Chelsea came out on top in a nine-goal thriller against Everton encapsulated in two frantic goalscoring spells in either half at Goodison Park. The visitors began with two goals in the first three minutes, but things unthinkably became even more chaotic after the break with five goals inside 11 minutes as both defences appeared to fall apart in the maelstrom, with the game eventually finishing 6-3.
Conceding an early deficit ultimately cost the hosts, as Jose Mourinho’s side went top of the Premier League, somewhat ironically after conceding three, on goal difference. It had looked plain sailing after Diego Costa made it three goals in three matches since his ￡32m move from Atletico Madrid and Branislav Ivanovic’s second.
Kevin Mirallas’ brilliant header on the stroke of half-time gave the hosts hope, only for Seamus Coleman’s own goal to hand the initiative back to Chelsea as the madness began. Steven Naismith and Nemanja Matic traded goals before substitute Samuel Eto’o made it 4-3 against the club he left in the summer, only for Ramires to give Chelsea breathing space again and Costa to add a late second.
Up until Naismith’s strike Chelsea appeared to have everything under control,Fifa 15 Coins PS, with Costa showing the new attacking edge which was lacking from Mourinho’s side last season. It took just 35 seconds to dismiss fears over a suggested hamstring injury by scoring before Everton had even touched the ball from kick-off.