Spain takes 1-0 lead over Italy (GIF)

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Spain and Italy are squaring off in an international friendly ahead of the 2014 World Cup this summer in Brazil. It was a close game with the first half ending in a scoreless draw. In the 63rd minute Pedro managed to score to get the Spanish side on the board.

There isn’t really much on the line other than just some practice and time for players to shine and show their worth. Diego Costa has been kind of quiet in the game which is a poor sign following all the controversy surrounding his decision to play for Spain instead of Brazil.

“I never imagined [all the fuss],” Costa said, via Sky Sports. “When I realised there was interest from Spain, I started to imagine things, and thought ‘why not?’.

“It is a privilege that the world champions want you to play for them, especially given the quality of players they have.

“I felt very important. I value it a lot. Vicente del Bosque showed me the person that he is.

“I like to talk with people face-to-face, I feel the truth and lies, and Vicente was very clear.

“He didn’t promise me anything. I don’t like it when people promise me things, I like to earn it. This I value.”

Here is Pedro’s goal:

Perhaps a better angle:

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