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Swansea City 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea remain two points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool after beating 10-man Swansea.

Swans defender Chico Flores was sent off in the 16th minute after being booked twice inside 120 seconds.

However, it took Chelsea until midway through the second half to take advantage with Demba Ba's goal.

It was the second time inside a week that the striker has been the Blues' match-winner, having scored the winner against Paris-St Germain on Tuesday.

Defeat leaves Swansea 15th in the table, just three points above the relegation zone.

But Chelsea's concerns are at the other end of the table, with a victory vital for Jose Mourinho's side after Liverpool's 3-2 win against Manchester City earlier in the day.

That triumph moved the Reds five points clear of their London rivals, but the Stamford Bridge side returned that gap to two - and moved five ahead of Manchester City - with four Premier League matches remaining.

Chelsea's run-in includes a visit to Anfield and Mourinho's men needed three points in Wales to keep the pressure on but the game was an open encounter before Flores's dismissal.

Chelsea should have led inside five minutes, Mohamed Salah hitting the outside of a post with the goal at his mercy after Branislav Ivanovic's low cross found him in space 10 yards out.

However, Swansea also looked full of attacking intent and Petr Cech was called into action to turn Wilfried Bony's header over the crossbar.

The complexion of the match would soon change, though.

Flores, who had been booked for bringing down Willian just a minute earlier, fouled Andre Schurrle and, after a long delay, referee Phil Dowd showed the Spaniard the red card, provoking a furious response from Swansea head coach Garry Monk.

Consequently, Chelsea pinned back Swansea for the majority of the half, Salah missing another fine opportunity after a neat lay-off from Ramires.

However, such chances were scarce and their profligacy left the visitors vulnerable to counter attacks. Indeed, from one such Swansea break, Cech again had to produce a fine save to turn Nathan Dyer's 25-yard drive behind after it had deflected off Cesar Azpilicueta.

Knowing that Liverpool had stretched their lead at the summit, Mourinho supplemented his attack by introducing Samuel Eto'o to partner Ba as Chelsea laid siege to the Swansea goal. Both strikers went close to making the breakthrough, as did Oscar, but a goal was still not forthcoming.

The Blues' frustration grew, perhaps informed by a run of three consecutive away defeats and their failure to keep a clean sheet on the road since February's win at Manchester City. And things nearly got worse.

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge surged forward and his shot deflected off John Terry's back, beyond Cech, but narrowly wide of goal.

However, Chelsea's nerves were settled shortly after, Ba latching on to Nemanja Matic's long pass before firing the ball into the net.

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Vorm
  • 22Rangel
  • 33Davies
  • 8Shelvey
  • 4ChicoBooked at 16mins
  • 6Williams
  • 12DyerSubstituted forNgogat 73'minutes
  • 7BrittonSubstituted forDe Guzmánat 86'minutes
  • 10Bony
  • 11HernándezSubstituted forAmatat 19'minutes
  • 15Routledge

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 3Taylor
  • 20De Guzmán
  • 25Tremmel
  • 54Ngog
  • 56Fulton
  • 57Emnes

Chelsea

  • 1Cech
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 21Matic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 15Salah
  • 7RamiresSubstituted forOscarat 45'minutes
  • 19BaSubstituted forMikelat 79'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 22Willian
  • 14SchürrleBooked at 45minsSubstituted forEto'oat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cole
  • 4David Luiz
  • 9Torres
  • 11Oscar
  • 12Mikel
  • 23Schwarzer
  • 29Eto'o
Referee:
Phil Dowd
Attendance:
20,761

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home7
Away26
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away12
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 0, Chelsea 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 0, Chelsea 1.
Foul by Willian (Chelsea).
Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by David Ngog (Swansea City).
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jonathan De Guzmán.
Attempt blocked. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.
Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).
Offside, Chelsea. Mohamed Salah tries a through ball, but Samuel Eto'o is caught offside.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Petr Cech.
Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
David Ngog (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jonjo Shelvey.
Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oscar.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jonathan De Guzmán replaces Leon Britton.

Booking

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).
Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Offside, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic tries a through ball, but Samuel Eto'o is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.
Attempt blocked. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oscar.
Offside, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but David Ngog is caught offside.
Hand ball by Willian (Chelsea).
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel replaces Demba Ba.
Attempt missed. Demba Ba (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by David Ngog.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Michel Vorm.
Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).
Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. David Ngog replaces Nathan Dyer.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 0, Chelsea 1. Demba Ba (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.
Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).
Ashley Williams (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ashley Williams.
Foul by Demba Ba (Chelsea).
Michel Vorm (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Michel Vorm.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Angel Rangel.
Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by John Terry.
Attempt blocked. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.
Attempt saved. Demba Ba (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.
Attempt blocked. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.
Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Demba Ba (Chelsea).
Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).
Attempt missed. Demba Ba (Chelsea) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.
Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Angel Rangel.
Offside, Chelsea. Willian tries a through ball, but Demba Ba is caught offside.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Liverpool3424555177
2Chelsea3423654275
3Man City3222465470
4Everton3319952266
5Arsenal3319771664
6Tottenham3418610060
7Man Utd33176101857
8Southampton3413912548
9Newcastle3414416-1446
10Stoke34111013-1043
11West Ham3310716-737
12Crystal Palace3311418-1537
13Hull3310617-636
14Aston Villa339717-1434
15Swansea348917-533
16West Brom3361512-1133
17Norwich348818-2732
18Fulham349322-4030
19Cardiff347819-3429
20Sunderland326719-2525
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