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Costa earns Chelsea 11th straight win

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Chelsea’s French midfielder N’Golo Kante (C) watches as Chelsea’s Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (L) runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park in south London on December 17, 2016.
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Diego Costa’s goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday as the Premier League leaders claimed a club record-equalling 11th consecutive league victory.

Costa struck in the 43rd-minute at a foggy Selhurst Park, rising at the back post to nod Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross past Wayne Hennessey for his 13th goal of the season.

But Costa and team-mate N’Golo Kante picked up bookings that will rule them out of the home game with Bournemouth on December 26.

Antonio Conte’s side opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the table, ahead of the rest of the weekend fixtures.

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