Spain's forward Diego Costa (C) celebrates his goal with teammates during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018. / AFP / Odd ANDERSEN /
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Even with a pair of goals himself, Diego Costa joined the chorus praising his higher-profile opponent's hat trick in Spain's 3-3 draw with Portugal.Costa sent a strong message by scoring the first two goals for Spain against Portugal on Friday in Sochi, including with one of his trademark grinding runs past opponents.Costa had scored only once since returning to the national team after being out for several months because he couldn't play with Atletico Madrid following a FIFA transfer ban.Costa used his strength to score Spain's first goal in the opener, shoving defender Pepe out of the way and making several nice moves to clear defenders before firing a low shot into the net.Costa failed to score as Spain was eliminated in the group stage four years ago in Brazil, where local fans booed him for choosing to play for Spain instead of the home team.
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