Diego Costa lined up for Spain versus Italy.

Watch: Diego Costa slaps Leonardo Bonucci in the face during Spain vs Italy

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If Diego Costa's three years in England have taught us anything, it is that if the Spanish international is on the pitch it is pretty safe to assume he will be involved in a run in with an opponent at some point during the 90 minutes.

As it turns out, it took less than five minutes on Thursday night for the Chelsea striker to hit his quota as Spain took on Italy in a crunch World Cup qualifying match.

With so much at stake you'd think the hot-headed forward would have been warned about keeping a low profile in the early stages. If that was the case it didn't do much good, as Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci found out to his cost.

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Costa has started the Premier League season in good form with six goals in seven games, and will be looking to carry on his impressive start to the campaign by helping Spain get a result in Italy this evening.

However, he could have put his nation's chances of getting a result in serious doubt with what can be, at best, described as an unfortunate placing of his hand on Bonucci's face.

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Fortunately for Costa and Spain, the referee appeared to think the collision was accidental and opted against handing out any punishment.

Plenty of fans watching on weren't quite so sure it was so innocent judging by their reaction on social media.

What makes things all the more awkward is that fact that, as several publications reported today, Chelsea are apparently very keen on making Bonucci a new teammate of Costa's come the January transfer window.

Indeed, recent reports suggest the Stamford Bridge club are willing to pay around £60 million to acquire the Juventus centre-back.

Maybe, then, Costa was just giving Bonucci his unique version of a friendly welcome.

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