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January 31, 2012
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 20526
FULL-TIME! A dramatic end saves Andre Villas-Boas' men as a Taylor own-goal cancels out former Chelsea man Sinclair's opener. Cruel on Rogers side who were the better side by far in the first-half, but that, folks, is football. Good night.
90' + 3'
Assist José Bosingwa
90' + 3'
Own Goal Neil Taylor
90' + 2'
Essien flicks on a high ball to Romelu Lukaku who uses his build to knock the defence about, his strike is just about collected by Vorm.
90' + 1'
Great chance for Swansea to get their second, Graham breaks down the right but can't quite find a teammate with the ball into the centre and Essien sweeps up the danger.
The fourth official's board has been raised and we have four minutes of extra-time at the Liberty Stadium, gripping stuff.
Swansea on the counter now with Dyer, Luiz times his tackle well on this occasion and breaks down the move. Very important challenge.
Yellow Card Raúl Meireles
Chelsea are clearly frustrated as Luiz clatters the same man who Cole fouled for his second booking, Dyer. Somehow he gets away with a card.
Yellow/Red Ashley Cole
RED CARD!! Cole has been shown his second yellow of the game for a challenge on Dyer and he heads off the pitch.
Another chance for Chelsea as Bosingwa's attempted drive goes over the bar. Swansea are firmly on the back-foot.
Cech has to be alert to stop the Swans from killing the game off. With the Blues throwing numbers up to find a goal, Graham is nearly played clear through from a long ball but the keeper rushes out of his box to head it away.
We're into the last ten minutes and Villas-Boas needs him team to create some better chances if they are to salvage a point as Bosingwa's cross is too close to Vorm and the keeper gathers with ease.
Chelsea still pushing for an equaliser as Luiz embarks on another run and has a shot from just outside the area blocked.
Mata breaks away again and releases Bosingwa, the right-back pings a low ball into the area which Sturridge controls well. The hosts' defence rush to him and force an early shot from the forward who pokes it wide of the goal.
Lovely ball floated in by Bosingwa when it looked impossible for him to produce a cross, Sinclair concedes a corner.
Sturridge plays Mata in down the right-flank, the winger gets to the byline but pulls his cross back behind the penalty spot when his teammates are all further advanced. Swansea clear again.
Graham is convinced he should have a free-kick deep in Chelsea territory for a shove by Luiz, but nothing is given and the defender lets the ball run out for a goal-kick.
The home-side are being pinned back as we enter the last 20 minutes, however, the visitors' final ball has not been good enough so far.
Mata receives the ball in space on the edge of the Swansea box, he threads it through to Ivanovic but the defender's touch is poor and Chelsea waste a good opening as the ball rolls out for a goal-kick.
The Blues are continuing to fizz the ball around at pace. They look the more likely of the sides to score at the moment, although we all know how dangerous Dyer, Sinclair and co can be on the counter. Essien tries another thunderous drive but catches it wrong and it goes well wide.
Oooooh! What a strike from Michael Essien, who has just come onto the pitch. Chelsea have two corners in a row, the second is headed clear but only as far as the midfielder who smashes an effort at goal, but it rises just over the bar. He can hit certainly them!
Williams has looked brilliant at the back tonight for Swansea, as he makes another important interception to stop Sturridge's ball from finding Torres.
Bit of a lull just now, as both sides look content on just knocking the ball about when they get it. Chelsea now have 75% of possession, which Villas-Boas will be happy about, although I'm sure he would prefer a goal.
Corner from Malouda, better delivery this time as the ball falls to Bosingwa, he gets his shot away but it's closed down very quickly by the hosts back-line.
Chelsea are beginning to dominate the possession, however they haven't created enough clear-cut openings. Cole whips in a dangerous ball between Vorm and the Swansea back-four but no Blue shirt is there to finish. Just needed a touch, that.
Sturridge does well to spread play to Malouda on the right, his ball in is headed out by Caulker. Luiz gets on the ball and wins a free-kick in a good position. Merireles over-hits it and the opportunity is gone.
Chance for Torres, but the out-of-form Spaniard looks hesitant to hit it after being played it by Sturridge. Swansea clear their lines.
Torres shows good strength while rather isolated up-front. The striker wins a free-kick in a decent position after a foul by Williams. Meireles takes it again and Luiz wins a corner. The kick is wasted though.
Meireles' ball comes to nothing, but the Blues retain possession. After passing it around the midfield it eventually falls to Romeu who lashes a half-volley wide. Poor effort.
Yellow Card Ángel Rangel
The hosts start well again, as they knock the ball about nicely. Rangel tugs Malouda from behind and gives away a free-kick inside the Swans' half.
Swansea get the second-half underway.
HALF-TIME!! The referee puts an end to a frustrating half for Villas-Boas' men. Swansea started much the better of the two sides and Graham missed two good chances which they may yet rue. However they will be the happier of the two teams after Sinclair's volley put the Welsh outfit 1-0 up.
45' + 2'
Yellow Card Florent Malouda
Yellow Card Ashley Cole
Cole finally picks up a booking after a foul on Sigurdsson. The England international went in studs showing on Rangel minutes ago as well as a poor tackle on Dyer early on.
