Saturday's fixtures of Week 3 of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season have produced a number of brilliant football matches around England.
The former Manchester United striker advanced from inside Stoke's half before sliding the ball through the legs of Joe Hart in the 58th minute to give the Potters their first away win over City since 1980.
United were poor against the Clarets, stretching van Gaal's winless streak to four matches, and £59.7million signing Angel Di Maria also limped off injured in the second half which compacted the less than desirable result even further.
Dwight Gayle carried on from his Capital One Cup hat-trick midweek by scoring in the opening minute before Daryl Janmaat opened his account for the Magpies after joining from Feyenoord earlier in the summer.
Jason Puncheon put aside his differences with new Palace manager Neil Warnock to hand Palace the lead early in the second half before the Toon went 3-2 ahead thanks to goals from youngster Rolando Aarons and defender Mike Williamson.
But the Londoners had the last laugh as United winger Zaha, who has returned to the club on loan, struck in the 95th minute to land Palace a first point of the campaign.
Charlie Austin scored his first Premier League goal as QPR edged Sunderland 1-0 at Loftus Road while Nathan Dyer took his season tally to three by scoring a brace in Swansea City's 3-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion.
Wayne Routledge was also on target as Garry Monk's Swans made it three wins from three matches to kick off the season in fine style by temporarily going top of the table.
Mark Noble gave the Hammers the lead just before the half-hour mark before Morgan Schneiderlin, who the Saints managed to hold onto after a summer exodus, netted a brace and Graziano Pelle opened his English top flight account to wrap it up at the end.
However, the Everton revival was short-lived when Ramires toe-poked in a fifth for the visitors prior to Costa sublimely finishing his second of the day - and fourth of the campaign - to give Chelsea a third straight victory which moves them to the summit of the Premier League.
2014/15 Barclays Premier League season scores
Newcastle United: 3 (Daryl Janmaat 37', Rolando Aarons 73', Mike Williamson 88') Crystal Palace: 3 (Dwight Gayle 1', Jason Puncheon 48', Wilfried Zaha 90+5') St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne - 49,226
Everton: 3 (Kevin Mirallas 45', Steven Naismith 69', Samuel Eto'o 76') Chelsea: 6 (Diego Costa 1'/90+1', Branislav Ivanovic 3', Seamus Coleman (og) 67', Nemanja Matic 74', Ramires 77') Goodison Park, Liverpool - 39,402
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