Tottenham Hotspur-linked Valencia youngster Paco Alcacer has 2 in 3, Chelsea star Diego Costa 0 in 6

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Chelsea striker Diego Costa once again misfired for Spain on Thursday, while Tottenham Hotspur-linked Valencia youngster Paco Alcacer had no such problem against Slovakia.

Diego Costa may be firing on all cylinders in the Premier League, but the Chelsea striker has yet to break his duck for Spain.

The 26-year-old failed to score in Spain’s 2-1 defeat to Slovakia away from home in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Thursday.

It was the former Atletico Madrid star’s sixth international appearance for Spain and saw him continue to struggle to find the net.

Costa has now gone half a dozen matches without scoring for the 2008 and 2012 European champions; he is, in fact, still waiting to break his duck.

Meanwhile, Paco Alcacer is having no such problem in scoring for his country. The Valencia striker, whose impressive form this season has seen him linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur among other clubs, found the target with his first shot against Slovakia.


Slovakia were leading 1-0 at the Stadion pod Dubnom in Zilina in the Group C game when 21-year-old Alcacer came on as a substitute for Manchester City midfielder David Silva in the 71st minute.

Alcacer scored on 82 minutes from close range to make it 1-1. It was the youngster’s second goal in three matches for Spain, but it failed to prevent his side from losing the encounter 2-1 as Miroslav Stoch scored an 87th minutewinner  for Slovakia.

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