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Chelsea 2-0 Leicester City

Diego Costa
Costa's strike calmed Chelsea nerves at Stamford Bridge
  • Summer signing Diego Costa scores on his home debut
  • Eden Hazard scores after Cesc Fabregas assist
  • Chelsea remain top of table after second win

Diego Costa was again on target for his new club as Chelsea eventually overcame a stubborn Leicester to maintain their 100% start to the Premier League.

The first half belonged to Championship winners Leicester, who caused the Chelsea defence some anxious moments.

In the second half David Nugent wasted a great chance when clear on goal.

But Chelsea attacked with more purpose after the break, with Costa scoring from close range and Eden Hazard drilling low beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester were the latest Premier League newcomers to fail in their attempts to thwart Chelsea, even though the hosts were a less vibrant and fearsome outfit than the one which impressed in victory over Burnley on Monday.

After a subdued performance in the first half, there were fears that the Londoners were reverting to the habits which proved costly in their pursuit of the title last season - slipping up against teams regarded as lesser opponents.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with striker Diego Costa

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But the Blues did not have a striker as clinical as Spain international Costa, 25, during their last campaign, and the £32m summer signing's second league goal of the season was the nerve-easer that Chelsea desperately needed after only excellent goalkeeping from Thibaut Courtois had kept the score goalless.

Courtois was again preferred to Petr Cech, forcing the 32-year-old to readjust to the unfamiliar role of substitute after nearly 500 appearances as Chelsea's first-choice goalkeeper. From the bench, the demoted Cech could have watched his 22-year-old replacement make two fine saves, one in either half.

First the Belgium international prevented the light-footed Riyad Mahrez from scoring and, after the break, quickly came off his line to thwart Nugent, the former England striker who claims he has "unfinished business" in the Premier League.

Match facts
Chelsea have failed to score a first-half goal in three of their last four Premier League gamesCosta has scored two goals from two shots on target in the league this season
Cesc Fabregas now has 73 Premier League assists, which is as many as former Manchester United striker Andy ColeFabregas has now assisted three goals in two Premier League appearances for Chelsea.

The 29-year-old - a £6m purchase for Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth back in 2007 - has not scored in the Premier League since March 2010 and his wait must continue because of Courtois's reflexes.

The Foxes had the best away record in the Championship last season and twice came from behind at home to draw against Everton on the opening day, but ultimately lacked the guile needed to beat a Chelsea back four which was the most frugal in the league last season.

After their sluggish first period the Blues added urgency to their play in the second half and it needed an acrobatic save from Schmeichel to stop a Branislav Ivanovic header from reaching the top corner.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

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Following wave after wave of Chelsea attack - Oscar hitting the base of the post with a curling effort - a goal for the hosts seemed inevitable.

Again, Ivanovic was at the heart of it, charging down the right before his ricocheted cross found his striker inside the box. Costa controlled the ball with his chest and swept home from 10 yards.

Chelsea's second was preventable as Schmeichel allowed Belgium attacker Hazard's low effort from the left to slip underneath him.

Roman Abramovich could not contain his delight on the 11th anniversary of his first home game as Chelsea owner, which was against the same opponents.

The beaming Russian took part in a standing ovation when Costa made way for Didier Drogba, the 36-year-old striker making his first appearance at Stamford Bridge since rejoining the club in the summer as the match ended joyously for the Blues.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "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.

"There are more positives than there are negatives. We're not talking about us coming to places like this and being happy to lose the game, but I think the players showed what they're capable of. What we need to do is sustain it for the entirety of the game."

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Thibaut Courtois justified his selection in goal with two great saves to stop Leicester from taking the lead
Diego Costa has scored two goals from just two shots on target in the league so far
Diego Costa has scored two goals from just two shots on target in the league so far
Eden Hazard
Hazard created six goal-scoring chances against Leicester before finding the net himself
Didier Drogba replaces Diego Costa
Didier Drogba makes his first appearance at Stamford Bridge since re-signing for the club in the summer

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 21Matic
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 14SchürrleSubstituted forRamiresat 64'minutes
  • 8OscarSubstituted forWillianat 70'minutes
  • 10Hazard
  • 19Diego CostaSubstituted forDrogbaat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cech
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 5Zouma
  • 7Ramires
  • 11Drogba
  • 12Mikel
  • 22Willian

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 5Morgan
  • 18Moore
  • 3Konchesky
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forAlbrightonat 68'minutes
  • 10King
  • 7HammondBooked at 51minsSubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 73'minutes
  • 15Schlupp
  • 35Nugent
  • 23UlloaSubstituted forWoodat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Hamer
  • 20Hopper
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 24Knockaert
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 39Wood
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
41,604

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home27
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 2, Leicester City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Leicester City 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Willian (Chelsea) because of an injury.

Foul by Didier Drogba (Chelsea).

Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian with a cross.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by John Terry.

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City).

Attempt saved. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Didier Drogba replaces Diego Costa.

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by John Terry.

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 2, Leicester City 0. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces Dean Hammond because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dean Hammond (Leicester City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Oscar.

Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Costa.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Riyad Mahrez.

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

Dean Hammond (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Ramires replaces André Schürrle.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 1, Leicester City 0. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Offside, Leicester City. Andy King tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea220046
2Swansea220026
3Arsenal211014
4Aston Villa211014
5Man City110023
6West Ham210113
7Liverpool110013
8Hull110013
9Tottenham110013
10Everton202002
11West Brom202002
12Sunderland101001
13Southampton2011-11
14Leicester2011-21
15Newcastle2011-21
16Man Utd1001-10
17QPR1001-10
18Stoke1001-10
19Crystal Palace2002-30
20Burnley2002-30
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