Spain hit eight in WCup qualifier


September 06, 2016
AP Spain's Diego Costa (centre) celebrates his second goal with Nolito Agudo (right) and Sergi Roberto during the World Cup Group G match against Liechtenstein yesterday. Spain won 8-0.

LEON, Spain (AP):

Diego Costa scored a goal in each half to lead Spain to an 8-0 rout of Lichtenstein in Group G of European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup yesterday.

Sergi Roberto, David Silva, Victor 'Vitolo' Machin and Alvaro Morata also scored for Spain in their first competitive match under new coach Julen Lopetegui, who replaced Vicente del Bosque last month after the team's elimination in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

Costa scored with headers in the 10th and 66th minutes in the northern city of Leon. He had netted only one previous goal for Spain, nearly two years ago against Luxembourg in qualifying for Euro 2016. Del Bosque had left the Chelsea striker out of the squad that travelled to France for the tournament earlier this year.

"It was very important for me to score and for the team to win," Costa said. "My teammates have always supported me, and I hope it continues like this."

Morata also scored twice, in the 82nd and 83rd minutes, after replacing Costa midway through the second half. Roberto netted his goal in the 55th, Silva added to the lead in the 59th, and closed the scoring in injury time, while Vitolo got on the scoresheet on the hour.

Other result: Israel 1 Italy 3.

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