Diego Costa made a goal-scoring return as Premier League leaders Chelsea extended their lead at the top to eight points with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Hull City.
The Spain international, who had missed the 3-0 win against Leicester City last week, fired the Blues to the lead when he converted Victor Moses’ low cross from eight yards out in the first-half injury time. The visitors were playing well but the failure to turn their chances into goals was hurting them.
The Tigers began strongly after the break too as Antonio Conte’s men were finding it tough to break a resilient defense from Marco Silva’s men. But Gary Cahill put the game to the bed when he headed home Cesc Fabregas’ free-kick nine minutes from time.
The win will be a huge morale booster for the Blues who have grabbed the headlines in the last week for all the wrong reasons as their top-scorer Diego Costa was involved in a feud with a fitness coach, amid reports of Chinese Super League interest. But everything looks good now for the Stamford Bridge outfit which is set to face Liverpool and Arsenal in back-to-back league games
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) January 22, 2017
So Diego Costa celebrates his 100th game with a goal and Cahill does the same for his five years a Chelsea player this week. #CHEHUL
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 22, 2017
— Rob Ives (@Rob_Ives5) January 22, 2017
— Chelsea GIFs (@ChelseaGIFs) January 22, 2017
Diego Costa has 52 goals in 100 games for Chelsea Football Club
Now imagine if he had played this good last season… amazing stats. #CFC
— ConteTweets (@ConteTweets) January 22, 2017
Chelsea going eight points clear, thanks to that goal from the man who has won it all with the club in five years: Captain Gary Cahill.
— Dan Levene (@danlevene) January 22, 2017
Death, taxes and a Fabregas assist
— iChelseaTweets (@iChelseaTweets) January 22, 2017
— ️ (@ContehoIic) January 22, 2017
10 points is a huge amount of points to make up on Chelsea. It's now a race to secure the top four, adding a cup would be lovely. #LFC
— Anton Clarke (@AntonClarke1) January 22, 2017
Am I safe to say we should hand in the @premierleague trophy to Chelsea?The rest of us should fight 4 d top four.The team seems unstoppable.
— Uncle Luke 🐐 (@ninetythirty) January 22, 2017
— Gabriel Paine (@GabrielPaine) January 22, 2017