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Costa hits double on home debut

ESPN staff
August 12, 2014
Will Chelsea win the Premier League?

Diego Costa struck twice in the first seven minutes of his Stamford Bridge debut to hand Chelsea a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad.

Costa, a £32 million acquisition from Atletico Madrid in July, gave Jose Mourinho's men the ideal preparation for their Premier League opener at Burnley on Monday with a deserved victory.

Chelsea made the perfect start when Costa opened the scoring in the second minute. The striker was unleashed by a fine Ramires through-ball and made no mistake in dispatching past goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai from a tight angle.

He then doubled Chelsea's lead five minutes later when he tapped home from close range after Andre Schuerrle's shot crashed off a post and into his team-mate's path.

Costa missed a chance to snatch a hat-trick in the second half while Fernando Torres also fluffed a clear-cut opening.

Thibaut Courtois - largely untroubled for most of the match - had to be alert to deny Chory Castro in the 77th minute.

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