Chelsea’s Diego Costa praised by Azpilicueta after brace against Swansea

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Cesar Azpilicueta hailed Diego Costa after the striker’s brace earned Chelsea a point in the 2-2 draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

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Costa took his tally against the Swans to seven goals in four Premier League appearances, having first opened the scoring on Sunday and then rescued a point after the home side had scored two quick-fire second-half goals to take the lead.

“His work is reflected in the game,” Azpilicueta said of Costa to Sky Sports. “He’s scoring a lot of goals for us and it’s very important because he can score goals, he works hard for us, he makes a lot of movement and obviously he is a big part of our team and we are happy that he is scoring goals.”

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The Blues dominated the first half following Costa’s opener and could well have been out of sight.

But goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois then conceded a penalty from which Gylfi Sigurdsson scored, and Leroy Fer fired the Swans in front after seemingly fouling Gary Cahill as he took the ball and raced through.

“It’s a huge disappointment because I think we had control of the game most of the time and their two goals came from our mistakes, so obviously it’s disappointing,” Azpilicueta added. “We were coming here to get the three points and to get out with just one with the game we did is disappointing.

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“The first one is a free kick for us and they counter-attack which cannot happen, and [the second goal] I think the free kick was clear, but the referee made that decision and we have to move forward.

“I think the reaction of the team was very good and we tried to come back, and at 2-2 we had the chances to get the third goal and the spirit of the team was very good.”

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