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Summary

  1. Costa scores on return to Chelsea starting XI
  2. Cahill adds second with close-range header
  3. Result: Arsenal 2-1 Burnley
  4. Sanchez scores injury-time penalty winner moments after Burnley equaliser
  5. Xhaka & Wenger both sent off
  6. Result: Southampton 3-0 Leicester

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By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodnight

Right, we are done for the night, and indeed the weekend.

It's been another belting round of Premier League fixtures, with shocks, drama, controversy and record-breaking goals among much else. 

And at the end of it all, Chelsea opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table thanks in part to a goal by this guy - well, who else was it going to be?

See you next time. 

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Today 'finished' Costa speculation

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Chelsea

More from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, speaking to Match of the Day.

Asked about Diego Costa, he said: "In this situation I told always the truth. I am happy for him and to finish this speculation. He played and played very well.

"I am pleased for him and for fans and club. Today finished all types of speculation."

On his side's performance: “This game was very difficult for us. It is not easy to play this type of game. I think our opponent played very good, good organisation and made it difficult for us.

“We are in the second part of the season and every game is now very tough for us and also for the other teams. You can see today the difficulty all of the teams have.”

Stats round-up

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Here's a few post-match stats to get your teeth around on this nippy Sunday evening.

  • In his 100th Chelsea game in all competitions, Diego Costa scored his 52nd goal for the club.
  • Costa’s strike was the latest first-half goal in the Premier League since exact goal times have been recorded by Opta (2006-07 – 51:35).
  • This is the fourth time a club has had 55+ points after 22 Premier League games, with Chelsea being responsible for three of those (also 2004-05 and 2005-06).
  • Hull have now gone 20 Premier League games without a clean sheet, since beating Swansea 2-0 back in August.
  • The Blues have now won 1002 Premier League points at home, becoming the third club to reach four figures in the competition (Man Utd 1116 and Arsenal 1019).
  • Antonio Conte has the same number of points from his first 22 Premier League games that Jose Mourinho had in his (55).

'The most important thing was Diego scored'

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Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte speaking to Sky Sports asked about striker Diego Costa: "His performance was good and I am pleased for this. 

"In the press conference before the game a lot of people asked me about his form, his attitude, and I said took the best decision for the team and I think I made the best decision after this performance. 

"It is normal to receive a lot of questions [about Costa]. The most important thing for us is the answer on the pitch, for the player, for me, for club, for fans and for the league table.

"Honestly I was very happy to see his celebration because I was celebrating the goal on the bench. The most important thing was he scored."

'We didn't get the big decisions'

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Hull City

Hull defender Harry Maguire: “They are a top side. When you don’t take your chances or get the big decisions they punish you and they have done today.

On Hull’s second-half penalty appeals: “The lino has given throw in but he [Marcos Alonso] didn’t touch ball from my angle. We didn’t get that one but dug in deep. We have got to kick on to the next game and get some points.

“The aim was to go in half-time 0-0. We played good football but gave away a sloppy goal. We don’t want to concede set-pieces like that.”

Bold Hull come up short

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The average positions in that match make interesting reading and show the degree to which Hull tried to take the game to the league leaders. 

Striker Abel Hernandez and midfielder Sam Clucas managed to keep their average positions in the Chelsea half, although their full-backs were less successful in getting forward, with Chelsea full-backs Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses clearly posing a greater threat in the opposition half.

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'It was a good performance but I want more'

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Hull City

Hull City manager Marco Silva speaking to Sky Sports: "It was not what we wanted from the game. We came here to compete, to take points. Chelsea are in a very good moment but we try.

"In some moments we controlled the game. Chelsea had more ball possession but our team tried and conceded in the last minute of the first half which was cheap. If we changed some things the result might have been different. 

"It was a good performance but I want more.

"My players say it was a penalty in the second half."

And on Ryan Mason's condition: "I don't have news. The player is in hospital."

'We're delighted to have Costa back'

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Chelsea

Chelsea's Gary Cahill speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a good weekend before we kicked a ball today. We knew how important a game it was. These opportunities don't come around too often so you have to capitalise. 

"Always in the Premier League anything can happen. At 1-0 it was dangerous and they gave it a big go."

On returning striker Diego Costa: "He is delighted to come back. There has been a lot of talk, if he misses one game you are hearing about all the different stories. It gets a bit tiring and the best way to respond is to get a goal. 

"We are delighted to have him back in the team."

On Chelsea's league position: "I see a healthy gap for us. We are determined to keep the gap going into two massive games. It is a big two or three weeks for us and we are over the first hurdle." 

And on his first-half clash of heads with Hull's Ryan Mason: "I tried to get on the end of the cross. We smashed heads I wish him all the very best."

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Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live

Chelsea have done enough. It is another clean sheet and another victory but it could have been different if the big penalty decision had gone against them. 

Hull were very good and Chelsea just did enough. 

Chelsea almost expected something to happen rather than make it happen but they came through.

FULL-TIME

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Workmanlike from Chelsea, who claim their eighth straight home Premier League win to move eight points clear at the summit.

Diego Costa was impressive on his return, taking his goal well and looking every inch a player committed to the Chelsea cause.

Hull can take heart from their performance, which saw them work Chelsea's goalkeeper on several occasions and see a good shout for a penalty turned down. 

They remain in the bottom three, two points from safety, but with reasons for optimism, albeit slightly tempered by the injuries suffered by Ryan Mason and Curtis Davies.

Gary Cahill and Antonio Conte
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Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live

Hull can be very proud of their performance today.

They have done very well.

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We're into four minutes of added time.

GREAT SAVE!

