Soccer

Costa steers Conte's Chelsea to winning start

  • Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chelsea's team manager Antonio Conte gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Chelsea's team manager Antonio Conte gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • West Ham's James Collins, center celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    West Ham's James Collins, center celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

Striker Diego Costa struck late as Chelsea won its first competitive match under new manager Antonio Conte, beating West Ham 2-1 Monday night in their English Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge.

West Ham thought it had thought grabbed a late equalizer in the London derby after James Collins' well-struck shot in the 77th minute canceled out Eden Hazard's penalty kick.

But Costa was able to steer the ball past Hammers goalkeeper Adrian from outside the box in the 89th to give the home team the result it deserved.

West Ham rode its luck for much of the match with Adrian denying Willian twice.