Watford 1-2 Chelsea: Blues come from behind through Batshuayi, Costa

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Chelsea made it two wins in two under new manager Antonio Conte with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Capoue put the home side ahead just before the hour mark, but Batshuayi and Costa each scored inside the final 10 minutes to steal three points.

The two sides combined for just five shots in the first half (two on target), though Chelsea were undoubtedly the more dangerous of the two. Eden Hazard blazed down the left flank time and again, putting the ball into dangerous areas without any reward from Costa or Pedro crashing the far post.

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Capoue provided the breakthrough for the home side in the 55th minute (WATCH HERE). Adlene Guedioura‘s cross found the Frenchman unmarked beyond the far post, and Capoue settled with a deft first touch before unleashing a left-footed volley into the ceiling of Thibaut Courtois‘s goal.

Chelsea nearly hit back with an equalizer three minutes later, but Hazard’s shot-cross from a tight angle was held well by Heurelho Gomes with Costa and Oscar looming large inside the six-yard box.

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Batshuayi equalized in the 80th minute, seven minutes after replacing Oscar from the bench. It wouldn’t have been possible without Gomes’s howler in the face of goal. Hazard’s initial shot was saved by the Brazilian, but spilled into the path of Batshuayi for the easy tap-in.

Seven minutes later, Costa was played in behind the Watford defense by Cesc Fabregas, and the Brazilian-turned-Spaniard applied the cool, right-footed finish between the legs of Gomes in front of the traveling Chelsea fans. Costa, coincidentally, could have been sent off with two yellow cards, but managed to escape with only a single booking, as he so often does.

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The victory sees Chelsea match Manchester City, Manchester United and Hull City’s six-point starts to the 2016-17 Premier League season, while the Hornets remain winless through two games.