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Spain’s Costa after drought-ending brace: “A forward needs goals”

Diego Costa, Nolito Agudo, Sergi Roberto

Spain’s Diego Costa, center,, celebrates his second goal with Nolito Agudo and Sergi Roberto, left, after scoring against Liechtenstein during their World Cup Group G qualifying soccer match at the Reino de Leon Stadium, in Leon, northern Spain, Monday Sept. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)


To call Diego Costa’s relationship with the Spanish national team “rocky” is a bit gracious, but the Chelsea striker struck a note to the good on Monday.

Costa scored twice, his second and third goals for Spain in 12 caps, in an expected blowout of Liechtenstein.

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These are baby steps for Costa, who was not called up several times and whose only other goal came against Luxembourg, but nevertheless a good sign for the 27-year-old.


“I had a difficult time of it and a forward needs goals, but I think I’m now more involved in the game and knew the goals would come.

“I could never complain about my teammates. I have to give them my thanks for how they’ve always supported me and never let me throw in the towel.”

Costa gets extra grief because he appeared twice for Brazil before switching allegiances for Spain. That happens often, but it’s usually a player looking for opportunities with a ‘lesser’ side (See: Jermaine Jones).

We’ll see if this gets him going under new coach Julen Lopetegui.

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