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Filling the shoes of Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid was always going to be a tall order but coach Diego Simeone is pleased so far with the performances of Mario Mandzukic.The Croatia forward struck twice in Atletico's King's Cup game at home to third-tier Hospitalet Thursday, a 2-2 second-leg draw that sent the 2013 winners through to the last 16 5-2 on aggregate and earned them a meeting with holders Real Madrid.Atletico bought Mandzukic from Bayern Munich to replace Costa following the Brazil-born forward's departure for Chelsea in the close season. Atletico's final game before the two-week winter break is Sunday's La Liga clash at Athletic Bilbao, when they will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's 1-0 reverse at home to Villarreal.
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