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Swansea City 2-2 Chelsea

Chelsea striker Diego Costa scores an overhead kick against Swansea to earn his side a 2-2 draw
Diego Costa has scored more goals - seven - against Swansea than against any other side in the Premier League

Chelsea dropped their first points of the Premier League season as Diego Costa struck twice to rescue a draw in a feisty encounter at Swansea City.

Costa, who might earlier have been sent off, capitalised on poor defending to fire the dominant visitors in front.

But Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty and Leroy Fer's bundled goal two minutes later turned the game on its head.

Costa scored an acrobatic late second to salvage a point for Antonio Conte's team, who stay second in the table.

Italian Conte was aiming to become the fourth Chelsea manager to win his first four Premier League games in charge, joining Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti.

The visitors enjoyed total control for almost an hour before imploding with the concession of two goals in three second-half minutes. The second came after defender Gary Cahill lost the ball after he was dispossessed by Fer near the edge of his own box - with the England international saying afterwards he thought he had been fouled.

But Costa's brace at least protects the Italian's unbeaten record, with Chelsea - who ended the game with their captain John Terry appearing to be injured - now two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Confrontational Costa

Having limped to 10th place last season, Chelsea had started this campaign with a swagger befitting genuine title contenders.

Costa had embodied that turnaround with two goals in his first three league games, and he was at his snarling best at the Liberty Stadium.

The Spain striker clashed with Swansea's defenders on several occasions and was booked for a clumsy challenge on Federico Fernandez, whose mistake Costa ruthlessly punished for the opening goal.

The Argentine defender hesitantly headed the ball to Oscar, whose pass allowed Costa to score with a clinical low finish.

Costa could have been dismissed against West Ham on the opening weekend before going on to net the winner - and he lived on the edge again against the Swans.

It was a small wonder he and Jordi Amat both stayed on the pitch having bickered throughout the game, and Costa was perhaps fortunate to escape a second yellow card for what appeared to be a dive under pressure from Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in the second half.

But as he usually does, Costa relished the confrontation and he proved Chelsea's saviour as he equalised with a bicycle kick after 81 minutes.

Diego Costa's touchmap shows he is a player whose play is not limited to the opposing area
Diego Costa's touchmap shows that he prowled all over the Swansea half - his play is not limited to the opposing area

Swansea's controversial revival

Having lost their previous two fixtures, the Swans were staring at the prospect of suffering three successive defeats under Francesco Guidolin for the first time.

In what appeared to be an attempt at damage limitation, the Italian switched to a defensive 5-4-1 formation with a compact midfield diamond aimed at containing Chelsea.

Those efforts were in vain as the Swans were initially overrun and outclassed by their rampant opponents.

Guidolin abandoned his new system after just 41 minutes, with Wales left-back Neil Taylor dismayed as he was sacrificed for winger Modou Barrow.

The bold move paid dividends as Swansea staged a remarkable second-half revival.

They were awarded a penalty when Sigurdsson was tripped by a stranded Thibaout Courtois, who was the beneficiary of a rule change which means players are only booked rather than sent off if they are deemed to have only accidentally denied their opponent a goalscoring opportunity.

Sigurdsson confidently converted the spot-kick, and the fans had barely had time to catch their breath before the next controversy.

Fer appeared to foul Cahill as he dispossessed the Chelsea defender, and Swansea's Netherlands midfielder ran clear before squeezing his shot past Courtois and over the line.

Man of the match - Diego Costa

Chelsea striker Diego Costa
Costa was as aggressive in his all-round play as he was clinical in front of goal - the Spain striker was a constant menace for Swansea's defence

'It's a big mistake' - what the managers said

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "It's very difficult to talk about the game because we lost two points. We were leading 1-0 and created a lot of chances to score another goal. We are disappointed because the performance was very good in terms of our intensity and because we played good football.

"People looking at the second goal can see that the referee made a mistake - but this can happen. I've not spoken to the referee. It's a big mistake."

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin: "I am happy with the result. My team played the second half with more energy against a very strong team.

"After Chelsea's first goal I saw my team not playing well and decided to change something before the end of the first half. I am sorry for Neil Taylor [getting substituted] but I decided this way because we needed a reaction."

The stats you need to know

  • Only five players have reached 35 goals in the Premier League in fewer appearances than Costa (58) - Andy Cole (41), Alan Shearer (42), Fernando Torres (52), Kevin Phillips (52) & Ruud van Nistelrooy (55).
  • Costa's opening goal was also the 100th scored in the 2016-17 Premier League season.
  • There were just two minutes and 10 seconds between Swansea equalising and scoring their second goal.
  • Sigurdsson has now scored more Premier League goals for Swansea than any other player (26).
  • Eleven of the 13 outfield players to play in this match for Chelsea attempted at least one shot.

What next?

Chelsea's burgeoning title credentials will be tested by their next two games, at home to Liverpool and away against Arsenal.

Swansea, meanwhile, face a daunting sequence of fixtures - a trip to Southampton followed by home matches against Manchester City and Liverpool and then a visit to Arsenal.

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 33FernandezBooked at 42mins
  • 2AmatBooked at 48mins
  • 35Kingsley
  • 26Naughton
  • 8FerBooked at 26mins
  • 24Cork
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forBarrowat 41'minutes
  • 23SigurdssonSubstituted forRangelat 89'minutes
  • 9Llorente

Substitutes

  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 7Britton
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 17Barrow
  • 20Montero
  • 22Rangel
  • 56Fulton

Chelsea

  • 13CourtoisBooked at 59mins
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26TerryBooked at 90mins
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 7Kanté
  • 22WillianSubstituted forMosesat 77'minutes
  • 8OscarSubstituted forBatshuayiat 88'minutes
  • 21MaticSubstituted forFàbregasat 76'minutes
  • 10E HazardBooked at 89mins
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 1Begovic
  • 3Alonso
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 11Pedro
  • 15Moses
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 30David Luiz
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
20,865

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home6
Away28
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away11
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 2, Chelsea 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Chelsea 2.

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

John Terry (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Victor Moses (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

Booking

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

Modou Barrow (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Angel Rangel replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Oscar.

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Chelsea 2. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oscar.

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a cross.

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Federico Fernández (Swansea City).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Victor Moses replaces Willian.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas replaces Nemanja Matic.

Foul by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City).

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fernando Llorente (Swansea City).

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Chelsea. Oscar tries a through ball, but Willian is caught offside.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt saved. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

Modou Barrow (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 11th September 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City4400114712
2Chelsea431094510
3Man Utd43017349
4Tottenham42207258
5Liverpool42119727
6Arsenal42118627
7Hull42115327
8Everton32104227
9Middlesbrough41214405
10Watford411278-14
11Crystal Palace411234-14
12West Brom411223-14
13Swansea411246-24
14Bournemouth411235-24
15Burnley411235-24
16Leicester411247-34
17West Ham410359-43
18Southampton402236-32
19Sunderland301235-21
20Stoke4013210-81
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