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Premiership: Hull 2-3 Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois was indebted to Loic Remy after his late winner extended Chelsea’s Premier League lead over Manchester City to six points.

The visitors went two goals ahead after Eden Hazard fired in and Diego Costa curled in his 20th of the season.

But Hull replied with two goals in 74 seconds as Ahmed Elmohamady slid in before Abel Hernandez took advantage of an error by goalkeeper Courtois.

Substitute Remy then beat Allan McGregor to score with his first touch.

The goal, which sneaked through McGregor’s legs, papered over an inconsistent display from Jose Mourinho’s side, who went from awesome to awful in the space of 28 first-half minutes.

Courtois will be mightily relieved at Remy’s strike after the Belgium goalkeeper failed to control Branislav Ivanovic’s back pass, inadvertently gifting the ball to the onrushing Hernandez for the equaliser.

And the French striker could become an important figure in the title run-in after he replaced the injured Costa, who had a hamstring problem.

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Premiership: Chelsea 1-1 Southampton

Chelsea moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League after drawing with Southampton in what was a superb contest at Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa gave Chelsea the lead with a header before Dusan Tasic equalised from the spot after Nemanja Matic had fouled forward Sadio Mane.

Southampton keeper Fraser Forster made a series of great saves to deny Oscar and Eden Hazard.

In the closing moments he made a point-blank block from substitute Loic Remy.

Chelsea still have a game in hand on second-placed Manchester City, while Southampton moved above Tottenham into sixth, ahead of the Londoners’ later game against Manchester United.

The Blues remain the likely league champions, but they cannot afford too many repeats of what was a very poor first-half display on Sunday.

It began well for the home side when the unmarked Costa, who had not scored since January, got on the end of a delightful Ivanovic ball to head in his 18th of the campaign.

However, Southampton were level eight minutes later. Mane, who was a constant menace for centre-backs Gary Cahill and John Terry, found himself sandwiched by Ivanovic and Matic in the penalty area.

Referee Mike Dean awarded a penalty and showed an incensed Matic a yellow card. Tadic was left to despatch the spot-kick.

The Serb was close to adding a second when his angled drive was brilliantly saved by Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian keeper then came to his side’s rescue again when his one-handed stop kept out Toby Alderweireld’s free-kick.

Chelsea did have a shout for a penalty at 1-1 when Ivanovic’s heel appeared to be clipped by Tadic, but the referee waved away the player’s appeal.

Jose Mourinho’s side needed some inspiration and whatever he said at half-time appeared to do the trick.

The Portuguese brought on Ramires to replace Matic, which gave Chelsea more pace and industry in midfield.

They suddenly looked a different proposition. If only they had not come up against Forster, who was in sparkling form.

The Southampton stopper staked a very strong claim for the England number one jersey with blocks to twice deny Oscar, Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta, who was agonisingly close to scoring his first league goal for the club.

Taking the second-half chances into account, Mourinho will rue his side failing to grab all three points, but on reflection a point each was probably a fair result.

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Premiership: Chelsea striker Diego Costa gets three-match ban for stamp

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been banned for three matches for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can.

The 26-year-old will miss Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge as well as games against Aston Villa and Everton.

The Football Association charge, which Costa denied, related to an incident in the 12th minute of Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg in London.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho said the incident was “absolutely accidental”.

Costa, a £32m signing from Atletico Madrid, has scored 17 goals in 19 Premier League games this season.

The incident, which occurred in front of the dugouts but was missed by the match officials, was subsequently reviewed on video by referee Michael Oliver.

Chelsea cannot appeal against the decision reached by the independent commission hearing.

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League Cup: Costa charged over stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can

Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct over one of two apparent stamps during Chelsea’s win against Liverpool in the League Cup.

Costa was accused by Liverpool of stamping on Emre Can at Stamford Bridge and then of a further stamp on Martin Skrtel.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted that both stamps were “absolutely accidental” and also lashed out at Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp over criticism of the striker, while Liveprool boss Brendan Rodgers described Costa’s actions as “poor”.

The FA was aware of the controversy following the 1-0 semi-final second-leg win at Stamford Bridge – which saw Chelsea through to the final 2-1 on aggregate – and was waiting for referee Michael Oliver’s report.

However, the FA has now revealed in a statement: “Diego Costa has been charged by The FA for violent conduct following an on-field incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

“The charge is in relation to an incident involving the Chelsea forward and Liverpool’s Emre Can which occurred in the 12th minute of the League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge last night.

“The player has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.

“Following a review of an incident during the game involving Costa and Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel, The FA will not be taking any further action.”

Costa faces the prospect of a three-match ban, which would rule him out of Saturday’s Premier League showdown with title rivals Manchester City as well as matches against Everton and Aston Villa. There is no right of appeal.

