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  • Date:24 Sep 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Attendance:41,800
  • Torres (28) Ramires (35)
    Ramires (75) Drogba (90)
  • Williams (85)
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93:44 +3.44

Goal scored by Didier Drogba from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 4-1 Swansea.The assist for the goal came from Florent Malouda.

93:07 +3.07

Mikel challenges Scott Sinclair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Joe Allen.

92:42 +2.42

Shot by Ramires from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

91:57 +1.57

Wayne Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on John Terry. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

91:32 +1.32

Foul by Didier Drogba on Angel Rangel, free kick awarded. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.

90:31 +0.31

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower, Ashley Williams produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

89:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Graham. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

87:57

Didier Drogba fouled by Neil Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Taylor goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Didier Drogba.

85:10

Ashley Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Routledge. Ashley Cole receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. The ball is sent over by Mark Gower, Ashley Williams finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Chelsea 3-1 Swansea.Assist on the goal came from Mark Gower.

84:30

Scott Sinclair delivers the ball, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.

83:58

Jose Bosingwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Sinclair. Scott Sinclair takes the free kick.

81:44

Scott Sinclair is caught offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

81:07

Florent Malouda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Angel Rangel. Direct free kick taken by Garry Monk.

80:25

Unfair challenge on Mark Gower by Didier Drogba results in a free kick. Mark Gower takes the free kick.

78:07

Didier Drogba comes on in place of Nicolas Anelka.

77:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair by Mikel. Mark Gower takes the free kick.

75:46

Ramires scores a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 Swansea.Assist on the goal came from Jose Bosingwa.

74:57

Nicolas Anelka fouled by Garry Monk, the ref awards a free kick. Garry Monk receives a caution. Florent Malouda takes the free kick.

74:42

The ball is crossed by Angel Rangel, clearance made by John Terry.

74:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Nicolas Anelka. Garry Monk takes the free kick.

73:32

Wayne Routledge is ruled offside. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.

70:39

Nathan Dyer goes off and Stephen Dobbie comes on.

70:32

Wayne Routledge sends in a cross.

70:13

Angel Rangel produces a cross, Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance.

69:22

Shot by Raul Meireles from 20 yards. Michel Vorm makes a comfortable save.

68:12

Raul Meireles crosses the ball.

66:00

The ball is swung over by Neil Taylor, clearance made by Ashley Cole.

65:28

The assistant referee signals for offside against Wayne Routledge. John Terry takes the indirect free kick.

63:51

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ashley Cole. Michel Vorm takes the indirect free kick.

62:39

The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, blocked by Ashley Williams.

61:34

Foul by Joe Allen on Mikel, free kick awarded. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.

60:28

Nicolas Anelka takes a shot.

58:03

Handball decision goes against Angel Rangel. Danny Graham on for Leroy Lita. (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Florent Malouda coming on for Juan Mata. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

56:21

Ramires has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

56:00

Corner taken by Raul Meireles, clearance by Ashley Williams.

55:48

Ashley Cole sends in a cross, save made by Michel Vorm.

53:01

The ball is crossed by Angel Rangel, blocked by Mikel. Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line played to the near post, Ashley Williams takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Bosingwa.

51:45

The ball is sent over by Nathan Dyer, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.

48:04

Shot by Nathan Dyer. Blocked by Mikel. Corner taken by Mark Gower played to the near post, Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Mikel gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower. Branislav Ivanovic fouled by Leroy Lita, the ref awards a free kick. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

47:30

Corner taken by Mark Gower from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Nicolas Anelka.

46:30 +1.30

The ball is sent over by Neil Taylor, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.

46:02 +1.02

Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Neil Taylor, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Neil Taylor.

45:01

Wayne Routledge comes on in place of Leon Britton.

42:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Leroy Lita. Free kick taken by Leon Britton. Scott Sinclair delivers the ball, comfortable save by Petr Cech.

38:31

Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Gower. Fernando Torres shown a red card for serious foul play. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.

36:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Angel Rangel. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Juan Mata from left wing.

35:05

A goal is scored by Ramires from just inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Swansea.The assist for the goal came from Ashley Cole.

34:06

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

32:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Juan Mata on Angel Rangel. Juan Mata goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Mark Gower crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

31:15

Garry Monk gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Centre by Juan Mata, Headed effort from inside the box by Mikel misses to the right of the target.

30:40

The assistant referee flags for offside against Juan Mata. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

28:51

Fernando Torres finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Swansea.Assist on the goal came from Juan Mata.

27:41

Shot by Branislav Ivanovic from outside the box goes over the target.

26:49

Ramires takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.