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Oumar Niasse gives a little flash of his abilities as the ball comes to him in the area and he hits a firm shot on the turn that forces Courtois into another good stop down low to his left. 

The Belgian does not want to be beaten today and has had to work hard for his clean sheet.

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All friends again

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Diego Costa is substituted to warm applause from the home fans, who seem to have forgotten all that silliness of the past couple of weeks. 

In typical Costa style he came back with a goal and a combative display. 

He gets a handshake and a pat on the back from Antonio Conte.  

Michy Batshuayi comes on.  

Diego Costa
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Can anyone catch Chelsea?

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Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live

The problem for everyone else is who is going to make the ground up to Chelsea?

I am sure Chelsea will drop five, six, seven or even eight points before the end of the season but are the other teams good enough to make that up?

GREAT SAVE!

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Chelsea nearly make it three but are denied by a good save by Eldin Jakupovic, who speads himself well to deny Diego Costa.

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Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live

Hull will be disappointed to let the centre-half run unchallenged and head the ball four yards from goal. 

Cahill has run from the near post to the far post and no one has tracked his run.

Cahill
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GOAL - Chelsea 2-0 Hull

Gary Cahill

You can't really say it's been coming. In fact, it was against the run of play. But Chelsea have their second goal and you have to say that's game over. They are going eight points clear at the top of the league tonight.

It is bottom-of-the-table defending by Hull. They leave one of Chelsea's most potent aerial threats completely unmarked in the area and Gary Cahill has the easiest of tasks to nod in Cesc Fabregas' inviting free-kick. 

Cahill
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Hull playing some lovely stuff here, they work it well from right to left where Andrew Robertson swings over one of his dangerous crosses, forcing Marcos Alonso to concede a corner.

Several players react with exasperation to his decision, which is perhaps a bit harsh and seems to indicate that Hull have them rattled.

SUBSTITUTION

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Adama Diomande - head chock-full of hand-based instructions from Silva - comes on to replace Abel Hernandez.

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Hull boss Marco Silva really does give good pep-talks on the sidelines. 

He's just about to send Adama Diomande on and is giving the Norway international all kinds of hand signals, windmilling away like a good 'un. 

I assume it all makes perfect sense to his players...

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Mo-Mo: Hull aggrieved? Pedro should have had a penalty and Davies should have had 2 yellows in the 1st half..

Neil Leverett: Really impressed with Hull City under Marco Silva. Organised, but most importantly a threat offensively

Richard Harris: All those Hull fans crowing about a penalty are happy to ignore the two perfectly good goals that Chelsea were denied. 

SUBSTITUTION

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Off goes Eden Hazard, whose considerable threat has been well dealt with by Hull, with Cesc Fabregas his replacement. 

Antonio Conte makes it a double change with Willian also coming on, replacing Pedro.

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Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live

It has been a game where everyone from Chelsea is waiting for someone else to do something. 

There is a little bit of nervousness going around the ground at the moment.

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Hull really are making it an uncomfortable afternoon for Chelsea here. 

They win a corner and then keep the pressure on after the ball is played in. It eventually breaks to Michael Dawson who took a shot from a tight angle around six yards out but Courtois made another stop - his fourth of the afternoon.

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Matt Barron: So Hull should have had a freekick before Chelsea's goal and now don't get a stonewall penalty? 12 vs 11 at the moment

Chris Fay: Hull are playing better than most teams do at the bridge. Silva is doing something right. Chelsea fan

Christopher David: Really poor that two officials with a great view can't give a simple penalty decision. The same scenario with Mustafi earlier 

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That said, Harry Maguire has just taken another shot on goal from a free-kick awared after Sam Clucas was blocked off by David Luiz. 

Maguire fails to make a telling connection, however, and the Chelsea goalkeeper watches it wide.

SUBSTITUTION

The crocked Davies - already off the pitch - is replaced by Oumar Niasse, the striker on loan from Everton.

A change of formation for the Tigers, who are clearly going with four at the back, which might spoil Harry Maguire's afternoon...

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More injury problems for Hull.

Curtis Davies has pulled up with an apparent hamstring problem and is having to go off.

Hull's squad is already pretty threadbare and they've lost another two players today. And they sold Jake Livermore this week.

Problems for Marco Silva.

Marco Silva
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The ever-dangerous Digeo Costa works some space on the edge of the are and fires a low shot that Eldin Jakupovic saves with ease.

Diego Costa
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Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live

Courtois has been the busier of the two keepers.

Hull have more than played their part in this game. They do not deserve to be behind.

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David Meyler is the next Hull player to take a pot-shot from distance.

His 25-yarder is on target and Courtois has to get down to make another save.

Hull are looking good under Marco Silva. You sense that even if they don't win today, they have enough to make a real fist of their survival fight over the coming months.

YELLOW CARD

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Andrew Robertson goes into the book for an agricultural challenge on Victor Moses.

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Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live

It is a clear penalty.

There isn't any ambiguity about it. Hernandez got there first and was brought down.

Penalty appeal for Hull

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I think Chelsea just got away with one there. 

Abel Hernandez and Marcos Alonso went for the ball in the area and the Hull striker just got there a moment before the Chelsea man, who clipped his ankle. 

Neil Swarbrick didn't see anything wrong and Hull's players look pretty miffed about the decision.

Ryan Mason update

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The news from the Hull camp is that Ryan Mason has been taken to hospital after that clash of heads with Gary Cahill.

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Straight away Hull's secret weapon Harry Maguire steps up to intercept in midfield, runs forward and then - a tad optimistically in my humble opinion - lamps it from fully 40 yards.

It goes wide but you have to admire his confidence.

KICK-OFF

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Off we go for the second half.