BPL Recap: Costa continues scoring run, Villa shock Liverpool, more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

When Diego Costa was brought to Chelsea, they knew he would score. They just might not have expected as many so quickly.

With Costa’s hat trick, he moved his total to seven goals in four games keeping the Blues a perfect four for four to start the season.

Costa headed in just before the halftime whistle from Cesc Fabregas’ corner. They combined again as Fabregas cut a ball back into the naturalized Spanish striker in the 56th minute. He completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute from close-range after a Ramires pass.

Swansea did grab an early lead. John Terry turned Neil Taylor’s dangerous cross into the back of the net for an own goal in the 11th minute.

Loic Remy got off to the perfect start to his Chelsea career with a goal in the 81st minute before Jonjo Shelvey added a consolation goal after being played through by Wilfried Bony.

Here are the match highlights:


Chelsea 4-2 Swansea City Highlight 13/09/2014 by dm_5234954ae7f39

Other Premier League Results

1. Anfield Villains– Aston Villa were able to score early and that’s all they needed to record a victory at Anfield.

Gabby Agbonlahor scored the game’s lone goal in the ninth minute. He was able to turn the ball in after a scramble in the Liverpool penalty area. It was a great way for him to celebrate his newly-signed contract extension.

Brad Guzan wasn’t troubled much throughout the 90 minutes as he kept the clean sheet. However, he could only watch and then breathed a sigh of relief as he was rooted to the spot when Phillipe Coutinho struck the post in the 82nd minute.

Villa’s strong start continued as they moved up to second place in the table.

2. Vintage Red Devils– Manchester United finally flashed some of their potential this season after hammering Queens Park Rangers 4-0.

It was a type of performance the Old Trafford faithful are used to seeing. Also the Red Devils handed three debuts as Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao all made appearances.

Angel Di Maria gave the Red Devils the lead with a wonderful free-kick in the 24th minute to the far bottom corner. Ander Herrera doubled the lead 10 minutes before the halftime whistle with a low strike that beat Robert Green.

After strong play from Herrera and Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney added a third goal in the 44th minute. Mata then added a goal of his own in the 58th minute.

Before the Red Devils are officially anointed as back, they will need to prove it against a more difficult opponent than QPR, but Louis van Gaal can take many positive signs from the victory.


Manchester United vs QPR 4-0 All Goals… by enteritainmentoffical

3. City snatch draw with late goal– In one of the more enthralling games of the weekend, Arsenal and Manchester City had to settle for a draw.

Martin Demichelis headed in a corner in the 83rd minute to grab a share of the points at the Emirates Stadium. The marking from Arsenal and possibly Wojciech Szczesny could have done better to prevent the goal.

Arsenal should have had the lead, but Danny Welbeck hit the post with his chipped effort in the 12th minute. However, it was City who took the lead against the run of play. Sergio Aguero finished off a fine low cross from Jesus Navas in the 28th minute.

The Gunners stormed back and looked set to take all three points. Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere linked up well around the City 18-yard box and then Wilshere lofted the ball over Joe Hart’s head from a tight angle to equalize in the 63rd minute.

Wilshere was involved in Arsenal’s second 11 minutes later as it was his header that came into Alexis Sanchez’s path and Sanchez volleyed it home with a superb striker.

4. Saints add to Newcastle misery– The hot seat got turned up another notch for Alan Pardew as his Newcastle side slumped to a 4-0 loss to Southampton. The Magpies currently sit in the last spot in the Premier League table to start the season.

It took six minutes for the Saints to jump ahead through Graziano Pelle. He rose well to head in Ryan Bertrand’s cross. He doubled his game and Southampton’s tally after tapping in a pass from Dusan Tadic after some nice interplay, although it was really poor defending from the visitors.

Jack Cork scored his first goal for more than four years after running onto Steven Davis’ pass before rounding Tim Krul and slotting into an open net. Morgan Schniederlin added the fourth in the game’s dying moments with a lofted effort over Krul’s head from just inside the 18-yard box.


Southampton 4-0 Newcastle United (All Goals) 13… by ajmir_khan41

5. Everton secure first win– Everton have started the season well in the attack, but have shown a leaky defense as well. However, they put it all together to get their first league win of the season.

Romelu Lukaku got the Toffees off the mark after just two minutes capitalizing on a West Bromwich defensive miscue. Jonas Olsson’s clearance went straight to Lukaku, who finished with a lovely curled effort to the far post.

Kevin Mirallas doubled the lead in the 66th minute with a low strike from the top of the 18-yard box. However, Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster really should have done better as the ball squibbed under his body.

6. Own goal gives Sunderland share of points– Tottenham should have left the Stadium of Light with all three points. However, Harry Kane’s late own goal signaled two points dropped for Spurs.

Jordi Gomez whipped in a free-kick into a dangerous area in the 82nd minute and it inadvertently deflected off of Kane for the own goal.

Nacer Chadli struck first in the second minute turning in an Emmanuel Adebayor to give Spurs an early lead. However, the Black Cats leveled two minutes later. Adam Johnson’s mazy run ended when his deflected shot found the back of the net to even things at 1-1.

Tottenham regained the lead in the 48th minute. Chadli played a low cross into the box and after it bounced around, Christian Eriksen scooped the ball over a diving Vito Mannone.

7. Ulloa sinks StokeLeonardo Ulloa has hit the ground running with three goals to start the season. The third will be one he won’t soon forget.

It gave Leicester its first Premier League win in 10 years. Paul Konchesky played in a low cross and although it was behind Ulloa, he was able to scoop it in for the goal.

Leicester has had a good start to life back in the Premier League with draws against Everton, Arsenal and now their win against Stoke.

8. Speroni superb PK save gives Palace draw– While Crystal Palace had the better of the attacking play; it was Burnley who should have recorded their first league win.

Palace’s Mile Jedinak wrapped his arms around Lukas Jutkiewicz and hauled him down to give Burnley a penalty kick. However, Julian Speroni made a fine save to stop the ensuing Scott Arfield spot kick.

Both clubs have yet to take three points from a game this season.

9. West Ham against Hull– The Hammers will face the Tigers at the KC Stadium on Monday

Here is the current Premiership table:

  • damisi

    Dave…with all due respect, give us (Manchester United) a bit more credit. Remember the Carling Cup defeat to Milton Keyes…4 nil!

    • Ha first off, it’s Matthew Levine with the recap. Second … duly noted haha