• Summer signing Diego Costa scores on his home debut
  • Eden Hazard scores after Cesc Fabregas assist
  • Chelsea remain top of table after second win

Diego Costa was again on target for his new club as Chelsea eventually overcame a stubborn Leicester to maintain their 100% start to the Premier League.

The first half belonged to Championship winners Leicester, who caused the Chelsea defence some anxious moments.

In the second half David Nugent wasted a great chance when clear on goal.

But Chelsea attacked with more purpose after the break, with Costa scoring from close range and Eden Hazard drilling low beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester were the latest Premier League newcomers to fail in their attempts to thwart Chelsea, even though the hosts were a less vibrant and fearsome outfit than the one which impressed in victory over Burnley on Monday.

After a subdued performance in the first half, there were fears that the Londoners were reverting to the habits which proved costly in their pursuit of the title last season - slipping up against teams regarded as lesser opponents.

Chelsea 2-0 Leicester: Mourinho pleased despite first half display

But the Blues did not have a striker as clinical as Spain international Costa, 25, during their last campaign, and the £32m summer signing's second league goal of the season was the nerve-easer that Chelsea desperately needed after only excellent goalkeeping from Thibaut Courtois had kept the score goalless.

Courtois was again preferred to Petr Cech, forcing the 32-year-old to readjust to the unfamiliar role of substitute after nearly 500 appearances as Chelsea's first-choice goalkeeper. From the bench, the demoted Cech could have watched his 22-year-old replacement make two fine saves, one in either half.

First the Belgium international prevented the light-footed Riyad Mahrez from scoring and, after the break, quickly came off his line to thwart Nugent, the former England striker who claims he has "unfinished business"  in the Premier League.

Match facts

Chelsea have failed to score a first-half goal in three of their last four Premier League games

Costa has scored two goals from two shots on target in the league this season

Cesc Fabregas now has 73 Premier League assists, which is as many as former Manchester United striker Andy Cole

Fabregas has now assisted three goals in two Premier League appearances for Chelsea.

The 29-year-old - a £6m purchase for Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth back in 2007 - has not scored in the Premier League since March 2010 and his wait must continue because of Courtois's reflexes.

The Foxes had the best away record in the Championship last season and twice came from behind at home to draw against Everton on the opening day, but ultimately lacked the guile needed to beat a Chelsea back four which was the most frugal in the league last season.

After their sluggish first period the Blues added urgency to their play in the second half and it needed an acrobatic save from Schmeichel to stop a Branislav Ivanovic header from reaching the top corner.

Foxes loss disappoints Pearson v3

Following wave after wave of Chelsea attack - Oscar hitting the base of the post with a curling effort - a goal for the hosts seemed inevitable.

Again, Ivanovic was at the heart of it, charging down the right before his ricocheted cross found his striker inside the box. Costa controlled the ball with his chest and swept home from 10 yards.

Chelsea's second was preventable as Schmeichel allowed Belgium attacker Hazard's low effort from the left to slip underneath him.

Roman Abramovich could not contain his delight on the 11th anniversary of his first home game as Chelsea owner, which was against the same opponents.

The beaming Russian took part in a standing ovation when Costa made way for Didier Drogba, the 36-year-old striker making his first appearance at Stamford Bridge since rejoining the club in the summer as the match ended joyously for the Blues.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "We're disappointed. Key moments didn't quite go our way. I thought we played exceptionally well in the first half but it's about taking your chances when you get them.

"There are more positives than there are negatives. We're not talking about us coming to places like this and being happy to lose the game, but I think the players showed what they're capable of. What we need to do is sustain it for the entirety of the game."

