Costa scores in return for rebound win
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.