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Diego Costa scored a late winner, as Chelsea beat London rivals West Ham 2-1 in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
This first win in the first match of the Antonio Conte era will not be remembered for style or artistic merit, but the Chelsea players already look a mirror image of their new Italian manager.
Conte's hard-working and committed players, who took the lead through Eden Hazard's 47th minute penalty, bounced back from James Collins' shock equaliser on 77 minutes to secure all three points, thanks to Costa's 89th-minute winner.
Chelsea, who went in goalless at the break for the eighth time in their last 20 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge, broke the deadlock two minutes into the second half through Hazard's emphatic penalty, awarded for a mistimed Michail Antonio tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta.
But Slaven Bilic's side refused to lie down, and the Hammers netted with their first shot on target, as Collins drilled home after Cheikhou Kouyate's initial shot from Dimitri Payet's corner had been charged down.
It looked like another good result on the road for the Hammers, who beat Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on their travels last season, until Costa struck a late winner to silence the noisy contingent from East London, in good voice with their paeans to 'The Ginger Pele' Collins and songs to thank the Chelsea taxpayers "for building our stadium".
The Brazil-born Spain international, who had been off the pace all evening, suddenly burst into life when reacting to Michy Batshuayi's flick-on from Nemanja Matic's long ball, before arrowing an inch-perfect shot through Collins' legs and into the far corner of Adrian's goal.
Bilic and West Ham will argue that Costa should not even have been on the field at that point, with referee Anthony Taylor opting not to show the former Atletico Madrid striker a second yellow card for a nasty lunge on Adrian midway through the second half.
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