Chelsea thumps Newcastle United 5-1

Chelsea thumps Newcastle United 5-1

- Diego Costa scored his seventh goal in eight league games under Guus Hiddink

- Pedro scored two goals and one each by Traore, and Willian to give Chelsea an easy win

- Andros Townsend scored a consolation for Newcastle before the end of the game

- Baba Rahman replaced John Terry who limped off in the 38th minute

Chelsea thumps Newcastle United 5-1

Diego Costa celebrates scoring Chelsea's first goal

Diego Costa scored his seventh goal in eight league games under Guus Hiddink on Saturday against Newcastle United at the Stamford Bridge in the Blues’ revival after the sacking of former manager, Jose Mourinho.

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They remain unbeaten under interim manager Guus Hiddink in 12 games in all competitions, and unbeaten in their past 10 Premier League games.

Diego Costa opened the fury of his team and by the 17 minute, they had put three goals past Newcastle who now drop into the relegation zone on goal difference.

The Spanish striker, Costa sent in the opener in the 5 minute from a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner after Willian brilliantly gave him a through ball.

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Chelsea did not look back and got the second through Pedro in the 9 minute when the former Barca player pounced on a Rolando Aarons error to fire home.

Diego Costa was on hand to set up Willian to make it 3-0 from a left footed shot. Pedro again added a fourth one and a personal second before Bourkina Faso player, Bertrand Traore added a fifth goal to give Chelsea all three points.

The Magpies got a consolation on the 90 minute mark through Andros Townsend who drove in a left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

The only blemish of the night was when the skipper of the side, John Terry limped off to be replaced by Baba Rahman in the 38 minute.

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Chelsea seem rejuvenated under manager Guus Hiddink who said: "We can be pleased with the performance of the guys. We tried to surprise them in the beginning. Happily it worked out.

"It's important for the way we played, not just in attack. The players also have to do defensive work and that is where we are aiming and then the quality comes out."

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