EPL: Diego Costa stars as Chelsea stun Manchester City to extend lead
Diego stars in Blues comeback 3-1 win over sharp rivals Manchester City in an ill-tempered clash; Londoners go four points clear at top of the table
A jubilant Diego Costa celebrates after scoring Chelsea’s first goal against Manchester City during an English Premier LeagueâÂÂgame at Etihad Stadium in Manchester onâÂÂSaturday. Pic /getty images
Manchester: Diego Costa starred as Premier League leaders Chelsea roared back to win 3-1 on Saturday in an ill-tempered game at Manchester City, who had Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho dismissed.
Gary Cahill’s own goal gifted City the lead, but Costa equalised and teed up substitute Willian before Eden Hazard struck to send Antonio Conte’s men four points clear of City at the summit.
City’s frustration boiled over in stoppage time with Aguero and Fernandinho red-carded, the former for a disgraceful lunge on David Luiz, the latter for pushing Cesc Fabregas over an advertising board.
It was the second time in succession that Chelsea had come from behind to win, having done so against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, as they recorded their eighth successive victory.Pep Guardiola tasted defeat at the Etihad Stadium for the first time as City manager and has now seen his side go four home games without a win.
They were left to rue some profligate finishing, but it was referee Anthony Taylor who attracted the home fans’ ire after rejecting four penalty
A muscular injury sustained by Nemanja Matic forced Conte to change his starting XI for the first time in seven games, with Fabregas coming into the team. Guardiola too made six changes from last weekend's 2-1 win at Burnley.
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