Chelsea striker Diego Costa is a relieved man after scoring his first goal for Spain.
The former Atletico Madrid star had failed to find the net in his first six appearances for the 2010 World Cup winners and had come under immense pressure.
Questions were being asked why the Spanish football federation had gone to so much of trouble to switch his international allegiance from Brazil to Spain.
But on Sunday evening, Costa finally scored, slamming the ball home from close range against Luxembourg in the Euro 2016 Group C qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel.
It was Spain’s third goal of the match and helped them to a 4-0 victory, after which the 26-year-old made no attempt to eclipse the importance of his strike.
‘It was bothering me a lot that I wasn’t able to score’, Football Espana quotes Costa as saying. ‘It bothered be a lot and on top of that, the team had lost. But this gives me a new life.
‘I didn’t know how I was going to score. It was from a dead ball and I only had to hit it. I have to be thankful for the support of the coach. Every game, he gave me another chance’.
Costa breaking his duck made Spain goalkeeper David de Gea pleased too, with the Manchester United star stating: ‘I was very happy for Diego Costa. It’s important for him to get that thorn out his side’.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque was under pressure for his persistence in Costa, but his faith in the Chelsea striker has been repaid.
Now that Costa has finally opened his account for Spain, he is likely to bang in the goals left, right and centre. Just as he does for Chelsea.