Diego Costa starts for Spain against Holland

first_img After ending the domestic season with Atletico Madrid struggling with an injury, the Brazilian-born forward’s place at the World Cup had been in doubt. However he has done enough to persuade Del Bosque that he is worthy of a place in the starting line-up. Elsewhere Silva has been included at the expense of Barcelona forward Pedro, while Chelsea new-boy Fabregas has also been left out. Holland: Cillesen; Janmaat, De Vrij, Vlar, Martins Indi, Blind, De Guzman, Jong; Sneijder; Van Persie, Robben. CEST For the Dutch, as expected, Robin van Perise is fit to start and will partner Arjen Robben in a dangerous looking forward line. Diego Costa will lead the line for Spain when they get their World Cup defense underway against Holland on Friday night. Upd. at 19:21 Throughout the week the main talking point has been who Vicente del Bosque will choose as his No. 9. Cesc Fabregas has often been used as a ‘false nine’, while David Silva could also have been used in a similar role. Sam Marsden 13/06/2014 The teams: Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Alonso, Xavi; Silva, Iniesta, Costa The experience of David Villa and Fernando Torres were also options for the La Roja boss, but he has decided to opt for Costa.last_img

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