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Premiership: Swansea 0-5 Chelsea

Diego Costa and Oscar score braces as Chelsea hammer Swansea

Chelsea sent out an emphatic Premier League title warning as Jose Mourinho’s side stunned Swansea by winning 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

Oscar and Diego Costa both scored twice inside the first 36 minutes as leaders Chelsea opened up a five-point gap on nearest challengers Manchester City, who welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, and substitute Andre Schurrle completed the rout late on as Swansea suffered their worst home defeat for 24 years.

Mourinho might currently be facing a Football Association charge for claiming there is a ‘campaign’ to influence referees’ decisions against Chelsea, but he did not have to worry about the officials on this occasion as his team swatted aside Swansea, who were off the pace from the first minute.

Swansea had sold top goalscorer Wilfried Bony to Chelsea’s title rivals Manchester City in midweek and there was a disjointed look about the hosts with Leon Britton, Ki Sung-yueng and Jonjo Shelvey all missing from their midfield for differing reasons.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was dropped into a deeper role with Portuguese striker Nelson Oliveira handed his first start following his loan move from Benfica, but the formation did not seem to suit Sigurdsson as he gave away possession in the opening minute.

Oscar strode forward with purpose and lashed home a 20-yard shot which flew past Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal and was officially timed at 49 seconds.

Sigurdsson almost equalised immediately with a 25-yarder which hit the outside of the post but the Chelsea midfield were running the show and Oscar might have had a hat-trick before the 20-minute mark, the Brazilian forcing Fabianski to push out a swerving shot and then dragging another effort wide.

Fabianski saved from Eden Hazard before Chelsea cut through again with a move of stunning simplicity after 20 minutes, Willian and Oscar involved before Cesc Fabregas slipped in Diego Costa – the Spaniard’s 15th league assist of the season.

Costa blazed over another opening moments later and there was brief respite for Swansea when Bafetimbi Gomis tried his luck from distance.

Chelsea almost had another when Willian smashed against the post but the third goal arrived after 34 minutes when Federico Fernandez’s dreadful pass gave Costa the simplest of opportunities to tuck away his 17th league goal of the season.

Two minutes later and it was number four as Willian scampered through the middle to find Costa and his cut-back allowed Oscar to finish with ease.

It almost got worse for Swansea just before the break as Costa broke the offside trap and rounded Fabianski. The angle was tight so he pulled it back to Willian who hit the woodwork for a second time when his shot smashed against the crossbar.

Swansea attempted to inject some energy into their game at the start of the second half but Chelsea remained resolute at the back and Hazard skated past Dwight Tiendalli to set up a shooting chance for Fabregas which was weakly directed at Fabianski.

Oliveira had been one of the brightest Swansea players and he tried two long-range efforts before being replaced by Jay Fulton after 66 minutes, the move allowing Sigurdsson to push forward into his more natural attacking position behind Gomis.

But Chelsea were still determined to go in search of a fifth goal and Hazard’s 20-yard drive brought a fine full-length save from Fabianski before Oscar came within of completing his hat-trick from the same distance.

They were not to be denied, however, and Schurrle had the simplest task to tap Branislav Ivanovic’s cross into an empty net 11 minutes from time and condemn Swansea to their biggest home defeat since a 6-1 loss to Wigan in April 1991.

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Premiership: Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

Chelsea overcame Newcastle to record a 10th straight home league win and move two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko hit the post early on as the Blues struggled.

But a quickly-taken corner afforded Oscar space to score from eight yards and Chelsea then took control.

Diego Costa rounded off a wonderful team move with a low strike as Jose Mourinho’s side took advantage of City’s 1-1 draw at Everton.

The manner of Costa’s 15th league goal of the season contrasted with much of Chelsea’s afternoon, as such a flowing move seemed beyond them for much of the day.

Eden Hazard’s clipped cross, collected and flicked in one movement by Oscar for the on-rushing Costa was exquisite and buried low into the bottom corner by the striker.

Chelsea had drawn at Southampton and lost at Tottenham in league games prior to this meeting and though they were not at their best, built on a fifth straight home clean sheet to maintain their 100% home league record and now no longer rely on goal difference to top the table.

Newcastle, one of only two sides to beat Chelsea in the league this season, sought a first league double over the Blues in 28 years, and will rue missed chances in the opening period.

Caretaker boss John Carver has now overseen a draw with Burnley, an FA Cup exit and this defeat at Chelsea in his three games in charge, form unlikely to prove sufficient to fulfil his hopes of landing the job full-time.

His selection was boosted by the return from injury of goalkeeper Tim Krul, but it was Remy Cabella, making only his 10th league start, who impressed early on.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech – in for Thibaut Courtois who is nursing a finger injury – denied the Frenchman from 18 yards with a low diving save, but he was beaten when Sissoko’s thumping shot from the edge of the box smashed against the post.

