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English Premier League: Diego Costa gives Chelsea a breathing room
Diego Costa scored his fiftieth and fifty-first English Premier League goals as Chelsea overcame the mighty spirited Southampton 4-2 on Tuesday to establish a 7-point lead at the table top.

Costa set up Hazard's early opener, which was effectively canceled out by Oriol Romeu, before Cahill restored the hosts' domination at an unseasonably cold Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa sealed victory with a second half brace, ending a 7-game goal drought and mounting the pressure on the second-place Tottenham Hotspur, who will visit the in-form Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Having beaten the Spurs on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-finals, Chelsea's latest win reassured the status of Conte's side as England's team to beat. Now they face a thorny trip to Everton this weekend and they have now gone eleven league games without a clean sheet. This is their longest run since 1996 but the finishing line is just five games away.

Cesc Fabregas, Hazard, and Costa returned to the Chelsea XI after starting Saturday's 4-2 win over the Tottenham hotspur on the bench and they combined for the fifth-minute opener.

Fabregas's immaculate pass from halfway sent Costa running away down the inside-right side and his cut-back was neatly swept into the bottom-left corner by Hazard, goal!

This Belgian forward now has scored fifteen goals in the English Premier League season for the first time. This is his highest count since netting twenty times for Lille in 2011-12. The trio were at it again very shortly after Costa cleverly cushioning Cesc Fabregas's pass into the path of Hazard, who curled well wide. But there had already been nervy moments in the hosts' penalty area – a completely unmarked Jack Stephens volleying tamely at Courtois – and before long Southampton had leveled the score.

The next goal came from an ex-Chelsea midfielder Romeu, who had last scored in January 2016.

A storming run by N'Golo Kante forced Stephens into a desperate headed clearance and Costa had a penalty appeal turned down, but Chelsea were wavering until Cahill struck in first-half stoppage time.

After a short corner with Hazard, Fabregas lofted a cross to the far post and Costa held off Bertrand to plant a header past Fraser Forster. Costa made it 4-1 with a delightful goal in the 89th minute, swift passes with first Hazard and then the substitute Pedro before drilling a low shot past Forster.

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