Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:47 pm
A flurry of goals especially in the second half saw Chelsea eventually come away from Goodison Park with a thrilling 6-3 win over Everton in today’s late kick-off in the Premier League.
Spanish striker Diego Costa opened the floodgate of goals after only 36 seconds, getting on to a well weighted Cesc Fabregas pass to score his third goal in as many league matches.
And by the third minute the Blues from London were 2-0 up when Ramires’ poked pass set up Branislav Ivanovic to finish from close range.
The frenetic start to the match was maintained as Everton found the net in the 15th minute through Sylvain Distin, off a rebound of former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku’s header onto the Chelsea crossbar.
The goal was however ruled out for offside, though Everton continued to press for a goal back with Steven Naismith twice going close in the following minutes after Distin’s ruled out effort.
The Toffees’ resilience was rewarded on the stroke of half-time when Kevin Mirallas headed a Seamus Coleman cross past Belgian compatriot Thibaut Courtois.
The visitors had the first chance on goal in the second half with Fabregas setting up Costa again, but Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard denied the Spaniard with his leg seven minutes into the second half.
Chelsea would however score that third in the 67th minute when Coleman turned an Eden Hazard cross past his goalkeeper.
Everton response though was swift as Naismith notched his third league goal in as many matches with a well struck effort two minutes later.
Nemanja Matic restored Chelsea’s two-goal lead five minutes later with a strike into the bottom corner, but again Everton would claw back into the game when former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o scored a minute later and four minutes after coming on for his Everton debut.
A minute later however, and Chelsea had again restored its two-goal lead through Ramires before Costa sealed the result for the visitors in the 90th minute, latching on to substitute John Mikel Obi’s pass and rounding Howard before slotting home.
The result is Chelsea’s best scoreline at Goodison Park
The win, Chelsea’s best ever at Goodison Park, puts the Blues at the top of the league with nine points from three matches, ahead of Swansea City on goal difference after the Welsh side eased to a 3-0 win over West Brom.