26:16

The ball is delivered by Raul Meireles, Garry Monk manages to make a clearance.

23:35

Long distance shot from Raul Meireles misses to the left of the goal.

21:43

Centre by Raul Meireles.

20:14

Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton. Garry Monk takes the direct free kick.

19:34

Raul Meireles challenges Angel Rangel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.

16:24

Leroy Lita challenges Branislav Ivanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.

15:33

Ramires takes a shot. Leon Britton gets a block in.

14:07

Shot from deep inside the area by Raul Meireles clears the crossbar.

12:53

Nicolas Anelka produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

12:47

Raul Meireles delivers the ball.

11:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by Scott Sinclair. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

10:24

The ball is sent over by Neil Taylor, Ashley Cole makes a clearance.

8:56

Centre by Angel Rangel, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower played to the near post, clearance by Nicolas Anelka.

8:07

Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Britton. Garry Monk takes the direct free kick.

3:12

The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa.

2:31

Nicolas Anelka fouled by Neil Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

Match Preview

Villas-Boas surprised by criticism Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has hit out at the pundits who branded his team "naive and stupid" in their Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United. Almost a week has gone by since the Blues' controversial 3-1 loss at Old Trafford, but Villas-Boas was still smarting over the fallout from the game. The former Porto boss, who had not lost a league match as manager for 17 months prior to Sunday, began this week by venting his frustration at the performance of the officials in Manchester, revealing he had made a complaint to referees' chief Mike Riley. Villas-Boas has turned his attention to the pundits who criticised his players' display, insisting Chelsea had been the better team and were guilty only of failing to take their chances. "I am surprised that people take the view to criticise us for being naive and stupid at Old Trafford," he said. "What we did was defend the essence of British football and football well played. "I find it strange that people related to football don't know where to position themselves regarding what is best for football and what is best for fans, because fans are the most important part of our game. "It was an entertaining game for the world. Pity we didn't come away with the three points but I think we were superior during the 90 minutes. "In the end, it's the victory that counts. We missed the victory. "We are five points behind the leader and we have to try to shorten the distance as we try to progress with a couple of wins." Chelsea could change all 10 outfield players for the Barclays Premier League game against Swansea. A youthful Blues side were taken to penalties in their midweek Carling Cup third-round win over Fulham and Villas-Boas is considering whether to rest everyone who started bar goalkeeper Petr Cech, who has recovered from the head knock suffered on Wednesday. Alex is suspended and Daniel Sturridge out with a knee problem, while Michael Essien is still recovering from a long-term knee injury. Midfielder Mark Gower says Swansea will be going in search of "bonus points" at Stamford Bridge. The Swans travel to London in buoyant mood having claimed their maiden Premier League win with a convincing 3-0 triumph over West Brom at the Liberty Stadium last weekend. But Brendan Rodgers' side face a very different prospect this weekend against the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres. He said: "We know our home form is key to this season, we have to perform and get the majority of our points at home, but we need to go to Chelsea and play for the win, and if we can't get the win we need to try and get something from the game. "There is a league within a league and these top three or four teams are class teams. If you can pick up points from them it's a bonus point. That's what we are after, those bonus points. "We need to go there and play the way we can, and if we do that we know we will get a lot of ball, create chances and hopefully score some goals. "We have learned we can compete at this level. They are world class players, but they are only human. The Arsenal game showed that, we very unlucky not to come way with something. We can take heart from that, and the win on Saturday gave us even more confidence that we can dominate games in the Premier League. "It's nice to play these teams but it's also nice to get them out of the way. We will have our backs against the wall for the majority of the game on Saturday but if we can nick anything it will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season." Rodgers has no fresh injury concerns. Striker Danny Graham is set to be available after missing the win over West Brom with a back complaint, but may have to settle for a bench spot after Leroy Lita's goalscoring exploits against the Baggies. Left-back Neil Taylor has recovered from the blow to the head he suffered in a challenge with Peter Odemwingie but Rodgers remains short of centre-halves with Alan Tate (broken leg) and Steven Caulker (knee) injured, so captain Garry Monk and Ashley Williams will again pair up in defence. Midfielder Kemy Agustien (hamstring) and striker Craig Beattie (ankle) are also sidelined.

