Diego Costa was on target yet again as Chelsea beat 10-man West Brom 2-0 to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Costa and Cesc Fabregas were named in the starting line-up after missing Spain’s clashes with Belarus and Germany due to hamstring problems and played key roles as Chelsea’s ominous start to the season continued.
Jose Mourinho had complained of a lack of atmosphere after the last home game against QPR, but the Stamford Bridge faithful were again given plenty to shout about on Saturday.
Striker Costa scored his 11th goal in 10 top-flight games and Eden Hazard was also on target in the first half on Saturday as Mourinho’s side made it six Premier League wins out of six at Stamford Bridge.
West Brom had struggled to live with the London club even before Claudio Yacob was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Costa, when he won the ball but appeared to go in with two feet.
Chelsea were in complete control throughout as they caused Alan Irvine’s side all sorts of problems in a one-sided encounter that saw the home side extend their lead over second-placed Southampton, who play Aston Villa on Monday.