• Pre-season

Fabregas opens his Chelsea account

ESPN staff
July 30, 2014
Cesc Fabregas is congratulated after scoring his free-kick © Getty Images

Cesc Fabregas scored his first goal in a Chelsea shirt as Jose Mourinho's side continued their pre-season preparations with a 3-1 win against Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

Fellow summer signing Diego Costa, who joined in a £32 million switch from Atletico Madrid, also impressed with two assists but was involved in a heated exchange with Vitesse captain Guram Kashia.

After just three minutes in Arnhem, Costa was released by Nemanja Matic to slip the ball into the path of Mohamed Salah, who slotted home into an empty net.

Fabregas, who Mourinho claims turned down a return to his former club Arsenal in favour of Chelsea this summer, then found the top corner with a delightful free-kick from 25 yards out with 24 minutes gone.

Costa set up Matic to make it 3-0 after 76 minutes, but Chelsea were caught napping at the back late on, however, with Uros Djurdjevic heading home a consolation goal.

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