Continued pressure from the Blues, Jose Bosingwa escapes him man and crosses from an advanced position, however the low ball is cut out and cleared.
Chelsea look to find an instant reply and Mata delivers a free-kick. Florent Malouda can't beat Vorm with his header though.
Goal Scott Sinclair
GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! 1-0 to Swansea!!! Scott Sinclair scores a looping volley for the Swans, after a free-kick from the right-hand-side fell to him. The ball seemed to take an age to find the net as it flew over Cech's head. Probably a deserved lead.
Mata tries a killer ball through the middle but it is cut out, when the ball is lofted forward once more Rangel expertly chests it back to his keeper.
The kick is aimed at Meireles, whose first-time volley is blocked. The ball comes back into the Swans' box and Mata forces another corner, which is wasted.
Swansea break with Dyer who gallops up the pitch, but his drive is straight at Cech. Chelsea break and win a corner from which Oriol Romeu hits a shot off-target but Vorm pushes wide. Another corner to come..
The Blues starting to find their feet a bit more now, Mata finds himself in a bit of space just outside the box, he tries an ambitious log-shot with Vorm just off his line, but the chip goes well over.
Corner for Chelsea on the left, Mata delivers it but Swansea clear, the Spaniard gets it back and tries again, with a better effort, but Sturridge can't control. The ball eventually finds its way back to Mata who miss-fires a volley well wide.
Luiz makes a tackle inside his own half, before charging up the field with the ball in a classic bit of play from the Brazilian. He looses possession in the end though.
Leon Britton chips a nice ball into Angel Rangel, the move fizzles out but the Swans win the ball back. They are knocking it around very nicely at times, as they have done all season.
Torres tries an effort from outside the area, he gets plenty of power but can't find a way past the cluster of white shirts.
The Blues are nearly in as Meireles finds himself inside the hosts' box with the ball at his feet, but Williams again makes a brilliant tackle to disposes the midfielder. He had to get that one right or a penalty was very much a possibility. To cap it off the defender carries the ball out up to the half-way line.
Chelsea finally string a few passes together but the Swansea defence is well organised and Williams clears.
Couple of nasty tackle flying in as well as Ashley Williams catches Torres and the Cole brings down Dyer. All adding to the tempo.
It has been a fantastic start by Rodgers' men, mixed with a lacklustre display by the visitors, as we see Cole give the ball away again. It looks as if Dyer will give the England left-back a tough test this evening.
How have Swansea not scored!!! Petr Cech is stranded out of his srea and the back-four are at sixes and sevens. Dyer sets up Graham after the Chelsea keeper misses a tackle, but he sees his effort blocked on the line.
Caulker nearly allows Mata to open the scoring but Michel Vorm is aware and sees out the danger.
Yellow Card Neil Taylor
And just as I say the Swans are looking the better side, Chelsea nearly score! Fernando Torres lays it off to his strike-partner Daniel Sturridge who riffles the ball just wide. End-to-end stuff!
Good run from Dyer! The winger nips past David Luiz and kicks on at pace, but again the visitors' defence hold strong. Swansea looking the more dangerous.
Sigurdsson whips in another dangerous ball but the Chelsea back-four clear the danger well.
Decent chance for the Swans! Gylfi Sigurdsson delivers a free kick from the right hand side which Steven Caulker flicks on, Danny Graham has a brilliant chance to score, and probably should do, but Ivanovic does just enough to put him off and the striker misses the target.
Ashley Cole fails to keep in a pass from Juan Mata on the left and it is a throw to Swansea. The visitors are looking shaky so far.
More nice play from Swansea, Ashley Williams tries to play in the quick Nathan Dyer over the top but Branislav Ivanovic intercepts.
Bright start by the hosts. Neil Taylor seeing a lot of early ball down the left flank. The Swans win a free kick after a foul by Raul Meireles. Rodgers' side are seeing a decent amount of ball in the early stages.
We're underway at the Liberty Stadium.
Tonight will be the first Premier League meeting between the sides in Wales as well as Chelsea's debut appearance at the Liberty Stadium. However in their nine previous trips to Swansea throughout history, the London outfit have managed only two wins.
Brendan Rodgers has Josh McEachran unavailable as the visitors are the on loan midfielder's parent club. Andre Villas-Boas has John Terry and Frank Lampard out injured, with Gary Cahill on the bench again.
Swansea starting line-up: Vorm; Williams, Caulker, Taylor, Rangel; Dyer, Allen, Britton, Sigurdsson, Sinclair; Graham Subs: Tremmel, Monk, Routledge, Agustien, Richards, Lita, Moore Chelsea starting line-up: Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole; Meireles, Romeu, Malouda; Mata, Torres, Sturridge Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Cahill, Bertrand, Essien, Piazon, Lukaku
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Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of tonight's Premier League clash between Swansea City and Chelsea. Swans suffered a 4-1 defeat back in September, but have now settled into the top-flight and we can expect a much closer affair at the Liberty Stadium this evening.
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