Costa sends Chelsea to the top

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

MIDDLESBROUGH, Eng­land (AP): CHELSEA MOVED to the top of the English Pre­mier League yes­ter­day af­ter a first-half strike by Diego Costa earned the vis­i­tors a con­vinc­ing 1-0 vic­tory at Middlesbrough.

Chelsea dom­i­nated the game and were re­warded for their un­re­lent­ing pres­sure when Costa scored four min­utes be­fore the break, re­act­ing quick­est to a loose ball af­ter a goal­mouth melee and fir­ing home from close range. It was his 10th goal of the sea­son.

Middlesbrough showed more am­bi­tion in the sec­ond half but the next clear chance also fell to Chelsea, shortly af­ter the hour mark, when de­fender David Luiz pushed for­ward and sent a high cross into the area. Costa headed the ball back invit­ingly for Pe­dro Ro­driguez – but his first-time shot slammed against the cross­bar.

Af­ter six con­sec­u­tive league wins with­out con­ced­ing a goal, Chelsea now have 28 points from 12 games in An­to­nio Conte’s first sea­son in charge.

Liv­er­pool and Manch­ester City have 27 points each, with Ar­se­nal in fourth with 25.

AP

Chelsea’s Diego Costa (right) cel­e­brates his goal dur­ing the English Pre­mier League match be­tween Middlesbrough and Chelsea at the River­side sta­dium, Middlesbrough, Eng­land, yes­ter­day. Chelsea won 1-0.

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