Costa guides Chelsea to second win
LIVERPOOL, England (AP):
Diego Costa kept up the prolific start to his Chelsea career yesterday setting the title favourites on their way to a 2-0 win over Leicester and a second straight victory to open the Premier League.
The Spain striker scored on his Chelsea debut in a 3-1 win over Burnley on Monday and was back in the goals five days later, breaking down Leicester's stubborn resistance at Stamford Bridge in the 63rd minute.
Belgium winger Eden Hazard's solo effort in the 77th ensured Chelsea has maximum points after two games against teams promoted from the second-tier League Championship.
Swansea are the only other side with back-to-back wins after beating Burnley 1-0, while Arsenal have four points after scoring twice in the final seven points to earn a 2-2 draw at Everton.
West Ham won 3-1 at managerless Crystal Palace while the games between Aston Villa-Newcastle and Southampton-West Bromwich Albion finished 0-0.
Didier Drogba was given a standing ovation from the Chelsea fans when he came on as a second-half substitute for his first match in his second spell with the London club.
But the Stamford Bridge fans have a new goalscoring star in Costa.
Signed for US$53 million from Atletico Madrid in the offseason, Costa is proving exactly the kind of ruthless finisher Chelsea was lacking last season as they came up short in the title race.
"I got the feeling in preseason that his adaptation would not be a big deal, he is an easy guy," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "His style of play has adapted to our needs, so it has not been a problem."
Costa's goal came after Oscar played in Branislav Ivanovic on the right side of the area, and the right back's cutback was chested down by Costa and drilled past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from six yards.
Substitute Olivier Giroud headed home with 30 seconds left of normal time to grab a point for Arsenal at Goodison Park, with Aaron Ramsey's close-range goal starting the visitors' fightback in the 83rd.
Goals by Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith put Everton comfortably in front at half-time.