Chelsea F.C. Start EPL With 3-1 Win vs Burnley as Diego Costa Scores

Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas were the two major off-season recruits for Jose Mourinho's team, and they showed right away why their arrivals have elevated Chelsea into being the bookmakers' favorite for the EPL title.

updated: August 19, 2014 09:00 IST
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Diego Costa celebrates scoring against Burnley in Chelsea's opening game of the 2014-15 EPL season.


Burnley, England: Diego Costa scored just 17 minutes into his debut and Cesc Fabregas had two assists in a superb performance as Chelsea opened its Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win at newcomer Burnley.

The hosts were given hope of a huge upset when Scott Arfield put Burnley in front in the 14th minute, but it was all Chelsea after that. Costa showed why Chelsea spent 32 million pounds ($53 million) to bring him in from Atletico Madrid when he slotted in the equaliser just three minutes later, and Fabregas set up Andre Schuerrle with a sublime pass in the 21st as the German World Cup winner made it 2-1.

Fabregas then sent in a corner in the 34th that Branislav Ivanovic volleyed into the net after some slack defending.

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