Chelsea beats Swansea 1-0 in Premier League

Eden Hazard scored in the 28th minute Thursday to give Chelsea a

1-0 win over Swansea to remain two points off the Premier League

lead.

Hazard cut in from the left and scored with a swerving

right-footed shot for ninth goal of the season, which proved to be

enough for the victory despite Chelsea’s forwards again lacking a

cutting edge up front.

Samuel Eto’o should have added a second goal just 15 seconds

into the second half when Juan Mata’s cross found the striker in

front of goal, but fired his effort too close to goalkeeper

goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel.

Despite late possession, the visitors failed to mount a serious

comeback as Chelsea earned its eighth home win in nine league games

this season.

”As time goes on and you don’t score the second goal, you feel

as if you are going to concede but the boys worked hard and were in

control defensively,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.

After a quiet start, the home side found its rhythm and should

have broken the deadlock after 15 minutes when A perfectly weighted

pass from Eto’o found Hazard, but the midfielder dragged his shot

wide.

Juan Mata then found himself with the ball on the edge of the

box but his cutback to John Terry was wasted, as the Chelsea

captain failed to connect properly and the ball sailed harmlessly

wide of Swansea’s right-hand post.

Hazard eventually broke the deadlock after he picked up the ball

midway through the opponent’s half, and despite being closely

marshalled by Swansea defender Jordi Amat, found that extra yard of

space to unleash a powerful shot which managed to squeeze past the

Swansea keeper.

With Chelsea looking for a second, Swansea looked dangerous on

the counterattack, and the visitors’ best chance fell to striker

Alvaro Vazquez in the 33rd. Jonjo Shelvey flicked his header across

the box and Vazques connected perfectly but his side-footed volley

was expertly tipped over the bar by Petr Cech in the Chelsea

goal.

After his miss at the start of the second half, Eto’o had a

chance make amends after receiving a cross from Hazard, but his

shot dragged past Tremmel’s right-hand post.

Despite sustained possession in the final 10 minutes of the

game, the visitors failed to create any clear-cut chances as

Mourinho extended his unbeaten record in the league at Stamford

Bridge to 69 games.

”We started OK, and the fact that we were in the game until the

last second is positive,” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup said.

”We have to bring that positive thing into the next game against

Aston Villa.”