EPL Update: Costa Strikes No. 8, Rooney Mix Emotion & Derbies Draw

Chelsea FC maintained their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a comfortable win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Phil Jagielka’s superb injury-time equaliser helped Everton earn a crucial point in the 233rd Merseyside derby.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney scored and then received his marching order as Louis van Gaal’s ‘Reds’ bounced right back to winning ways.

Manchester City edged a six-goal thriller at Hull City’s KC Stadium, as Southampton held tight to their second-place berth with another impressive win over Queens Park Rangers.

Diego Costa Scored His 8th Goal of the Season After Six EPL Appearances.  Image: Getty.
Diego Costa Scored His 8th Goal of the Season After Six EPL Appearances. Image: Getty.

Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa

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Goals from Oscar, the usual suspect Diego Costa and Willian earned the Blues their fifth win from six league games.

The ‘Blues’ needed to follow last weekend’s draw at Manchester City and their League Cup win in the midweek with a reassuring performance in their second home game in four days, especially with a trip to Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal’s visit well on the card.

Brazil midfielder Oscar, the only change from the side that drew at the Etihad Stadium last week, opened scoring in the 7th minute from a pass from compatriot Willian. The latter reacted swiftly to pick up the rebound of his shot and then picked out the former in close range to sweep home the opener.

Costa scored his eighth goal of the season on 59 minutes following a unique link-up play between Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta, whose pinpoint cross found the Spain striker to nod in from eight yards.

Chelsea continued to maintain possession and were rewarded with a third goal with 11 minutes left to the dead as Cesc Fabregas’ floated ball ended in a Costa shot parried out by Brad Guzan for Willian to poke in his first goal of the season.

Willian and Oscar Celebrates Chelsea's Third Goal. Image: Getty.
Willian and Oscar Celebrates Chelsea’s Third Goal. Image: Getty.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said: “We had a big percentage of the ball. When we weren’t dangerous we kept the ball. My four defenders and two midfield players were very solid. The result was a consequence of our dominance.”

Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester City

Two second-half goals in the space of three minutes sealed a second win of the 6-game-old league season for Neil Warnock’s side against the previously high flying Leicester City.

Fraizer Campbell opened scoring on 51 minute, when he flicked a Scott Dann header from four yards into the net.

Mile Jedinak then rounded off the scoreline for the ‘Eagles’, heading home Jason Puncheon’s free-kick from 12 yards out.

Hull City 2-4 Manchester City

Edin Dzeko scored twice to help champions Manchester City outlast a resilient Hull City.

Sergio Aguero’s volley and a Dzeko strike from long range granted the visitors a two-goal lead within 11 minutes of kick-off.

But Eliaquim Mangala headed into his own net, then conceded a penalty, from which Abel Hernandez made it 2-2.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “He [Eliaquim Mangala] was very unlucky with the own goal and after that he arrived late for the penalty but we continue to trust him because he is a very good player who had very bad luck.

Frank Lampard Celebrates His Fourth Manchester City Goal in Seven Days. Image: Getty.
Frank Lampard Celebrates His Fourth Manchester City Goal in Seven Days. Image: Getty.

However, Dzeko struck again from close range, then substitute Frank Lampard hit his fourth goal in a week to secure the win.

Man Utd 2-1 West Ham

Two United goals within half an hour and Diafra Sakho’s second goal in seven days completed the hosts return to the Top ten (seventh to be precise).

Wayne Rooney opened scored in the 5th minute, clipping the ball over Adrian from a Rafeal cross from the right.

Robin van Persie’s 22nd minute finish from a Radamel Falcao assist doubled United’s lead, but Sakho halved the deficit a quarter of an hour later after Enner Valencia’s header rebounded off the crossbar.

Rooney went from hero to villain on the hour mark for a wild kick at Stewart Downing in full flight.

Louis van Gaal on Rooney red: “It was a break-out of a set-play of ours and he makes a professional foul I think you can call it like that. I don’t think Wayne wanted to do it that way but he did it and you can give a red card.”

Southampton 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

Second-half goals from Ryan Bertrand and Graziano Pelle helped Ronald Koeman’s men keep pace with leaders Chelsea in second place.

Charlie Austin’s one-two touch volley on 66 minutes sandwiched in between both Southampton goals was in the end only good for the R’s first away goal of the season as the hosts ran away with all three points.

Sunderland 0-0 Swansea City

Swansea defender Angel Rangel saw red for a second bookable offense after blocking off Will Buckley, but the Welsh visitors survived the remainder ten minutes at the Stadium of Light to end a thrilling contest in stalemate.

Liverpool 1-1 Everton

Phil Jagielka’s spectacular injury-time equaliser earned Everton an unlikely Premier League point in the Merseyside derby.

It had appeared Steven Gerrard’s superb second-half free-kick would give Liverpool victory until Jagielka’s scorching, swerving shot into the top corner from 30 yards stunned the home fans.

Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

A close-range 74th-minute strike by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earned a 1-1 draw for Arsenal at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.

The hosts lost Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey to injury before half-time and then saw Nacer Chadli give Tottenham a 56th-minute lead. But Oxlade-Chamberlain crashed home from Santi Cazorla’s low cross to earn Arsenal a point that left Arsene Wenger’s side in fourth place and Spurs eighth.

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