Torres scores and is sent off in Chelsea win

Fernando Torres added another chapter to his turbulent Chelsea

career on Saturday when he scored only his third goal for the club

and then was sent off before halftime in a 4-1 win over

Swansea.

The Spain striker, a 50-million pound ($77.3 million) signing

from Liverpool in January, doubled his goal tally for the season

when he chested down Juan Mata’s pass, turned and shot low into the

corner in the 29th minute to put the home side ahead.

Torres was also involved in the buildup when Ramires made it 2-0

in the 36th, but was shown a straight red card three minutes later

for a diving, two-footed tackle on Mark Gower.

Goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba sealed the win for Chelsea,

with Ashley Williams replying for Swansea for the club’s first away

goal of the season.

Although Torres did not make full contact with Gower, referee

Mike Dean had little choice but to bring out the red card for a

dangerous tackle.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas acknowledged it looked ”a

good decision by the referee,” but said Torres had ”nothing to

apologize for.”

”The challenge is part of the nature of the game and the

referee decided like that,” Villas-Boas said.

It was Torres’ first sending off since 2006 when he was with

Atletico Madrid, and followed another up-and-down game in the

Premier League defeat against Manchester United last week when the

Spaniard scored but also managed to miss an open goal.

Chelsea was left to play with 10 men for the second straight

game after defender Alex was dismissed against Fulham in the League

Cup in midweek.

Villas-Boas’ team won that game on penalties and the loss of

Torres failed to derail Chelsea against Swansea, which performed

well but lacked any luck in front of goal.

”With 10 men we never lost our will to attack and it paid

off,” Villas-Boas said. ”It was an important win based on the

last defeat at Old Trafford and showed good resilience in the end

after Wednesday to come back with a good result and a good

display.”

After halftime, Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles almost put the

ball into his own net, Nathan Dyer’s deflected shot hit the bar and

Williams missed the target with a header.

However, Chelsea weathered the danger and Ramires made the game

safe in the 76th from Jose Bosingwa’s pass.

Williams headed in a late consolation for newly-promoted Swansea

before substitute Drogba scored his first goal of the season in the

79th from just inside the penalty area to make it 4-1.

Chelsea stayed third in the standings, while Swansea is 16th

with five points from six games.