Formation:4132Manager: Andre Villas-Boas

Chelsea

Formation: 4132Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Swansea

  • Petr Cech
  • Jose Bosingwa
  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • John Terry
  • Ashley Cole
  • Mikel
  • Juan Mata
  • Raul Meireles
  • Ramires
  • Fernando Torres
  • Nicolas Anelka
  • SUBS
  • Ross Turnbull
  • David Luiz
  • Frank Lampard
  • Didier Drogba
  • Florent Malouda
  • Josh McEachran
  • Salomon Kalou

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Match Report

Torres grabs headlines in Blues triumph Fernando Torres' mixed fortunes continued as he found the net before seeing red for an ugly challenge in Chelsea's comfortable Barclays Premier League 4-1 victory over Swansea. Sunday's defeat at Manchester United had seen #50million man Torres score for only the second time in his Blues career before producing one of the worst open-goal gaffes in Premier League history. He scored today with another fine finish before seeing red for inexplicably diving in studs first on Mark Gower in between a Ramires brace, which was followed by Ashley Williams' consolation and a comeback goal for Didier Drogba. But being down to 10 men for more than half a game for the second time in four days - Chelsea suffered the same fate in their midweek Carling Cup win over Fulham - was hardly ideal preparation for Wednesday's Champions League showdown in Valencia. Torres' dismissal also meant a three-match domestic ban and ensured he would once again make headlines for the wrong reasons, despite beginning to repay his record-breaking transfer fee in earnest. Frank Lampard starting on the bench today was also a talking point, although the midfielder played 76 minutes on Wednesday night. He looked certain to start at Valencia, emphasising that, at 33, he was being held back more and more for the big games. Chelsea's bid to close the five-point gap to United did not begin well, with the hosts outplayed by the visitors in the opening 15 minutes. Raul Meireles volleyed over when well-placed and Ramires had a close-range shot blocked but Chelsea were failing to replicate the beautiful game Villas-Boas insisted they had produced last weekend. Torres was also struggling to repeat his Old Trafford exploits, where his horror miss marred what was otherwise his best performance in a Chelsea shirt. That changed in dramatic fashion in the 29th minute when Juan Mata chipped a ball over the top and Angel Rangel played Torres onside, allowing him to swivel and find the bottom corner. Mata was needlessly booked for hauling back Rangel, with Williams close to converting the resultant free-kick. But Chelsea's scintillating football finally arrived nine minutes from half-time when a sweeping breakaway saw Ashley Cole pick out Ramires, who drilled the ball through Michael Vorm's legs. But Torres then undid all his good work when he was sent off three minutes later for a shocking tackle on Gower. Referee Mike Dean had no choice but to show red for the challenge, despite it appearing more clumsy than malicious. Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers, who enjoyed a pre-match ovation on his return to the club where he was reserve-team boss for four years, threw on Wayne Routledge for Leon Britton during the interval. The visitors laid siege to the Chelsea goal after the restart as Meireles almost slid the ball into his own net, the livewire Nathan Dyer saw his shot deflect off John Obi Mikel and loop onto the crossbar, and Williams misdirected a header from the resultant corner. A desperate challenge from Mikel prevented Leroy Lita converting Rangel's cross and the subsequent corner was headed goalward by Williams, only for Jose Bosingwa to clear off the line. Dyer was booked for felling Anelka as Chelsea broke and Ramires also volleyed wide before Mata was withdrawn for Florent Malouda and the fit-again Danny Graham came on for Lita just before the hour mark. Anelka almost scored a superb individual goal after being allowed to carry the ball 25 yards before unleashing a piledriver against the bar. Chelsea began to cope with their man disadvantage, as they had against Fulham on Wednesday, forcing Swansea to introduce Stephen Dobbie for Dyer. Garry Monk was booked for tripping Anelka 15 minutes from time and the 10 men made it 3-0 a minute later, Ramires too easily cutting inside Williams before passing the ball beyond Vorm. Drogba made his long-awaited return from his sickening head injury for the final 11 minutes as Anelka was withdrawn. Josh McEachran also replaced Ramires before Swansea finally netted in the 86th minute, the unmarked Williams heading home his first Premier League goal from Gower's free-kick. Vorm saved well from Malouda, Williams went close to nodding in his second in stoppage time and Ramires dragged a hat-trick chance wide before Drogba turned on Malouda's pass and steered the ball beyond Vorm to add gloss to the scoreline.

Form Guide

    DWWW
  • Chelsea
  • VS
  • Swansea
  • LDDL

Last Meetings

Top Scorers

Chelsea

  • N Anelka 1
  • J Terry 1
  • F Malouda 1
  • JS Bosingwa 1
  • D Sturridge 1
  • JM Mata 1

Swansea

    Goals

    Chelsea

      • Total goals 10
      • Goals per game 7
    • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
    • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
    • 2 (For) Period 51-60 mins
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
    • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

    Swansea

      • Total goals 3
      • Goals per game 0
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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