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
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
”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
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
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
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