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Costa Bags A Brace In Blues Win

Diego Costa bagged a brace for Chelsea, as the Blues defeated Real Sociedad 2-0 in a pre-season friendly.

Jose Mourinho went with a strong line that included Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard and Costa in the club's last pre-season friendly.

It didn't take long for Chelsea to take the lead, as Costa neatly slotted home into the far post, after collecting a pass from Ramires.

Six minutes later and the lead was extended, Costa this time with the simplest of tap-ins from close range, after Andre Schurrle's shot crashed onto the woodwork.

New Sociedad signign, Esteban Granero, almost reduced the Blues' lead in the 18th minute but his long range effort sailed inches wide, after some great build-up from the visitors.

Mikel Gonzalez then came close in the 35th minute with a long range effort that forced Thibaut Courtois into a fine save.

Mourinho rang the changes in the second half, bringing on Oscar, Willian and gave a Stamford Bridge debut to Felipe Luis.

The Blues dominated proceedings throughout the second half, however, Sociedad had chances of their own, as Gonzalo Castro was denied by Courtois from close range in the 78th minute.

Oscar nearly added a third just before the full-time whistle, but the Brazilian's powerful effort was tipped away by Zubikarai.

 

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