Chelsea kept up their title charge in the Premier League by easily beating 10-man West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Saturday, with Diego Costa scoring his 11th goal of the season. Costa downed a cross from Oscar to volley in the opening goal in the 11th minute at Stamford Bridge and Eden Hazard doubled the lead in the 25th after a corner from Cesc Fabregas.
Any hopes of a West Brom comeback were ended when Claudio Yacob was given a straight red card for a challenge on Costa in the 29th.
It was Chelsea’s sixth straight league win at Stamford Bridge, and the result saw the Blues start a top-flight campaign unbeaten in 12 games for the first time. It was one-way traffic from the outset and Mourinho’s side would have taken the lead inside five minutes was it not for Foster impressively preventing John Terry from turning home a low Hazard cross.
The league leaders would not have to wait long to make the breakthrough, though. Neat team play saw Oscar float the ball to unmarked Costa, who impressively controlled with his chest and struck a right-footed volley past Ben Foster.
The second goal came after Oscar played an short corner to Hazard, with the Belgian jinking free before unleashing a fizzing strike that snuck past Foster via a slight deflection off Craig Gardner.
Toure wins it for City
Yaya Toure responded to Manuel Pellegrini’s rallying call as he fired champions Manchester City to a 2-1 Premier League win over Swansea. The City midfielder, below par for much of the season but continually backed by City manager Pellegrini, powered forward to strike the winner just after the hour at the Etihad Stadium. City had needed to respond after Wilfried Bony struck for the visitors with a in the ninth minute. Stevan Jovetic grabbed the equaliser 10 minutes later before Toure settled the match in the 62nd.