Swansea City 2-2 Chelsea
11th September, 2016
Liberty Stadium – English Premier League
Diego Costa stole the headlines in Sundays only Premier League fixture with the Spanish forward opening the scoring for Chelsea and then equalising late on to rescue a point for his side. Chelsea, who looked in complete control against their Welsh opponents Swansea City for a large majority of the game, were stunned by Francesco Guidolin’s men after they managed to score two goals in quick succession just after the half time break in an extremely entertaining tie at the Liberty Stadium.
In a game that ended with Chelsea notching up an impressive 28 shots compared to Swansea’s modest 6, it was actually Swansea that started the game brightly and on the front foot. Neil Taylor and Kyle Naughton were evidently deployed as the attacking wing backs tasked with the responsibility of crafting out chances for Fernando Llorente, who started up top for the Welsh club. With that being said however, it didn’t take too long for Chelsea to take full control of the tie and dominate proceedings with Gary Cahill and John Terry seemingly at ease when it came to handling any attacking threat posed against them, along with the tireless N’Golo Kante, who was providing his worth in the heart of the midfield. The attacking quartet of Willian, Oscar, Hazard and Costa all proved vital and all played their own part in the opening goal that Costa struck past the helpless Lukasz Fabianski on the 18th minute.
Whenever Swansea did manage to break out of their own half and create the odd chance, they were usually played through Gylfi Sigurdsson, but all of which were to no avail as the 3 points looked to be heading to Chelsea. That was of course, until Thibaut Courtois decided to throw himself into the headlines, bringing the Icelandic International (Sigurdsson) down inside his own penalty area. Sigurdsson dispatched the penalty and the game was all square at 1-1, before Leroy Fer snatched another, in what seemed like the same minute, putting Swansea remarkably 2-1 up.
Willian, Oscar, Hazard and Costa we’re all still proving to be a threat for Chelsea and they refused to panic. Chelsea were hunting down the equalising goal as the tie wore on, and it was ultimately Costa that managed to find it. The Spanish striker finished off a superb move in emphatic fashion, with a goal of the month contender.
All in all, it was an incredibly exciting tie that Chelsea will feel they should have finished off in the first half alone. Swansea’s new manager, Francesco Guidolin will enjoy the rest-bite after a poor start to the season, but Antonio Conte will feel that this is almost certainly a missed opportunity to catch the in-form Manchester City, who beat their fierce rivals 2-1 at Old Trafford yesterday.