Man of the moment Diego Costa scored twice as Chelsea beat Everton 6-3 in an amazing Premier League game at Goodison Park.
The Spain striker had not even been guaranteed to play in Saturday’s encounter, after the London club revealed during the week that he had suffered a muscle problem.
However, he shook off any fitness concerns to take his place in attack – and duly delivered another two goals to continue his flying start to life in England, following his big-money move from Atletico Madrid.
That Costa’s brace – his third and fourth goals in his first three games – had to vie for the headlines said much about a game that will go down as one of the most remarkable seen in the Premier League in recent times, as Chelsea maintained their 100 per cent start to the season.
Costa and Branislav Ivanovic hit the hosts with a quick-fire double inside the opening three minutes to leave the Goodison Park crowd stunned.
But that was only act one in a dramatic script that also included a late goal for Everton new boy Samuel Eto’o against his former club.
Sylvain Distin was denied by the assistant referee’s flag and at the other end Tim Howard looked fortunate to escape a red card for handball in a frantic opening, before Kevin Mirallas reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time.
A second-half Seamus Coleman own goal was quickly followed by Steven Naismith’s third strike of the season, before Nemanja Matic then made it 4-2 to Chelsea.
Eto’o, introduced from the bench for the final 20 minutes, got in on the act to give Everton hope, but Ramires and then Costa with his second meant that Chelsea had the final say to leave Everton winless this season.
Burnley 0 – 0 Manchester United
Manchester City 0 – 1 Stoke City
Newcastle United 3 – 3 Crystal Palace
Queens Park Rangers 1 – 0 Sunderland
Swansea City 3 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United 1 – 3 Southampton
Everton 3 – 6 Chelsea