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Premiership: Spurs 5-3 Chelsea

Five-star Tottenham stun Chelsea as Harry Kane leads the way

Tottenham enjoyed an unforgettable start to 2015 as Chelsea were disposed of in remarkable fashion, with Jose Mourinho’s side shipping five goals as the Premier League title race burst wide open.

Spurs have rarely had the bragging rights in this fixture — just three times in 45 Premier League encounters, in fact — but this was a night those inside White Hart Lane will not forget in a hurry.

Harry Kane’s brace was complemented by efforts from Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli as league leaders Chelsea were embarrassed 5-3 in an enthralling New Year’s Day battle.

This was the first time the Blues had conceded even four goals in one match under Jose Mourinho and a defeat so heavy that Manchester City joined them on goal difference at the top of the table. It was a result few could have predicted, especially when Diego Costa tapped home from close range after 18 minutes.

Spurs rallied wonderfully, though, and went in at half-time boasting a 3-1 lead as Kane levelled with a fine effort from 25 yards, before Rose netted and Townsend struck from the spot.

Kane won that penalty and added a classy second goal shortly after half-time – his sixth in as many matches – with Chadli adding a fifth after Eden Hazard had pulled one back for the visitors.

John Terry’s late goal led to a nervy ending but Spurs would not be prevented from a famous end to a winless run of 10 matches in league and cup against Chelsea, which stretched back to April 2010.

This was a third match in seven days for both sides, whose managers plumped for three alterations apiece in north London.

Ryan Mason was one of those to have featured throughout the festive period, although lasted less than 11 minutes of this match.

The 23-year-old went to deck with what appeared a hamstring complaint after stretching for the ball, leading to Mousa Dembele’s early introduction, swelling the number of Belgians on the field to five.

Chadli forced compatriot Thibaut Courtois into action with an overhead kick, shortly before another of the contingent acted as the catalyst to an 18th-minute opener.

Hazard showed wonderful skill to wriggle free and strike across Hugo Lloris’ goal – an effort which came back off the post, only for Oscar to strike a cross-shot which Costa directed home from close range.

Angry claims of offside were rejected by referee Phil Dowd and the tension inside White Hart Lane had gone up a notch.

Federico Fazio did well to stop pantomime villain Costa, whose squared ball to Oscar was met by a block which appeared to hit Jan Vertonghen’s hand.

There was to be no penalty, though, and Kane capitalised on the half-hour mark.

Showing impressive strength, skill and confidence, Kane cut in from the left and brushed aside Oscar to fire a low, 25-yard strike past Courtois.

It was a fine goal and started a remarkable Spurs comeback.

Christian Eriksen darted forwards to put through Chadli and the winger’s strike managed to beat Courtois but came back off the far post, where Rose bravely tucked home the rebound while being flattened by Gary Cahill.

It was a goal which appeared to rattle Chelsea and the home side pulled further ahead from the spot. The normally reliable Cahill clumsily fouled Kane, allowing Townsend to fire home the resulting penalty with the final kick of the first half.

Hazard attempted to pull one back when play resumed, only for the deficit to increase seven minutes into the second half.

Chadli was continuing to prove a nuisance down the left and squared the ball to Kane, who brilliantly spun Nemanja Matic and struck past Courtois.

This was shaping up to be a famous win for Spurs but, never ones to do things the easy way, they let the visitors pull one back.

Hazard robbed possession off the dawdling Fazio and dashed forwards, collecting a one-two off Cesc Fabregas before beating Lloris.

Chelsea had the bit between the teeth now and Mourinho was incandescent when officials rejected penalty appeals when Hazard went down under pressure from Fazio.

Lloris produced a wonderful save to deny Cesar Azpilicueta soon after but things were only to get worse for the Blues, with Chadli the latest to get on the scoresheet by cutting inside before firing home Spurs’ fifth.

Ramires and Hazard had efforts to score for Chelsea before Terry eventually did and, while Fabregas hit the post in stoppage time, they were not to add any more.

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Premiership: Chelsea 2-0 Hull

Eden Hazard helps Chelsea to win over Hull as Tom Huddlestone sent off.

Jose Mourinho’s men edged their card-laden clash with Hull  but it was not one of the impressive, dominant displays Chelsea fans have become accustomed to.

Last weekend’s surprise defeat in Newcastle ended talk of the Blues going through the season unbeaten, allowing resurgent Manchester City to close the gap at the top of the Premier League.

There were moments against Hull when it appeared this could be another bad day for Chelsea, but efforts from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa saw them triumph 2-0 against a side reduced to 10 men after a wild Tom Huddlestone challenge.

The struggling visitors could have no arguments with that decision, but referee Chris Foy is likely to come under scrutiny after handing out seven yellow cards in addition to that second-half red.

