Diego Costa

  • Southampton thrash Newcastle 4-0, Tottenham play draw against Sunderland 3 days ago

    Both sets of fans called for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew to be fired after Southampton thrashed the demoralised Magpies 4-0 in the English Premier League with Graziano Pelle inspiring Ronald Koeman's new-look side at St Mary's on Saturday. Summer signing Pelle's brace was complemented by goals from Jack Cork and Morgan...
  • Costa scores a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Swansea 4-2 3 days ago

    London: Diego Costa scored a hat trick as Chelsea opened an early gap atop the Premier League standings with a 4-2 win over Swansea, ending the visitors' perfect start to the season. Costa made sure Chelsea recovered from John Terry's early own goal as the Brazil-born Spain forward continued his...
  • Chelsea sweating on Costa's fitness 3 days ago

    London: Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of Diego Costa and the Premier League leaders will do all they can to get him fit to face Swansea City on Saturday. The powerful striker has made a blistering start to his Stamford Bridge career, scoring four goals in three appearances since leaving...
  • Spain, Chelsea striker Diego Costa injured September 6, 2014

    Madrid: Spain striker Diego Costa has injured his left hamstring and will miss the country's first qualifier for the European Championship, the Spanish football federation said on Friday. The federation said in a statement that Costa underwent an MRI scan in Madrid after being injured in a 1-0 loss to France...
  • Chelsea's Diego Costa must respect opponents, says Roberto Martinez August 31, 2014

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa needs to learn to show respect to opponents after the Spaniard goaded Everton players during their pulsating 6-3 English Premier League win on Saturday, Toffees coach Roberto Martinez said. New signing Costa taunted Seamus Coleman after the Irish defender's own goal put Chelsea 3-1 ahead at Goodison...
  • Diego Costa nets double as Chelsea beat Everton 6-3 in a goal-fest August 31, 2014

    Liverpool: Diego Costa scored in the first and last minutes to lead Chelsea to a 6-3 win over Everton in a wild shootout Saturday, leaving the title favorites with maximum points from their opening three matches in the Premier League. Chelsea displayed their new-found attacking sparkle with a ruthless performance at...
  • Chelsea striker Costa doubtful for Everton trip August 29, 2014

    London: Diego Costa is doubtful for Chelsea's trip to Everton on Saturday while manager Jose Mourinho has said the club will be in trouble if media reports of a Fernando Torres move to AC Milan prove accurate. Spain striker Costa, who joined in the close season for 32 million pounds ($53.1...
  • Vicente Del Bosque goes with youth after World Cup fiasco August 29, 2014

    Madrid: Vicente del Bosque unveiled a rejuvenated Spain squad on Friday after the debacle at this summer's World Cup and the retirement of three key players from the team's most successful era. While stalwarts Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso and David Villa retired from international competition after Spain flopped in their world...
  • Diego Costa injured in Chelsea training August 28, 2014

    London: Chelsea striker Diego Costa has suffered a minor muscular injury in training but has not yet been ruled out of Saturday's league visit to Everton, sources at the Premier League club said on Thursday. The full extent of the Spain forward's injury is not yet known, with some British media...
  • Exclusive: I want to win everything at Chelsea, says Cesc Fabregas August 25, 2014

    After nine glorious years at Arsenal and a three-year stint with Spanish giants Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas is back to the Premier League fold but this time with Chelsea. The Spaniard, who joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2003, scored 57 goals in 303 games for the Gunners and won...
  • Costa, Hazard inspire Chelsea to a 2-0 win over Leicester City August 23, 2014

    London: Diego Costa and Eden Hazard scored in the second half as Chelsea finally broke down Leicester's stubborn resistance for a 2-0 victory in the Premier League on Saturday. The newly promoted visitors had threatened a major upset until Costa controlled a deflected pass from Branislav Ivanovic in front of goal...
  • Fabregas impresses, Costa scores in Chelsea's 3-1 win at Burnley August 19, 2014

    Burnley: New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as they launched their Premier League title bid with a confident 3-1 win at promoted Burnley on Monday. Former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas, brought in from Barcelona during the close season, was influential throughout the game, having a...
  • Atletico Madrid sign goalkeeper Oblak from Benfica July 16, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish champion Atletico Madrid has bought Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak from Benfica with Thibaut Courtois' future likely at Chelsea. Atletico announced the transfer, depending on the standard medical, on Wednesday with the 21-year-old Oblak agreeing to a six-year deal. The 1.86-meter (6-foot-1) Oblak has similar features to Courtois, who helped Atletico...
  • Striker Diego Costa signs five-year Chelsea contract July 15, 2014

