DIEGO COSTA

  • Diego Costa bemoans exaggerated reaction to challenges February 14, 2015

    Under-fire striker Diego Costa, set to return for Chelsea's Champions League tie at Paris St Germain on Tuesday following a three-match ban, believes his on-field challenges sometimes provoke "exaggerated reactions". The Brazilian-born Spanish international was heavily criticised after incurring a suspension for stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can in a League Cup...
  • No angel but not guilty, says banned Chelsea striker Diego Costa February 1, 2015

    London: Chelsea striker Diego Costa has denied he deliberately stamped on Liverpool's Emre Can but admitted to being no angel on the field. The Brazilian-born Spain international missed Saturday's top-of-the-table 1-1 draw with Manchester City after serving the first of a three-game ban for the incident during Tuesday's League Cup semi-final,...
  • Chelsea striker Diego Costa banned for 3 games after appeal fails January 30, 2015

    London: Chelsea striker Diego Costa will miss Saturday's crucial English Premier League game against title rival Manchester City after being handed a three-match ban for stamping on an opponent's leg. The Spain international contested the English Football Association's decision to charge him with violent conduct for treading on the right ankle...
  • Embattled Chelsea cancel news conference January 30, 2015

    London: Chelsea have cancelled their pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday's top-of-the-table crunch game against champions Manchester City, the Premier League leaders said on Thursday. Chelsea have been the focus of attention from the Football Association this week after manager Jose Mourinho was fined 25,000 pounds ($38,000) and pivotal striker Diego...
  • FA charges Chelsea's Costa over stamp in Liverpool semifinal January 29, 2015

    London: Chelsea striker Diego Costa is facing a three-match ban after being charged on Wednesday by the English Football Association with violent conduct for stamping on an opponent during the League Cup semifinal win over Liverpool. The Spain international stamped on Emre Can's right ankle early in the game, but it...
  • Diego Costa, Oscar score two each as Chelsea thrash Swansea 5-0 January 17, 2015

    Swansea: Chelsea scored four goals in the opening 36 minutes in their 5-0 demolition of Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday. Oscar struck first within the first minute at the Liberty Stadium. Diego Costa added two more in the 20th and 34th, before Oscar grabbed a second for a 4-0...
  • Oscar, Costa score as Chelsea beat Newcastle to take solo lead in EPL January 10, 2015

    London: A goal in each half from Oscar and Diego Costa handed Chelsea a 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday, a result that moves Jose Mourinho's side two points clear atop the Premier League. Newcastle began strongly and was denied the opening goal when Petr Cech made a superb low save...
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger calls on FA to ban divers December 31, 2014

    London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on the Football Association (FA) to ban players who dive in order to rid the game of play acting to win free kicks or penalties. Diving is once again a hot topic in the Premier League after three Chelsea players, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa...
  • Terry, Costa score as Chelsea beat West Ham 2-0, stay top in EPL December 26, 2014

    London: John Terry scored for the second straight game and Diego Costa grabbed his 13th goal of the season as Chelsea beat West Ham 2-0 to stay top of the Premier League on Friday. West Ham arrived at Stamford Bridge in fourth place and one of the surprises of the season,...
  • EPL: Eden Hazard, Diego Costa give Chelsea 2-0 win over Hull City December 13, 2014

    London: Eden Hazard and Diego Costa scored as Premier League leader Chelsea responded to their first loss of the season with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Hull. Hazard scored his eighth goal of the season in the seventh minute, and Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone was dismissed on the hour after being...
  • EPL: Chelsea aim to make it another Bridge of sighs for Spurs December 3, 2014

    Chelsea will look to stretch one of the longest unbeaten sequences in the top flight when the runaway leaders entertain arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. There has been little love lost between the fans of both sides since Spurs beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley in the first all-London FA Cup...
  • Diego Costa banned for Chelsea derby but Mourinho unconcerned November 30, 2014

    London: Diego Costa will miss Chelsea's midweek derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Sunderland but manager Jose Mourinho seems unconcerned. The striker, top scorer for the leaders with 11 Premier League goals this season, is suspended for...
  • EPL: Sunderland hold league leaders Chelsea to a goalless draw November 30, 2014

    Sunderland: Chelsea failed to score for the first time this season, although the Premier League leaders remained unbeaten after a 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Saturday. Having previously been held by Manchester rivals United and City, this was just the third time this season Chelsea had dropped points. Both teams did hit...
  • Chelsea beat West Brom 2-0 to strengthen their top position November 22, 2014

    London: Chelsea kept up their title charge in the Premier League by easily beating 10-man West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Saturday, with Diego Costa scoring his league-leading 11th goal of the season. Costa downed a cross from Oscar to volley in the opening goal in the 11th minute at Stamford Bridge...
  • Diego Costa is fit: Jose Mourinho November 22, 2014

