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Played
November 3, 2012 4:00 PM WAT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 20527‎
 
Top of the Match
Pablo Hernández
Pablo Hernández
Swansea City
Sung-Yong Ki
Sung-Yong Ki
Swansea City
Flop of the Match
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea Fc
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea Fc

Swansea City 1-1 Chelsea: Hernandez stunner sees Blues slip up in title chase

Roberto Di Matteo's men stay behind Manchester United at the top of the Premier League as Spanish winger grabs a late equaliser to secure a point for the Swans

By Alex Fisher

EPL; Victor Moses; Wayne Routledge; Swansea City Vs Chelsea
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Chelsea missed their chance to return to the top of the Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Having struggled to create many chances against a resolute Swans defence in the opening hour of the game it was a simple corner routine that brought the opening goal of the game. Gary Cahill rose to meet Eden Hazard’s right-wing corner and Moses glanced the ball into the net from inside the six yard box.

However with three minutes to play the home side levelled things up with a fantastic Pablo Hernandez strike from outside the penalty area, beating Petr Cech's outstretched left hand.

With Chelsea captain John Terry serving the final game of his four game ban and David Luiz not in the match day squad Cesar Azpilicueta made his first Premier League start for the Blues at right-back with Branislav Ivanovic moving to the centre of defence alongside Gary Cahill. Frank Lampard and Juan Mata also missed out for the visitors, who gave Oriel Romeu a rare start in place of Ramires.
SWANSEA'S SAVIOUR

HOW HERNANDEZ RATED VS CHELSEA
Produced Swansea's best moment of the first half with a chipped cross that Michu could not quite capitalise on. Struggled to find the space to consistently run at Cole and Cahill, though. Switched to the left and looked threatening when he cut inside, having one promising shot blocked before beating Cech for the equaliser with a similar effort that found its way through the Chelsea bodies.


Swansea manager Michael Laudrup made two changes from the side that started against Manchester City last weekend, Michel Vorm was ruled out with the groin injury he was stretchered off with at the Etihad so Gerhard Tremmel started in goal and Gary Monk replaced Chico Flores at the heart of the defence.

Despite a slow start Chelsea were never overpowered and as the half wore on they slowly started to make an impression on the game and the first half’s best two chances fell to two of their ever impressive forwards.

Brazilian Oscar was the first to be gifted a chance to test Tremmel but his 25 yard free-kick struck the wall, and in the 19th minute Hazard found himself in acres of space but his shot flew miles over the bar much to the delight of the home fans.

Di Matteo chose to introduce Ramires at half-time for the disappointing Romeu but it was not the substitute who forced Tremmel into an early second-half save, that was Hazard, but the German keeper was able to hold onto the Belgian’s low shot from the edge of the area.

Just after the hour mark Chelsea’s second-half pressure paid off as Moses grabbed his first goal for Chelsea in the Premier League. Hazard delivered a right-wing corner onto the head of Cahill, his header went towards goal and was glanced on by Moses in front of Ben Davies to take the ball over Leon Britton on the line.

Laudrup’s men worked hard in the final half hour of the game and got their reward with minutes to spare as substitute Itay Shechter found Hernandez on the edge of the area, the forward made himself some space and fired past Cech from the edge of the penalty area.


Swansea City

25
Gerhard Tremmel
Goalkeeper
2.50
6
Ashley Williams
Defender
3.50
22
Ángel Rangel
Defender
2.50
33
Ben Davies
Defender
2.50
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
37′ 65′
3.50
9
Michu
Midfielder
79′
3.00
11
Pablo Hernández
Midfielder
88′
4.00
15
Wayne Routledge
Midfielder
65′
2.50
20
3.00
4
Sung-Yong Ki
Midfielder
91′
3.50

Chelsea Fc

3.00
1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.00
3
Ashley Cole
Defender
3.50
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
61′
3.00
28
3.00
11
Oscar
Midfielder
79′
3.00
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
3.50
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
61′ 73′
3.50
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
2.00
6
Oriol Romeu
Midfielder
46′
2.00
9

Substitutes

13
David Cornell
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Alan Tate
Defender
 - 
21
 - 
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
65′
3.00
26
Kemy Agustien
Midfielder
 - 
30
2.50
9
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
21
Ross Turnbull
Goalkeeper
 - 
23
 - 
20
3.00
7
Ramires
Midfielder
46′
 - 
21
Marko Marin
Midfielder
2.50
15
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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
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Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2