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Watch: Diego Costa leaves GK with no chance with beautiful curling goal

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Diego Costa continued his impressive start to the 2015/16 season on Sunday afternoon by producing a stunning curling effort from 25 yards out to help Chelsea towards a third straight victory.

The Spanish international came in for criticism last season and there was talk he'd be moved on over the summer, but he has now scored seven goals already this year in the league.

His latest effort, though, may be his best, not only of the current campaign but arguably his Chelsea career to date. He certainly won't have hit a ball much better in his time at Stamford Bridge.

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The goal itself was an important one as it put Chelsea 2-0 up after 55 minutes in a tough away trip at St. Mary's Stadium.

And, although Eden Hazard's opening goal drew comparisons to Blues legend Gianfranco Zola, Costa's long-range effort matched his teammate's in terms of X factor.

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Picking up the ball from Hazard near the edge of Southampton's penalty area, Costa took a couple of touches before letting rip with a powerful, perfectly placed curling effort that left Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster with no chance.

The way the Chelsea striker wrapped his right foot around the ball, it almost looked like a free-kick. 

Maybe Costa will have to get his name on the waiting list when it comes to Chelsea set-pieces moving forward.

The excellent strike - that is sure to be a late entry for October's Goal of the Month competition - was the icing on the cake of another great result for Antonio Conte's men.

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They've now won three straight Premier League games and have scored nine goals without conceding in that time.

The three points against Southampton sees Chelsea move up to fourth place, just one point behind Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Costa, meanwhile, is now level with Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero as the Premier League's top goalscorer.

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