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Diego Costa scored his first Champions League goal for Chelsea as the beleaguered Barclays Premier League champions claimed a much-needed fillip by thrashing Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge.

Willian, Oscar, with a penalty, Costa - on as a substitute after being omitted as one of six changes following the loss at Everton - and Cesc Fabregas scored as the Blues opened Group G with a 4-0 victory.

It was their their first home win of the season and second in all after a miserable start to the campaign which has sparked suggestions of a crisis.

Chelsea may be floundering domestically, but once again they lead the way for English clubs in Europe after Arsenal followed Manchester United and City in making a losing start.

Sterner tests await Jose Mourinho's side - first up the Gunners here on Saturday - but there were signs of improvement against albeit limited opposition.

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