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Chelsea Extend Lead Despite Southampton Draw

England Premier League leaders, Chelsea FC on Sunday opened up a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League despite being held to a 1-1 draw against top-four hopefuls Southampton in a thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s leading scorer this season, Diego Costa, opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 11th minute with a close-range header but Southampton deservedly equalised eight minutes later through Dusan Tadic’s penalty.

Costa, who has been heavily criticized by a section of the media for failing to score in the UEFA champions league this season, shook of the criticisms by netting his 18th goal of the campaign and giving Chelsea a six point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.

Southampton dominated for much of the opening period but Chelsea asserted their authority after the break with Costa clipping the post while John Terry was denied in a frantic finish.

Chelsea lead second-placed Manchester City, who were beaten 1-0 by struggling Burnley on Saturday, with a game in hand while Southampton are sixth, three points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

United host fellow Champions League qualification hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United travel to Everton later on Sunday.

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