Costa scores in re­turn for re­bound win

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Diego Costa, re­turn­ing from a three-match sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lent con­duct, put host Chelsea up against As­ton Villa, and Alan Hut­ton later added an own goal to seal a 2-0 win for the de­fend­ing Pre­mier League cham­pion.

The vic­tory was wel­comed by Man­ager Jose Mour­inho, who is un­der pres­sure af­ter his side’s fal­ter­ing start to the sea­son; Chelsea had lost its last match ,3-1, at home to Southamp­ton.

Else­where, Manch­ester City stayed in first place af­ter Ra­heem Ster­ling’ s hat trick in a 5-1 win over Bournemouth; United won ,3-0, at Ever­ton; Jur­gen Klopp’s Liver­pool de­but ended in a 0-0 draw with Tot­ten­ham; and vis­it­ing Arse­nal net­ted three times in 12 sec­ond­half min­utes to beat Wat­ford, 3-0.

GER­MANY: Thomas Mueller’s first-half strike gave Bay­ern Mu­nich a 1-0 win at Werder Bre­men, mak­ing the reign­ing Ger­man cham­pion the first team to start a Bun­desliga sea­son with nine con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries.

Mean­while, af­ter tak­ing crit­i­cism from U.S. Coach Jur­gen Klins­mann for re­quest­ing a sub in last week­end’s CONCACAF Cup loss to Mex­ico, Fabian John­son played the full 90 min­utes for Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach in a 5-1 win at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt.

The Amer­i­can right back had com­plained of a thigh prob­lem and came off in the 111th minute, and Klins­mann then sent the un­in­jured John­son home to “re­think his ap­proach about his team.”

SPAIN: Ney­mar helped Barcelona fans for­get the ab­sence of the side­lined Li­onel Messi by scor­ing four goals in a 5-2 win over Rayo Val­le­cano at Camp Nou.

Ear­lier in the day, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo set up a goal and scored an­other in a three-minute span to lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Le­vante.

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