London - Diego Costa scored a hat-trick to leave Chelsea top of the Premier
League and the only team in the English top flight with a perfect record
as they came back from a goal down to beat Swansea 4-2 at Stamford
Bridge on Saturday.
John Terry's 11th-minute own goal had given
visitors Swansea - who kicked-off as the only other side in the Premier
League with a played three, won three record this season - the lead
before Spain striker Costa equalised just before half-time and then
scored two more goals in the second half.
Loic Remy then capped
his Chelsea debut from the substitutes' bench by adding a fourth before
Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey scored a late consolation goal to bring a
measure of respectability to the scoreline.
Despite being doubtful
for this match with a hamstring injury suffered on international duty
with Spain, Costa started ahead of Remy and Didier Drogba in the home
It appeared a prudent decision by Chelsea manager
Jose Mourinho given that Costa had netted four times in his three
opening Premier League games.
But for around 44 minutes, the attacking play belonged almost exclusively to Swansea.
boss Garry Monk was last week awarded the Premier League manager of the
month award in recognition of having matched Mourinho by overseeing a
return of nine points from nine available in August for the South Wales
Swans duo Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge showed how that
start had come about by providing pace down the flanks at Stamford
Bridge as Gylfi Sigurdsson drifted around in the space behind striker
The first sign of danger came from a spectacular
Routledge volley inside three minutes after Terry had only been able to
deflect Dyer's right-wing cross into his path.
Then eight minutes
later the hosts were reeling as Ki Sung-yeung, the South Korean
midfielder, weighted a pass out wide and left-back Neil Taylor's low
cross was diverted into his own net by Terry.
retreating and absorbing seemingly inevitable Chelsea pressure, Swansea
then pressed for a second goal as Gomis twice went close, driving wide
from 25 yards before skewing a shot wide from another Taylor cross.
Still inside the first 20 minutes, Routledge then curled just wide from the edge of the box.
on the stoke of half-time, Chelsea managed an equaliser when Costa
headed in a Cesc Fabregas corner, although Swansea duo Jordi Amat and
Ashley Williams might have shown more interest in the ball than
grappling with Terry and Branislav Ivanovic.
was a goal Chelsea scarcely deserved but, with the first meaningful
attack of a second half 11-minutes-old, Costa put the west London club
Eden Hazard and Fabregas exchanged passes in the left
corner of the area and the latter managed to get to the byline before
sliding a pass across the face of goal that allowed Costa to sidefoot
high into the net.
Gomis could have drawn Swansea level when he
found himself bearing down on Thibaut Courtois, but while he lifted the
ball over the goalkeeper his shot went wide of the post.
minutes later, in the 67th minute, Costa had his hat-trick as Ramires, a
half-time substitute, rolled a pass to within five yards of goal that
the striker smashed past Lukasz Fabianski.
With the game in the
bag, Mourinho brought on Remy for his debut as Costa departed to a
standing ovation and a beaming grin from Roman Abramovich, Chelsea's
billionaire owner who spent £32 million on bringing the former Atletico Madrid striker to Stamford
Remy then impressed nine minutes after coming on by sweeping in a fourth goal from Oscar's pass.
then grabbed a consolation goal their first-half display merited as
Shelvey raced clear and calmly slotted past Courtois from the edge of