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Fabregas, Costa star in Chelsea victory

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Chelsea's Diego Costa (right) celebrates with teammate Andre Schurrle after scoring against Burnley. - AP

BURNLEY, England (AP):

Diego Costa scored just 17 minutes into his debut and Cesc Fabregas had two assists in a superb performance as Chelsea opened their English Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win at newcomers Burnley.

The hosts were given hope of a huge upset when Scott Arfield put Burnley in front in the 14th minute, but it was all Chelsea after that. Costa showed why Chelsea spent £32 million ($53 million) to bring him in from Atlético Madrid when he slotted in the equaliser just three minutes later, and Fabregas set up André Schuerrle with a sublime pass in the 21st as the German World Cup winner made it 2-1.

Fabregas then sent in a corner in the 34th that Branislav Ivanovic volleyed into the net after some slack defending.

Costa had earlier had a penalty appeal waved away and was booked for diving in the 31st despite replays showing that his right foot was clipped by onrushing Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Fabregas was involved in nearly every Chelsea attack on his return to the Premier League - and may have given Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger second thoughts about his decision not to re-sign his former captain from Barcelona this summer.

"He really was the maestro. He controlled the tempo of the game," Mourinho said. "He was the man that dictated the speed, the intensity, and the direction of the game."