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24 September 2011
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: D. Mohareb
• Attendance: 41800
And that's full time at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea run out easy winners and Brendan Rodgers will be disappointed his side didn't trouble the Londoners more when they went down to 10 men following Torres' sending off for a wild tackle in the first half.
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Assist Florent Malouda
90' + 4'
Goal Didier Drogba
90' + 4'
Drogba makes it four! He picks up the ball just inside the area from Malouda, turns and hits it into the bottom corner, a fine finish from the returning striker.
90' + 3'
Yellow Card John Obi Mikel
90' + 3'
Ramires has an opportunity for a hat-trick after he is played in by McEachran but he snatches at the shot and drags it wide.
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Williams comes close with a header from a corner, his effort just flashing past the post.
Yellow Card Neil Taylor
A free-kick from wide on the right is whipped in beautifully by Gower, and headed into the far corner by Williams. A simple goal for the Swans, but little more than a consolation.
Assist Mark Gower
Goal Ashley Williams
Yellow Card Ashley Cole
Good work from Scott Sinclair to beat Bosingwa down the wing, but his cross towards Danny Graham is headed into the air by Ivanovic and collected by Cech.
Meireles is given an ovation from the crowd as he is replaced by Josh McEachran. The Portuguese midfielder played well today.
Didier Drogba makes his return to Stamford Bridge after recovering from a concussion suffered last month against Norwich. The Ivorian replaces Anelka, who has been good today.
Yellow Card Garry Monk
It's a second goal for Ramires and that's game over. The Brazilian beats Williams to a through ball and stays calm to send Vorm the wrong way with his finish. Classy stuff.
Assist José Bosingwa
Swansea have looked short on ideas since Chelsea were forced deeper after Torres' sending off. Not that they aren't trying though.
Raul Meireles has been running the show for Chelsea so far, and he seems to be fitting in very well since his transfer from Liverpool.
This is all too comfortable for Chelsea, the class in their passing is making it difficult for Swansea to keep up, even if they do have a one-man advantage.
Ashley Cole almost puts the game beyond Swansea, springing the offside trap, but he's at such a narrow angle that his sidefooted shot can only trickle wide after beating Vorm.
A fantastic solo run from Anelka straight from the half-way line, taking on three Swansea players before absolutely crashing an effort off the crossbar, that would have been a terrific goal.
It's gone fairly quiet again with Chelsea looking strong in defence. Juan Mata, after making the first goal with a good pass over the top, is substituted for Florent Malouda, an interesting decision from Villas-Boas.
Yellow Card Nathan Dyer
A vital block from Mikel stops Leroy Lita getting on the end of a cross and surely equalising.
Back underway at Stamford Bridge and it's been all Swansea so far. Nathan Dyer hits a deflected shot that loops over Petr Cech and bounces off the bar and over.
Half-time at Stamford Bridge. Two simple goals for the hosts put them in control, and though Chelsea are down to 10 men they still look very comfortable in defence.
It looks like Villas-Boas is going with Anelka on his own up front and a flat four across midfield with Ramires wide on the right, until half-time at least.
Red Card Fernando Torres
Torres is sent off! The Spaniard flies in with a two-footed tackle on Mark Gower. It really is a dangerous one, and though he doesn't make too much contact, the scorer of Chelsea's first goal has to go for that.
Assist Ashley Cole
A great move from Chelsea leads to a second goal, and a first for Ramires. Torres plays Ashley Cole into an advanced position, and Cole looks across the pitch to find the Brazilian running through to place the ball between Vorm's legs.
Yellow Card Juan Mata
A Swansea free-kick is flicked on at the front post and Ashley Williams is inches away from connecting with a flying header at the back post.
Mata with a good delivery from a free-kick, but Mikel can't direct his header goalwards.
Assist Juan Mata
Goal Fernando Torres
And now Torres does open the scoring! A good run from the Spaniard is found by his countryman Mata, and Torres chests the ball down before driving the ball into the opposite corner. A well worked goal for Chelsea.
Torres comes close to opening the scoring, but can't get onto the end of John Obi-Mikel's ball over the top. Seconds later Ramires hits a shot that is comfortably saved by Vorm.
Meireles hits a shot from distance, but it bounces wide of goal, and Michel Vorm had that one covered.
First real sighting of Fernando Torres today, he picks up the ball in space and plays a quick one-two with Juan Mata. He's looking for space around the edge of the area but is eventually crowded out by the defence.
Mata brins down a high ball and turns into the area before finding Ramires who could score, but his shot is well blocked by Leon Britton
It's all a bit quiet at Stamford Bridge, and Raul Meireles has hit the first shot in anger, a volley from a tight angle that missed the target.
Raul Meireles is optimistically appealing for a penalty, but it wasn't a foul as he went up for a challenge with Ashley Williams, with the defender winning the ball easily.
Chelsea have started well, but are looking fairly sloppy in possession. They're also keeping a very high defensive line which could be dangerous against a team as good on the counter-attack as Swansea.
And Chelsea get us underway here at Stamford Bridge.
Welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Chelsea v Swansea! The main news for Chelsea is that Frank Lampard starts on the bench. Is Andre Villas-Boas losing confidence in the player, or is he merely resting him for the Champions League game in mid-week?
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