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Premier League

  • November 3, 2012
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 20527

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

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

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Blues stay behind Manchester United at the top of the Premier League as Spanish winger grabs a late equalizer to secure a point for the Swans.

Chelsea missed its chance to return to the top of the Premier League as a late equalizer by Pablo Hernandez ensured a draw by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Victor Moses scored for the visiting Blues who has gone winless in its past two matches.

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 center of defense 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 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 defense.

Despite a slow start Chelsea was never over powered and as the half wore on it slowly started to make an impression on the game and the half’s best two chances fell to two of its in-form 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 wasn’t 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.

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