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Highlights: Chealsea defeats Southampton, gets closer to title


DIego Costa

Diego Costa ended his goal drought in style on Tuesday night as he scored two of the goals in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

The trio of Costa, Eden Hazard and returning Garry Cahill turned to be star actors as the Blues inch closer to the Premier League title with another masterclass performance.

First half


Chelsea did themselves a lot of good as they were able to score a early goal coming from the in-form Hazard who on Tuesday scored his 15th league goal of the season.

The Belgian drove Costa’s layoff into the bottom corner and left the Saints Keeper stranded.

There was momentary scare at the Bridge when the Saints deservedly equalised midway through the first half to make it 11 matches without a Premier League clean sheet for the hosts – their worst run in more than 20 years.

However, the Blues got back in front at the death in the first half as Cahill steered home a commanding header into the bottom corner.

Second Half

Just as it was in the first 45 minutes, Chelsea had another bright start in the second half as it took them just nine minutes to add a third goal in the second half as Costa held off Ryan Bertrand to nod Cesc Fabregas’s cross past Fraser Forster to register his 50th Premier League goals from just 85 matches.

In the 89th minute, Costa took the game beyond the visitors; scoring again to make it 4-1.

The Saints had little to cheer before the final whistle was sounded as Ryan Bertrand added a stoppage-time consolation for the visitors, but it was too little too late for the Saints and all eyes on the title race will now turn to Selhurst Park, where Tottenham take on in-form Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening.

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