EPL: Diego Costa scores again in Chelsea's record win against Crystal Palace
Blues equal club record of 11 consecutive league victories with 1-0 win over Crystal Palace
London: Chelsea equalled a club-record run of 11 consecutive league victories with a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace that strengthened their lead in the Premier League table.
Exactly a year on from sacking Jose Mourinho for overseeing such a poor defence of their title, the Blues went nine points clear of closest challengers Liverpool and Arsenal with a goal from the rejuvenated Diego Costa.
Chelsea last won 11 games in succession when Carlo Ancelotti’s team in the 2009/10 season continued the fine form produced under Guus Hiddink in their final league fixtures of 2008/09. Perhaps more importantly, they also improved on the 10 straight wins achieved in 2005/06 under Mourinho.
It was in the 43rd minute when Hazard's pass played Cesar Azpilicueta into space on the right wing, and from there the Spaniard curled a superb cross towards Costa. The striker then casually headed his 13th league goal of the season over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
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