A red card to Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and the ensuing penalty conversion by Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis in the 55th minute salvaged a 2-2 draw for the Swans in the Premier League opener for both teams on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea took the lead twice through Oscar and an own goal by Federico Fernandez, but Andre Ayew scored his first goal for the club and Gomis scored from the spot to earn a point in a lively encounter.
Swansea dominated portions of the match and could have snatched a win late on, but Chelsea was always a threat on the counter attack. New signing Falcao came on as a substitute for Chelsea in the 84th minute.
Chelsea 2-0 — 2
Swansea 1-1 — 2
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.
Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki Sung-Yueng, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, Gomis.
Goals: Chelsea: Oscar (23′), Federico Fernandez OG (30′); Swansea: Andre Ayew (29′), Bafetimbi Gomis (55′)
Shots (On Goal): Chelsea 11 (3 on goal), Swansea: 18 (10 on goal)
Tackles: Chelsea 16, Swansea 22
Fouls: Chelsea 15, Swansea 16
Possession: Chelsea 52%, Swansea 48%
Cards: Chelsea: Thibault Courtois (52′ RED), John Terry (54′); Swansea: Jonjo Shelvey (19′), Jack Cork (45′), Ashley Willians (93′)
Oscar Fired a Bullet Free Kick To Give Chelsea a 1-0 lead
After absorbing pressure from Swansea, the hosts got a free kick in a dangerous area halfway into the first half. Oscar made the Swans punish, lacing in a low, quick free kick that beat Fabianski all ends up.
Ayew Finishes Off a Wild Chance To Tie Match at 1-1
Courtois makes a wonderful save with his hands, but the rebound falls to Andrew Ayew, who pulled off an excellent drag-back and strike past the Belgian.
Chelsea Retook the Lead 92 Seconds Later From an Own Goal
The Swansea joy did not last long though, as Chelsea come right up the field and retake the lead. Willian hit a cross that took a deflection off Fernandez and looped into the corner of the net.
Thibaut Courtois Received a Red Card, Gomis Converted Ensuing Penalty To Make It 2-2
Courtois makes a challenge on Gomis to deny a goal-scoring opportunity, resulting in a red card. Gomis then converted the ensuing penalty past Asmir Begovic to tie the match at 2-2.
Preview: Chelsea Hosts Swansea In EPL Opener
Fresh off a disappointing Community Shield defeat, Chelsea will look to return to winning ways in their Premier League opener against Swansea City. The Blues lost just three of 38 EPL matches last year, and made no significant changes to the roster for this term. While their rivals spend millions to catch up, Chelsea are still the favorites to take home the EPL title this year.
Chelsea’s backline of Cahill, Terry, Ivanovic and Azpilicueta is an impenetrable force that makes it impossible for opposing offenses to break down. The Blues conceded 32 goals in league games last year.
Swansea is coming off an equally satisfying season, placing eighth for the highest finish in club history. Adding Andre Ayew to their ranks, the Swans have an outside chance of challenging for a European place.
Chelsea carry a five-match winning streak over Swansea into Saturday’s match.
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