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Costa clinical as Chelsea send Leicester packing

The Blues make it two from two with a 2-0 victory over the newly promoted Foxes

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 August, 2014, 1:05am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 August, 2014, 1:05am
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Diego Costa scored for the second match in succession as Chelsea made it two Premier League wins from two matches this season with a 2-0 victory at home to newly promoted Leicester City on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, Chelsea finally got into stride to break down a stubborn Foxes' defence.

Costa, the £32 million (HK$411 million) Spain striker, who scored in last week's 3-1 win at Burnley, marked his home debut by turning in Branislav Ivanovic's cross from eight yards out in the 63rd minute.

The second half was complete control. We had so many chances, so many opportunities to score … obviously we deserved the victory
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Chelsea then doubled their lead at Stamford Bridge when Eden Hazard's 77th-minute shot beat goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel after deflecting off Leicester defender Wes Morgan.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports: "We didn't play good in the first half. The second half was complete control. We had so many chances, so many opportunities to score … obviously we deserved the victory."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson said: "We're disappointed. Key moments didn't quite go our way. I thought we played exceptionally well in the first half but it's about taking your chances when you get them."

Swansea, fresh from their shock opening day victory away to Manchester United, also made it two wins from two with a 1-0 success at home to Burnley secured by winger Nathan Dyer's 23rd-minute goal.

West Ham bounced back from a 1-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur with a 3-1 win away to managerless Crystal Palace.

Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate marked his Hammers debut with an impressive 34th-minute volley before England winger Stewart Downing added an equally stylish second, cutting in from the right flank before curling in a 20-yard left-foot shot.

Palace pulled a goal back in the 48th minute through Marouane Chamakh.

However, the Hammers made it 3-1 in the 62nd minute when striker Carlton Cole scored his first goal since February when he volleyed home from inside the penalty area.

Southampton and West Bromwich Albion shared the points in a goalless draw and the early kick-off between Aston Villa and Newcastle ended the same way. Newcastle have still to score this season.