Thibaut Courtois saves a shot from Leicester City"s David Nugent

Thibaut Courtois justified his selection in goal with two great saves to stop Leicester from taking the lead

Diego Costa has scored two goals from just two shots on target in the league so far

Diego Costa has scored two goals from just two shots on target in the league so far

Eden Hazard

Hazard created six goal-scoring chances against Leicester before finding the net himself

Didier Drogba replaces Diego Costa

Didier Drogba makes his first appearance at Stamford Bridge since re-signing for the club in the summer

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Chelsea

  • 13 Courtois
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 24 Cahill
  • 26 Terry
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 21 Matic
  • 04 Fàbregas
  • 14 Schürrle (Ramires - 64' )
  • 08 Oscar (Willian - 70' )
  • 10 Hazard
  • 19 Diego Costa (Drogba - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cech
  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 05 Zouma
  • 07 Ramires
  • 11 Drogba
  • 12 Mikel
  • 22 Willian

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet
  • 05 Morgan
  • 18 Moore
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 26 Mahrez (Albrighton - 68' )
  • 10 King
  • 07 Hammond Booked (Taylor-Fletcher - 73' )
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 35 Nugent
  • 23 Ulloa (Wood - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Albrighton
  • 12 Hamer
  • 20 Hopper
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 41,604

Match Stats

Shots

27 6

On target

10 4

Corners

8 7

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chelsea 2, Leicester City 0.

90:00 +3:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Leicester City 0.

90:00 +3:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +2:52

Delay in match Willian (Chelsea) because of an injury.

90:00 +0:51

Foul by Didier Drogba (Chelsea).

90:00 +0:51

Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:08

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

90:00 +0:08

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:31

Attempt saved. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian with a cross.

88:56

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

88:49

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

88:03

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

87:07

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by John Terry.

86:25

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

86:25

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:09

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas following a set piece situation.

83:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

83:28

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:28

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City).

82:36

Attempt saved. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

79:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Didier Drogba replaces Diego Costa.

78:51

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by John Terry.

77:32

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

76:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 2, Leicester City 0. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

72:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces Dean Hammond because of an injury.

71:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:30

Delay in match Dean Hammond (Leicester City) because of an injury.

69:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Oscar.

68:46

Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

68:26

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Costa.

67:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Riyad Mahrez.

67:08

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:08

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

66:22

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

66:22

Dean Hammond (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:04

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

63:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Ramires replaces André Schürrle.

62:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 1, Leicester City 0. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

59:56

Offside, Leicester City. Andy King tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

58:38

Attempt saved. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

57:57

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

56:51

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

56:35

Attempt saved. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a through ball.

56:11

Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:11

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

54:27

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

54:23

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a through ball.

54:11

Attempt blocked. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oscar.

53:57

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

53:49

Attempt saved. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

53:43

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

52:50

Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Oscar.

51:52

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

51:19

Attempt saved. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Hammond.

51:09

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:58 Booking

Booking Dean Hammond (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:30

Delay in match André Schürrle (Chelsea) because of an injury.

50:08

André Schürrle (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:08

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

49:14

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

49:14

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:33

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Dean Hammond.

47:57

Attempt saved. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.

47:34

Oscar (Chelsea) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

45:00

Second Half begins Chelsea 0, Leicester City 0.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chelsea 0, Leicester City 0.

44:43

Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but André Schürrle is caught offside.

43:03

Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

41:24

Foul by André Schürrle (Chelsea).

41:24

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:21

Attempt blocked. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

40:20

Foul by André Schürrle (Chelsea).

40:20

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:39

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:39

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

36:00

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eden Hazard following a corner.

35:37

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

35:33

Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

32:50

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:50

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

32:03

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

32:01

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Moore.

31:52

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Hammond.

29:39

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

29:39

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:06

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:06

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

28:06

Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a cross.

25:48

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

24:33

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

24:33

David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:21

Hand ball by David Nugent (Leicester City).

19:25

Attempt blocked. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

19:01

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

17:58

Offside, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

17:01

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

15:20

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

15:20

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:54

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:54

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

11:38

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

8:15

Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Diego Costa.

7:27

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:27

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

6:42

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

6:40

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

5:45

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

5:45

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:05

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:39

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Dean Hammond.

0:19

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:19

Foul by André Schürrle (Chelsea).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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