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Diego Costa scores rare header as Spain cruise to World Cup qualifying victory over Israel

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The international break hurtles along at breakneck speed, by which I mean it's crawling along at super-slow-sonic pace, but we're just about halfway through and there's even a bit of action to review as a few Chelsea players were involved on Friday for their respective countries.

Chief among them was Diego Costa, who was chosen to lead the line for Spain in their 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Israel.  While both César Azpilicueta and Pedro remained on the bench throughout, Costa played the full match and even got on the scoresheet.  It was no ordinary goal, certainly as far as Costa's concerned, even though it was just a header from a corner.  When wast the last time you've Costa score like this?

Earlier in the day, Nemanja Matic played the full game as Serbia overcame an early goal from Georgia to win 3-1 in their qualifying group match.  Our old friend Branislav Ivanovic played the full 90 as well.

Chelsea youngsters and loanees were in action, too, with Bertrand Traore involved in a friendly for Burkina Faso and Lewis Baker, Tammy Abraham, and Nathanial Chalobah, who was also captain on the day, all starting for England U21 against Germany.  Ruben Loftus-Cheek made a substitute appearance in the 1-0 loss.