Chelsea 3-1 Swansea: Blues extend lead at the top
- Pedro, Fabregas, Costa score for Blues
- Llorente equalized
- 8 goals in 5 games v Swans for Costa
- Chelsea 11 points clear at top
Chelsea battled to a 3-1 win at home against Swansea City on Saturday, as the Blues moved 11 points clear atop the Premier League table.
Cesc Fabregas gave Chelsea the lead but right on half time Swansea equalized through Fernando Llorente’s header. Pedro’s curler put Chelsea ahead with 18 minutes to go, then Diego Costa added another late on as a relieved Antonio Conte celebrated in the pouring rain in west London.
The win moves Chelsea on to 63 points, while Swansea remain on 24 points.
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The Blues started very brightly, winning an early corner but Pedro curled just over from a dangerous position on the edge of the box.
Federico Fernandez then should’ve put Swansea ahead as he lost David Luiz and should’ve done better with his header. Chelsea continued to push with Costa and Hazard linking up and then Fabregas’ goal-bound shot was blocked.
Soon after Fabregas had better luck as Costa, Hazard and then Pedro were all involved and Fabregas barreled his way through before finishing. 1-0 to Chelsea.
Before half time Victor Moses’ cross found Fabregas and his volley into the ground was saved brilliantly by Lukas Fabianski. Chelsea kept pouring forward with Pedro denied by another Swansea block but right on half time it was level.
A deep free kick from Gylfi Sigurdsson was headed home by Llorente as the Chelsea defense was caught cold. 1-1. Game on.
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Early on in the second half Hazard broke free after a good pass from Fabregas and his low shot was turned away by the brilliant Fabianski.
Fabregas then hit the top of the bar with another well-timed run into the box as Chelsea pushed hard to go ahead.
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Sigurdsson then had a great shout for a penalty as he tried to flick the ball over Cesar Azpilicueta and the Chelsea defender raised his arms with the ball striking him. Referee Neil Swarbrick waved away the calls even though it clearly hit Azpilicueta’s arm and moments later the Blues were ahead.
Pedro curled the ball towards the far corner and Fabianski allowed the shot to squirm under him and end. 2-1 to Chelsea.
Costa then finished things off nicely after wonderful work from Hazard as Chelsea’s charge towards the title continues.