are worthy of their spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The striker played an important role in Atletico's emphatic 4-0 win over Austria Vienna, a result that preserved the Spanish club's 100 per cent record in Group G and secured a first appearance in the last 16 since 2008/09.

First-half goals from Miranda, Raul Garcia and Filipe Luis gave Diego Simeone's side a commanding advantage at the break, while Costa proved a constant thorn in Vienna's side.

Despite his tenacious performance, the 25-year-old wasted a host of chances over the course of the evening, including a second-half miss from the penalty spot.

Costa was eventually rewarded for his persistent efforts with a late goal, but insisted his own goalscoring ambitions were secondary to the result.

“We knew it was very important to win because of the result between Zenit and Porto (a 1-1 draw)," he said.

"The team was great and we deserved to reach the round of 16."