Chelsea's Diego Costa kneels on the pitch after a challenge during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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However, that lack of match practice meant the former Atletico Madrid stopper was unlikely to have started in any case with captain Iker Casillas expected to maintain his place despite ending his 25-year association with Real Madrid to join Porto.Casillas was badly at fault for Slovakia's two goals in their only competitive defeat since their miserly showing at the World Cup last year.In the search for goals, del Bosque has turned to Diego Costa with the Chelsea striker returning to the squad for the first time in nearly a year despite his less than stellar start to the season at club level.Costa is expected to start up front as Juventus striker Alvaro Morata misses out through injury, whilst Paco Alcacer has yet to find the net for Valencia this season.
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