The Chelsea striker experienced the lows and highs of international football, but will be delighted to have finally scored his first international goal.
Glaring misses aren't something Premier League fans would associate with new Chelsea signing Diego Costa, with the forward setting the division alight with his prolific record since his £35 million move from La Liga.
But turning out for Spain against minnows Luxembourg on Sunday night, Costa was guilty of a terrible attempt on goal when clean through, with the forward hiding his head in his shirt after unbelievably chipping wide.
Thankfully for the former Atletico Madrid striker, that effort should be quickly forgotten about given that Costa finally opened his account for his adopted nation in the second half with a close range strike.
Costa's form for Spain had, until the game with Luxembourg, been in stark contrast to his club form, with the 26-year-old devastating last season as Atletico won La Liga and reached the Champions League final, and just as much of a threat at Stamford Bridge since signing for Chelsea in the summer.
The powerhouse has 9 goals in his first 7 games for the Blues, and is way out in front in the race for the Premier League golden boot. Somehow, Costa is demonstrating even stronger goalscoring form than he displayed last season, where he registered 36 goals in his 52 games, with only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring more in Spain.
But for Spain, it just hadn't been working for Costa. He went 6 games without a goal for the reigning European Champions before this weekend's match, including a hugely disappointing World Cup campaign.
Now he has gotten off the mark at international level, it wouldn't surprise anyone if he embarked on somewhat of a run, because as Chelsea fans have found out, once Costa starts, he doesn't seem to stop.