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Atletico striker Costa cleared to face Real in city derby

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MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa will be free to play against Real Madrid in this weekend's city derby after the Spanish football federation overturned a yellow card on appeal on Wednesday.

The Brazil international had picked up a fifth booking, which triggers an automatic one-game suspension, in Atletico's 1-0 victory at Sevilla on Sunday.

Costa, with seven goals in La Liga, is likely to return to partner leading scorer Radamel Falcao at the Calderon, as third-placed Atletico look to overhaul their neighbours in the standings.

Second-placed Real have a three-point advantage with six games left to play, but trail leaders Barcelona by 13.

A defeat for Jose Mourinho's side, combined with a victory for Barca at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, would see the Catalans crowned champions for the fourth time in five years.

(Reporting by Mark Elkington, editing by Justin Palmer)

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