Chelsea overcome Hull City but lose Costa to injury

Chelsea were made to work for all three points against Hull City today following their 3-2 victory over Steve Bruce’s relegation-threatened side.

Jose Mourinho’s side had the dream opening with Eden Hazard’s wonder strike and Diego Costa’s well taken effort giving the table-topper’s a 2-0 lead with less than 10 minutes on the clock. However, a stunning turnaround saw Ahmed Elmohamady and Abel Hernandez draw the Tigers level with less than two minutes between each strike.

An open second-half saw Thibaut Courtois pull off a fine trio of saves, to make amends for his horrendous error that led to Hernandez’s equaliser, before Loic Remy – who replaced an injured Diego Costa – scored less than two minutes after coming on.

The victory allowed Chelsea to re-open the six-point lead over Manuel Pellegrini’s chasing Manchester City side and left the Blues in the perfect position heading into the international break with a game in hand.