Costa had been expected to begin the match on the bench after Jose Mourinho had claimed he was not close to full fitness earlier in the week, but opened the scoring from Cesc Fabregas’ assist. Two minutes later, a fractionally offside Branislav Ivanovic made it two.
The second half exploded into life after the 66th minute as four goals were scored in 12 minutes. Chelsea somehow kept a hold of the lead, with Costa’s 90th minute goal making for a ridiculous final scoreline.
Chelsea are now joint top of the league after winning their first three games of the season. With Manchester City losing at home to Stoke City it appears that they have the first, however slight, advantage in the chase for the title.
3’ - IVANOVIC SCORES - Ramires scoops the ball to Costa, who returns the pass. Ramires sends the ball right to Ivanovic, who is just offside, and he drags the ball past Howard.
8’ - HOWARD ESCAPE - Fabregas curls a brilliant ball for Costa to chase, and Howard comes to the very edge of his box to claim, however he is slightly out of his box when he eventually reaches it. He is lucky not to be sent off, and the referee allows play to continue.
17’ - NAISMITH SHOT - Kevin Naismith sends a long-range shot just wide of the post.
30’ - FABREGAS CHANCE - Fabregas sends a shot to Howard’s right, but it bounces off Sylvain Distin’s leg and goes just wide in the opposite direction.
45’ - MIRALLAS SCORES - Coleman clips in a free kick from the right, and Mirallas gets ahead of every defender to glance a header past Thibaut Courtois.
53’ - HOWARD SAVE - Costa runs onto yet another through ball, tries to curl it past Howard, but he sticks out a leg to pull off a great save.
66’ - COLEMAN OWN GOAL - Hazard has the ball on the left, apparently happy to waste time, but suddenly drives past two players towards the byline, sends a cross back towards his own players, and Coleman’s lunge puts the ball past Howard.
69’ - NAISMITH SCORES - Aiden McGeady cuts inside from the right, slides the ball to meet Naismith’s run, and the striker pokes the ball past Courtois.
74' MATIC SCORES - Matic receives the ball on the edge of the box, slams a shot towards goal that flicks off Distin's studs and into the corner.
76’ - ETO’O SCORES - Samuel Eto’o pulls one back with an accurate header from just inside the area from Leighton Baines’ cross.
78’ - RAMIRES SCORES - Exchanging a one-two with Matic to get inside the box, Ramires puts Chelsea two ahead when he toes a shot past Howard.
81’ - COURTOIS SAVE - Courtois pulls off a wonderful save, tipping Kevin Mirallas’ volley onto the post.
90’- COSTA SCORES - John Obi Mikel robs a loose pass from Muhamed Besic, strides forward and sends a back heel left for Costa. His stepover puts Distin on the floor, and he then fires into the corner.
Diego Costa is the second Chelsea striker to score in each of his first three Premier League games. The last was Adrian Mutu.
Jose Mourinho has never lost a game to Everton in his career.
Cesc Fabregas has five assists for Chelsea in three games.
Steven Naismith has scored in three consecutive Premier League matches, and this is his third goal in four games against Chelsea.
Diego Costa is good enough to be the difference for Chelsea this season. In the last three matches he has provided movement across the front of the pitch, opening up space for those around him, and also scoring in each match. Fernando Torres might have worked just as hard, but he contributed almost nothing compared to Costa.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Diego Costa (Chelsea): Scorer of two goals, and also the player who started at least two arguments on the pitch, first with Coleman and then Howard. With Fabregas similarly niggly, the two will combine well in unsettling and scoring against teams.
Everton: Howard 6, Baines 5, Distin 5, Jagielka 4, Coleman 6, Barry 5, McCarthy 4, McGeady 5, Naismith 6, Mirallas 5, Lukaku 5. Subs: Besic 5, Eto'o 7.
Chelsea: Courtois 6, Azpilicueta 5, Terry 5, Cahill 5, Ivanovic 6, Matic 6, Fabregas 7, Ramires 7, Willian 6, Hazard 7, Costa 8. Subs: Luis 6, Drogba 6, Mikel 7.
MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Diego Costa
- Cesc Fabregas
- Kevin Mirallas
- Seamus Coleman
- Branislav Ivanovic
- Jose Mourinho
- Sylvain Distin
- Leighton Baines