    London: Spain striker Diego Costa has completed his move to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid. Chelsea announced on Tuesday that Costa signed a five-year contract, two weeks after the London club agreed to meet the player's reported buyout clause of 38 million euros ($52 million). Costa scored 35 goals last season to help...
  • As it happened: Brazil vs Netherlands, third-place play-off July 13, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the third-place play-off match between Brazil and Netherlands at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Neymar has urged his Brazil team-mates to rescue some of their battered pride after their humiliating World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany by beating the...
  • Chelsea sign Costa from Atletico Madrid July 1, 2014

    Chelsea have signed Spain World Cup striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, the Stamford Bridge club said in a statement on Tuesday. The transfer fee was not disclosed but Costa's buyout clause at Atletico was about 40 million euros ($54.56 million). Costa featured in Spain's failed campaign at the World Cup and...
  • Spain's Diego Costa sees his future at Chelsea June 20, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Defending champions Spain's early exit from the World Cup has left striker Diego Costa pondering a move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea. The Brazilian-born Costa said that his future is at Chelsea, reports EFE. Costa's remarks came after the defending champions' 0-2 defeat by Chile in the World...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain's reign not merely on the wane, it's over June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: And so it was official. The reign of Spain was not merely on the wane - it was over. But this was no hard luck story. No tale of near misses, or if onlys. It was a 90-minute clubbing of a once-mighty empire. Of red-shirted men who had...
  • World Cup 2014: How the big names performed in the opening round in Brazil June 18, 2014

    As the first round of matches of the group stage come to a close we take a look at the stars who were supposed to dazzle in Brazil. Neymar: He is one of the most exciting young footballers in the world, and at the age of 22, has already become somewhat of...
  • World Cup 2014: Hot favourites, underdogs, top players June 12, 2014

    The 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup is all set to begin with host nation Brazil taking on Croatia in the competition's opening game at the Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo. As the clock ticks down to the kick off the month-long extravaganza, sport finally seems to...
  • If Spain tinker, Diego Costa ready for football World Cup chance June 11, 2014

    Brazil: If Spain decide to tinker with the possession-based system that has given them so much success, striker Diego Costa is ready. Even if the World Cup champions don't change their style, that suits the Brazilian-born forward just fine too. Costa said Tuesday he has fully recovered from a nagging hamstring injury...
  • Diego Costa looks healthy as Spain tops El Salvador 2-0 June 8, 2014

    Landover: Diego Costa's hamstring withstood 74 minutes on a hot and humid afternoon just six days before Spain open the defense of their World Cup title. He showed bursts of speed, jostled with defenders and drew a penalty when he was the knocked to the ground by the goalkeeper. On Sunday,...
  • Scolari made picking Spain over Brazil easy: Diego Costa June 8, 2014

    Washington: Spain striker Diego Costa says Brazil coach Felipe Scolari's indifference made it easier to decide to play for his adopted country than his homeland at the World Cup. Costa says he never received a phone call from Scolari about playing for Brazil, while Spain coach Vicente del Bosque "is the...
  • Spain's Costa denies he was offered World Cup chance with Brazil June 7, 2014

    Spain striker Diego Costa has refuted Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's claims that he contacted him over playing the World Cup for the host nation. The Brazil-born forward chose to represent Spain, where he plays his club football with Atletico Madrid, and made his debut for the team in a friendly...
  • Diego Costa not hampered by injury in training June 2, 2014

    Spain striker Diego Costa did not appear to be slowed by injury in training on Monday as the defending World Cup champions prepared for their final international friendly before heading to Brazil. All 23 players took part in the training session ahead of Saturday's match against El Salvador in Washington. Costa...
  • Costa hopeful of comeback against El Salvador in friendly ahead of WC June 1, 2014

    Madrid: Striker Diego Costa is hopeful of playing some part in Spain's friendly against El Salvador next weekend as he battles to be fit in time for the World Cup. The Atletico Madrid player, who has chosen to play for Spain ahead of his native Brazil, has been struggling with various...
  • Spain gamble on Costa in 23-man World Cup squad May 31, 2014

    World Cup holder Spain included Diego Costa in its 23-man squad for Brazil despite lingering worries over a leg injury to the striker. Costa has been hobbled for weeks by a right thigh muscle problem, but coach Vicente del Bosque is prepared to gamble that the Atletico Madrid forward will...
  • Diego Costa has hamstring tear, out for 15 days May 27, 2014

    Madrid: A doctor treating Diego Costa for a hamstring injury said the striker has a muscle tear that needs to be reassessed in 15 days, raising doubts about his chances of making Spain's World Cup squad. Pedro Guillen of the Cemtro clinic told the Cadena Cope radio station on Tuesday that...
  • We have enough backup if Diego Costa injured: Vicente del Bosque May 27, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is hopeful Diego Costa will recover from a leg muscle injury in time to feature at the World Cup but believes the world and European champions have plenty of backup if he doesn't make it. Forward Costa, who plays his club football with Atletico Madrid, has...