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Diego Costa failed to score for Spain on Tuesday night in their 1-0 victory over Macedonia and the Chelsea forward had the added frustration of discovering he will not be able to play in the team’s next Euro 2016 qualifying game against Luxembourg. Costa, 26, started in Skopje and was booked in the first half, which means that on Oct. 9, when Spain face Luxembourg in Logrono, he will be suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards. He was unaware his booking would see him miss Spain’s last home qualifier until being told by reporters.


“I’m suspended against Luxembourg? It’s the first I’ve heard about it,” Costa told AS.
Costa also started in Saturday’s 2-0 triumph over Slovakia and, although he did not score, he did earn Spain a penalty which Andres Iniesta converted. Since making his debut with Spain in March 2014, Costa has found the back of the net just once in nine appearances.

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He wants to play as many games as possible for La Roja to strengthen his bid for a starting place in Vicente del Bosque’s squad for Euro 2016.


“I’ve got a lot to improve and I’ve got to start scoring goals,” he said. “There will be no lack of effort on my part. “I’ll keep working hard at my club to improve. I am always filled with ambition whenever I get called for the national team.”