There could have been more cards had the officials spotted John Obi Mikel’s stamp on Sone Aluko in the build-up to Hazard’s early header, while Hull’s players were furious that Gary Cahill did not receive a second booking for what appeared to be a dive.

Chelsea struggled to create much without the suspended Cesc Fabregas but were given a helping hand when Huddlestone saw red, with Costa capitalising to end a four-game scoring drought in all competitions.

In fairness to Hull, their performance belied that of a side without a league win in eight matches – and they did well to recover from a bad start.

Less than seven minutes were on the clock when Chelsea controversially opened the scoring. A clumsy Mikel challenge on Aluko was missed and play continued, with the ball sprayed out wide to Oscar, whose cross was nodded home by Hazard.

It was a bad start which soon got worse for Hull as injury forced Steve Bruce to bring on son Alex in place of the injured Michael Dawson.

City responded fairly strongly considering those early blows, with Jake Livermore flashing a strike wide before Aluko missed the target in a move started by Mikel being dispossessed.

David Meyler joined team-mate Huddlestone in the referee’s notebook after a comical attempt to hook a corner back into play with a hand, before Willian was booked for taking a tumble as play became stretched.

Cahill became the fourth man to collect a yellow card after a late lunge which saw Aluko require treatment – epitomising a scrappy first half in which a blocked Costa effort was the best Chelsea could muster after pulling ahead.

The hosts’ sloppy performance continued in the second half, with Livermore firing just wide from the edge of the box after some intricate passing.

Mourinho’s side were creating few chances and perhaps that was behind Cahill’s apparent dive in the box.

Hull had expected Foy to hand the centre-back a second booking, only to be incensed when the referee pointed for a goal-kick.

The City players harangued the official, who was soon under pressure from Chelsea after Alex Bruce smashed through Willian. The substitute was only given a booking – the same punishment dished out to Costa for diving soon after, despite having clearly been caught by Huddlestone.

One decision Foy definitely got right, though, was the red card meted out to the former Tottenham midfielder with 30 minutes remaining, after a late lunge on Filipe Luis.

Shortly before becoming the latest player booked, Chester escaped calls for a penalty and Hazard struck a shot straight at Allan McGregor.

It was 2-0 in the 68th minute when Hazard followed a long run by playing a lovely one-two with Branislav Ivanovic, before putting through Costa to turn home.

Oscar and Cahill saw efforts blocked in quick succession, before Ivanovic fired over and a dangerous Willian cross evaded his team-mates. Substitute Andre Schurrle twice saw efforts blocked as the clock wound down.

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Premiership: Chelsea 2-0 West Brom

Chelsea opened up a seven-point lead at the Premier League summit as goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard secured a one-sided win over 10-man West Brom.

Costa’s chest down and volley got the ball rolling for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Hazard was then gifted a cheap second after 25 minutes, firing home after West Brom switched off at a corner.

Claudio Yacob’s two-footed lunge on Costa earned him a straight red card from Lee Mason, effectively ending the contest inside half an hour.

West Brom were spared further pain but it was nevertheless a chastening loss for the visitors, who were second best by a considerable margin in all areas.

Chelsea almost went ahead inside five minutes when Hazard’s low cross was turned goalwards by John Terry but Ben Foster got down to divert the ball away.

West Brom’s plans for Costa looked clear early on when three defenders crowded him out in the area, but he escaped their attentions to devastating effect on 11 minutes.

Oscar’s delivery from the left picked out the striker, who was given the benefit of a narrow offside call before controlling on his chest and firing his 11th goal of the season beyond the exposed Foster.

Oscar nearly doubled the lead when his sliced drive brought a diving save from Foster, who did even better to deflect away the rebound from the onrushing Costa.

Costa then guided Branislav Ivanovic’s inviting centre millimetres wide, as the contest, barely 20 minutes old, grew ever more one-sided.

In what was the Blues’ first home game since Jose Mourinho criticised the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s performance was greeted enthusiastically by the fans.

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Premiership: Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea strengthened their grip on the Premier League title race as they came from behind to win at Liverpool.

Emre Can’s deflected shot gave Liverpool an early lead but Gary Cahill swiftly levelled for Chelsea with the help of goalline technology, confirming that Reds keeper Simon Mignolet had carried his effort over the line.

Diego Costa – a one-time target for Liverpool who had a running battle with Martin Skrtel throughout – secured the three points for Jose Mourinho’s side midway through the second half to maintain their unbeaten league record.

Chelsea were superior overall, although Liverpool will complain bitterly they should have had a late penalty when Cahill appeared to handle Steven Gerrard’s shot.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers made seven changes to the weakened sidedefeated by Real Madrid in the Champions League this week – but his ploy of making the Chelsea game a priority failed as they were condemned to defeat.

For Liverpool, it was also a sobering afternoon and an illustration of how these two teams have gone in opposite directions since they last met here in April.

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