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
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
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas acknowledged it looked ”a
good decision by the referee,” but said Torres had ”nothing to
”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
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.