Video: Costa pokes home to send Chelsea top

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Chelsea had Diego Costa to thank as they usurped Liverpool at the top of the league table with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

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Against the dogged hosts, the Spaniard’s poked 41st minute effort was enough to settle proceedings.

Quickest to react as Boro failed to clear Eden Hazard’s dangerous inswinging corner, the former Atletico Madrid man continued his strong form in front of goal with an unerring low finish beyond Victor Valdes’ despairing dive.

Despite late pressure from Aitor Karanka’s men, Chelsea held firm to leapfrog early pacesetters Liverpool in the table.

Not a bad day’s work at all for the forward, then, who also opened up a gap at the Premier League goalscoring charts.

With 10 efforts in just 12 games, the 28-year-old is now two ahead of rival Sergio Aguero in the standings after the Manchester City talisman failed to net in the Citizens’ 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.


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