Costa sees red as Everton blank Chelsea
Diego Costa plunged Chelsea into fresh controversy in their nightmare season yesterday by seeing red as Everton ended the London team's last hope of a title in the FA Cup.
Chelsea had just been humiliated by former striker Romelu Lukaku, scoring twice in five minutes, including a breathtaking solo goal, when Costa was sent off in the 84th minute of Everton's 2-0 win in the quarter-finals.
The fiery striker thrust his head at Gareth Barry, then sunk his teeth towards the Everton midfielder's neck in a biting motion, earning a second yellow card. There was no immediate reaction from Barry to suggest he had been bitten, but Costa was dismissed for the first time in two seasons at Chelsea.
Everton also ended with 10 men after Barry himself was shown a second yellow card three minutes later for catching Cesc Fabregas.
The FA Cup exit followed Chelsea being eliminated from the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
Any hopes of defending the Premier League trophy were extinguished long ago, with Chelsea currently 10th and highly likely to miss out on European football next season.
Manchester City doesn't look like they will be succeeding Chelsea as Premier League champions after being held 0-0 at Norwich to stay fourth, nine points behind surprise leaders Leicester.
The late dismissals at Goodison Park overshadowed Lukaku's superb goals, which left Chelsea to rue, offloading the Belgium striker in 2014, having spent most of his career on loan away from Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku's first goal came in the 77th minute after Ross Barkley slipped the ball through to him on the leftwing. Lukaku slalomed past two players before cutting inside past defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic and striking low past compatriot Thibaut Courtois.
The Belgium goalkeeper was beaten again in the 82nd, when Lukaku put the ball through his legs.
So, unlike in 2009, Guus Hiddink will not be ending this interim spell as Chelsea manager by lifting the FA Cup.