Diego Costa at centre of penalty storm after TV footage emerges of Spain striker voicing concern to Fernando Hierro about Atletico teammate Koke before shootout miss against Russia
- Cameras of Deportes Cuatro picked up conversation between Costa and Hierro
- Spain striker appeared to question the decision to allow Koke to take a spot kick
- After Koke missed, Costa turned towards Hierro and said: ‘I told you so’
The video first showed Costa, who could not take a kick because he had been taken off, question Hierro’s decision to give Koke the third kick.
Footage has been released of Diego Costa speaking about Koke during the penalty shootout
‘Is he okay?’ he asks when Koke is selected.
There follows moments of doubt with Ramos and Hierro in conversation and finally Koke joins the the debate and says: ‘Yes, I’m fine,’ when asked by Hierro.
Russia scored all of their penalties but both Koke and Iago Aspas missed for Spain.
Costa was seen talking with Fernando Hierro and teammates Sergio Ramos and Dani Caravajal
Cesc Fabregas, analysing for the BBC called the penalty from the midfielder: ‘one of the worst penalties you can have. Not in the middle, but on the side, halfway.’
The former Spain international added: ‘It’s not difficult for the goalkeeper.’
Speaking about spot kicks England coach Gareth Southgate recently said of his miss at Euro ’96 that he had taken the kick more out of a sense of responsibility than a belief that he would score.
He said: ‘Sometimes the braver thing is not to take one.’
Costa was seen gesturing towards Hierro and saying. ‘I told you so!’ after Koke’s penalty miss
Koke ended up taking the third penalty that was saved by Igor Akinfeev on Sunday
Spain were eliminated after losing the shootout 4-3 following the 1-1 draw at Luzhniki Stadium