'Beating your rivals is always special' – Joao Felix revels in Atletico's rout of Real Madrid

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The Portuguese was thrilled to have helped his new side put their neighbours to the sword in the pre-season fixture

Joao Felix said beating your rivals is always special after Atletico Madrid humiliated Real Madrid 7-3 at the International Champions Cup.

Diego Costa starred with four goals as Atletico showed no mercy in Friday's pre-season clash in New Jersey, where Diego Simeone's men led 5-0 at half-time.

Joao Felix scored his first goal since arriving from Benfica in a blockbuster €126 million deal, and the Portuguese teenager also registered two assists in a dazzling display.

The 19-year-old revelled in the result, saying: "It's positive. Beating your rivals is always good and special.

"This win gives us confidence, but we will continue working like we've done until now.

"I want to score as many goals as possible so that we can reach our objectives."

Costa gave Atletico the lead after just 43 seconds before Joao Felix doubled the advantage in the eighth minute.

Angel Correa replaced the injured Alvaro Morata and he made it 3-0 in the 19th minute and Costa added a fourth nine minutes later, while the latter converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Costa scored his fourth of the game six minutes into the second half before he was sent off following a clash with Blancos full-back Dani Carvajal.

Vitolo scored a stunning solo goal for Atletico with 20 minutes remaining, while Madrid managed to pull some goals back via Nacho Fernandez, Karim Benzema and Javi Hernandez.

Saul Niguez – who was influential for Atletico – added: "We're happy with the result. We played well since the first minute and we've proven that we're a team, we’re all together and that's very positive.

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"When you wear Atletico de Madrid's colours, you always have to give it your all. The new players have settled in very well and worked very hard."

For Real, it was an embarrassing result given their massive outlay on new players this summer, bringing the likes of Eden Hazard, Juka Jovic, Rodrygo and Ferland Mendy to the Santiago Bernabeu for significant transfer fees.

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