    London: Jose Mourinho has declared Diego Costa finally free of the hamstring injury that has dogged his Chelsea career but admitted to concerns about how he would cope with their "incredible marathon" of games for the rest of 2014. Costa is expected to start Saturday's game with West Bromwich Albion after...
  • Spain fully committed despite Ramos comments, says coach November 15, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no doubts about the commitment of Diego Costa and other members of his squad following the suggestion from Sergio Ramos that they are not giving their all. The holders' slow start to qualifying for Euro 2016 has led to tensions in the camp ahead of...
  • Diego Costa scores winner as Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 November 8, 2014

    Diego Costa's second-half goal earned Chelsea a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday as the unbeaten leader negotiated another tough test in their relentless challenge for the Premier League title. Dropped by Spain on Friday to allow him to recover from a string of nagging injuries, Costa started at Anfield and...
  • EPL: Struggling Liverpool face table-toppers Chelsea; City take on QPR November 8, 2014

    Manchester: Criticised for picking a perceived weakened lineup against Real Madrid in midweek, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers can justify that controversial selection if his regulars return to hand Chelsea a first Premier League loss of the season on Saturday. Rodgers was accused by some of betraying Liverpool's rich European pedigree by...
  • Spain drop Diego Costa for European qualifier November 7, 2014

    Madrid: Chelsea striker Diego Costa was dropped from the Spain squad on Friday for the European Championship qualifier next week while he nurses a groin injury. "Our doctors have been in contact with Chelsea's doctors and they have agreed it would be best for him to rest," Spain coach Vicente del...
  • Diego Costa back for Chelsea as Jose Mourinho urges Spain caution October 31, 2014

    London: Chelsea's leading scorer Diego Costa is fit for Saturday's London derby at home to Queens Park Rangers, but Spain need to look after him in the next international break, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. Mourinho did nothing to diffuse tension between the club and Spain's coach Vicente Del Bosque,...
  • Diego Costa likely to start against Manchester United October 26, 2014

    Manchester: Spanish marksman Diego Costa has overcome his hamstring problem and illness and is likely to be in Chelsea's starting squad against Manchester United in the English Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday. According to the Daily Mail, the football league's top scorer came through Saturday's training session and will...
  • Costa may return against Manchester United, says Mourinho October 24, 2014

    Diego Costa, Ramires and John Mikel Obi could all return to the Chelsea squad for their Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, manager Jose Mourinho said. But striker Loic Remy is definitely out. The three all missed Chelsea's 6-0 Champions League club record win over Maribor on...
  • Chelsea may miss Diego Costa as Champions League resumes October 20, 2014

    The likely absence of Diego Costa should not stop Chelsea staying in command of Group G of the Champions League, with the Premier League leaders big favourites to beat Maribor at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is unsure when Costa will be back after the striker returned injured...
  • We were all suffering for Costa, says Del Bosque October 13, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque predicted Diego Costa would be a key performer for Spain in coming years after the Brazil-born forward ended his long wait for an international goal on Sunday. Costa's 69th-minute strike in a 4-0 win away to Luxembourg in Euro 2016 qualification Group C was his first...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Spain rebound with 4-0 win at Luxembourg October 13, 2014

    Diego Costa scored his first goal for Spain in seven appearances to help the defending European champion ease to a 4-0 win at Luxembourg and rebound from their first qualifying loss in eight years on Sunday. The placid victory put Spain back on track to qualifying for the 2016 European championship...
  • Costa has to prove himself for Spain, says coach Del Bosque October 8, 2014

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa may be prolific at club level, but Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque feels it is time he proves himself on the international stage as he leads the champions' attack during Euro 2016 qualifying. Having convinced Costa to turn his back on Brazil, the country of his birth,...
  • Costa banking on Fabregas link to help end Spain drought October 6, 2014

    Diego Costa has yet to open his account for Spain in five appearances, a perplexing state of affairs given his prolific form for Atletico Madrid last season and his blistering start at Chelsea. The Brazil-born forward, who turned his back on the country of his birth to play for La Roja,...
  • Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 to extend league lead October 5, 2014

    London: Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points over Manchester City after beating Arsenal 2-0 Sunday in a feisty London derby. Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 27th minute, coolly slotting home a penalty past Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny. The Belgium international...
  • Del Bosque calls Diego Costa for Spain October 3, 2014

    Striker Diego Costa was called up by Spain on Friday for European Championship qualifying despite the fitness concerns of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Costa was chosen in the 23-man squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers at Slovakia on Thursday and at Luxembourg on Oct. 12. Mourinho complained that his team's top scorer was...