Aug 12, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Real Sociedad
Costa (2', 7')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Half-Time Report: Diego Costa brace puts Chelsea in command

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Athletic Bilbao during their Copa del Rey match on January 29, 2014
Chelsea lead Real Sociedad 2-0 at half time courtesy of a Diego Costa brace on his Stamford Bridge debut.

An early double from Diego Costa has put Chelsea in command against Real Sociedad at the break in their final pre-season friendly before the new season.

The summer signing took just two minutes to get off the mark, charging forward from midfield before finding the back of the net from the edge of the box to make it 1-0 early on.

Having seen Ramires miss a sitter to put the Blues two up, Costa took matters into his own hands and added his second of the night, heading in from close range after Andre Schurrle's curled effort came back off the post.

Esteban Granero came closest to getting Sociedad off the mark in the first half with his curler from outside the box which swerved away from the target at the last moment.

Costa looked as though he would have the opportunity to round off his hat-trick before the interval after almost being picked out by Cesc Fabregas's long ball, but the pass had too much pace on it and Enaut Zubikarai safely collected.

Diego Costa of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014
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