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Chelsea 4-2 Swansea City

Diego Costa celebrates
  • Diego Costa scores hat-trick for Chelsea
  • Loic Remy opens Blues account
  • Chelsea go three points clear at top
  • Swansea drop points for first time

Diego Costa scored his first Chelsea hat-trick as they came from behind to beat Swansea and maintain their 100% start to the Premier League season.

Swansea took the lead as John Terry turned a low cross into his own net but Costa equalised just before half-time.

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Jose Mourinho praises 'special' Diego Costa

Chelsea's dominance was rewarded when Costa converted a Cesc Fabregas pass.

The Spain striker guided a low Ramires shot past Lukasz Fabianski and Loic Remy scored his first Blues goal before Jonjo Shelvey's late consolation.

As Chelsea opened up a three-point gap at the top of the table, summer signings Costa and Fabregas offered further evidence of the extra edge they have added to a team that finished third last season.

Costa, who passed a late fitness test on a hamstring injury suffered on international duty with Spain, departed to a standing ovation after scoring his seventh goal in four games for the Blues.

Fabregas now has six assists, a tally only Eden Hazard exceeded in the whole of Chelsea's 2013-14 campaign.

Did you know?
Last season, Chelsea strikers Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba scored 19 league goals between them. Diego Costa has seven in four matches this term.

Swansea had started the match as the only other team in the league with an unblemished record and for much of the first half they were the better side.

They carved out an early opening as Wayne Routledge found space in the area but could not control his volley.

The Welsh team took a surprise lead via a slick passing move. Ki Sung-Yeung opened up the Chelsea defence with a slide-rule pass and left-back Neil Taylor's low cross was diverted by Terry into his own net.

Far from awakening Chelsea, the goal only served to increase Swansea's hunger.

Bafetimbi Gomis, making his first start for the club in attack, twice blasted wide before Routledge curled a shot from the corner of the penalty area narrowly wide.

Alan Shearer on Diego Costa
"Everything impressed me about Diego Costa today. He is tailor-made for the Premier League. The way he runs the line, in behind and can hold the ball up. He is going to love the Premier League and the Chelsea fans will love him. "He is looking the real deal. When it is not going as it should for them they have a goalscorer who can get them out of it."

Chelsea improved as the half wore on and an equaliser arrived on the stroke of half-time when Costa fought off his marker to meet a Fabregas corner and power home his header.

The Blues began the second period on the front foot and it was no surprise to see their dominance rewarded with a second goal.

Fabregas was again the provider, exchanging passes with Branislav Ivanovic on the left before cutting back for Costa to calmly slot in.

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Chelsea 4-2 Swansea: Garry Monk admits Chelsea were 'dose of realism'

Swansea missed a clear chance to equalise when Gomis - clean through on goal - fluffed his attempted chip over Thibault Courtois.

Grateful for the let-off, Chelsea soon made sure of the points.

Costa showed his goalscoring instincts to pounce on Ramires's scuffed effort, before his replacement Remy swept home a square pass from Oscar.

Shelvey's late strike from the edge of the area reduced the deficit, but by then the Swans were well beaten.

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "It was a very good first half hour. Some of the football was the best we've played this season. I think it just showed the world-class quality they have and in the second-half it took its toll a bit. Their power and strength was too much.

"When you play the top teams you gauge where you are at and what you need to work on. But in terms of effort and commitment we were very good."

John Terry
John Terry's own-goal gave Swansea a deserved 1-0 lead
Diego Costa
Joe Mourinho (right) paid £32m to sign Costa from Atletico Madrid
Loic Remy
Loic Remy scored just nine minutes after coming on

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Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4FàbregasSubstituted forSalahat 82'minutes
  • 21Matic
  • 14SchürrleSubstituted forSantos do Nascimentoat 45'minutes
  • 8Oscar
  • 10E Hazard
  • 19Diego CostaSubstituted forRemyat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cech
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 5Zouma
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 17Salah
  • 18Remy
  • 22Willian

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22Rangel
  • 2AmatBooked at 26minsSubstituted forFernándezat 45'minutes
  • 6Williams
  • 3TaylorBooked at 51mins
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 32mins
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 12Dyer
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forMonteroat 66'minutes
  • 18GomisSubstituted forBonyat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Bony
  • 11Emnes
  • 14Carroll
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 20Montero
  • 25Tremmel
  • 33Fernández
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
41,400

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home30
Away12
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 4, Swansea City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 4, Swansea City 2.

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 4, Swansea City 2. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfried Bony with a through ball.

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

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City).

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Mohamed Salah replaces Cesc Fàbregas.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 4, Swansea City 1. Loïc Remy (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oscar.

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Wilfried Bony replaces Bafétimbi Gomis.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ramires.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Loïc Remy replaces Diego Costa.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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

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

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 3, Swansea City 1. Diego Costa (Chelsea) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ramires.

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Wayne Routledge.

Attempt missed. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wayne Routledge with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ramires.

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Attempt saved. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neil Taylor.

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bafétimbi Gomis.

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea4400156912
2Aston Villa431041310
3Swansea43018539
4Southampton42118357
5Man City42117437
6Tottenham42117527
7Arsenal41307616
8Liverpool42026516
9Everton4121910-15
10Leicester412145-15
11Hull31113304
12Stoke411223-14
13Sunderland403156-13
14West Ham310245-13
15QPR310215-43
16Man Utd302123-12
17Crystal Palace402258-32
18Burnley402214-32
19West Brom402227-52
20Newcastle402239-62
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