Saturday September 24, 2011 Day 6 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 4 - 1 Swansea City

  • Torres 29’
  • Ramires 36’, 76’
  • Drogba 90’
  • Williams 86’

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    Torres shown red in Chelsea win

    Fernando Torres scored and was sent-off as 10-man Chelsea beat Swansea City 4-1 in their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Swansea City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5' The full-time whistle goes at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea have won this match 4-1 courtesy of an early strike from Torres - who was later shown a straight red card for a rash challenge - and a brace from Ramires before Drogba added a late fourth. Williams's late header was all but a consolation for Swansea. Thanks for joining me.
    • 90+4' GOAL!!!!! DROGBA SCORES A FOURTH! The Ivorian takes a slick pass from Malouda before swivelling and shooting crisply beyond Vorm to add a flourish to the final moments of this match!
    • 90+3' Terry does well to skip across and challenge Rangel before winning a free kick deep inside his own half.
    • 90+2' Williams could so easily have had a hat-trick of headers this afternoon, and the hosts need to improve in defending set-pieces.
    • 90+1' Again Williams meets a corner from Gower, and this is very poor defending late on from Chelsea!
    • 90' Four minutes will be added at the end of this second half, and Swansea look to break once more.
    • 89' Drogba jostles away with Britton on halfway, and Chelsea keep the ball without much alarm.
    • 88' Malouda latches on to a long ball from Bosingwa inside the Swansea box, but he can only turn the ball wide.
    • 87' Chelsea go straight back up the other end in search of a fourth, but Taylor makes a good challenge.
    • 86' GOAL!!!!! WILLIAMS GRABS ONE BACK! The Swansea defender capitalises on slack marking from Chelsea to ghost in at the back post and head home from Mark Gower's cross - Chelsea had been warned!
    • 84' Cole clatters into Rangel, and he is promptly booked for a what is a pretty cynical challenge.
    • 83' Lampard continues to sit patiently on the bench, and he will not be coming on today.
    • 82' Josh McEachran comes on for Chelsea now as Meireles makes way, and he receives a deserved ovation for a fine display.
    • 81' Meireles again charges forward with a bright run, but his shot lets him down as he slices his effort wide.
    • 79' Drogba gets a standing ovation from the Chelsea crowd as he makes his entrance, and that pretty much caps off the afternoon for the hosts!
    • 77' GOAL!!!!! RAMIRES MAKES IT THREE!! It's the least the Brazilian deserves as he takes a pinpoint delivery from Bosingwa in his stride and slides a precise and clinical finish beyond Vorm!
    • 76' Monk is booked, and the Swansea captain's challenge on Anelka is very late and clumsy.
    • 75' Terry does very well to anticipate a cross from Rangel and clear off balance in the Chelsea box.
    • 74' Sinclair and Taylor combine in the Chelsea half, but the hosts break through Mikel, who's had a good game.
    • 73' A huge roar goes up around Stamford Bridge as Didier Drogba jogs up and down the touchline!
    • 72' Rodgers makes another change as he replaces Nathan Dyer with Stephen Dobbie, and that is his final sub.
    • 71' Eldoretcitizen has tweeted to say: "Get rid of Torres, get rid of him he is useless", while Billiebatz says "I can't believe Torres has destroyed all his hard efforts today. Willed him to perform, gutted!" Stim_omos adds: "Sorry to say this but Chelsea should sell Torres to Leeds or send him back to Spain. What do you think?"
    • 70' Again the Spaniard is put forward by Cole, but his first time strike is pretty tame and runs straight to Vorm.
    • 69' Meireles again gets down the right, but his deep delivery zips wide of the far post with Ramires unable to turn it on target.
    • 68' Malouda checks inside and brings the ball forward as Swansea are pegged back, and this is better from the hosts.
    • 67' Ramires strides purposefully down the right, but this time he cannot find the final ball.
    • 66' Swansea have Chelsea boxed in once more as they pile the pressure on, but the hosts defend stoutly.
    • 65' A long ball from Gower in the direction of Routledge is horribly misplaced, and Chelsea can build.
    • 64' Cole almost makes it three! The left-back gets in down the left courtesy of Ramires's through ball, but he slides his effort wide from an acute angle with just Vorm to beat!
    • 63' Monk misses the ball completely inside the six-yard box, and he's extremely fortunate that Ramires does not anticipate the run of the ball.
    • 62' Chelsea are back in possession once more as the hosts finally settle in this second half.
    • 61' Anelka hits the bar! What a strike from the Frenchman, who unleashes a rasping drive from range, with the ball thundering off the bar with Vorm comprehensively beaten.
    • 60' Malouda replaces Mata, and that's a surprising change from Villas-Boas with this match far from wrapped up just yet.
    • 59' Both sides line up changes as Danny Graham replaces Leroy Lita for Swansea...
    • 58' Swansea build from deep once more as the visitors continue to take the attack to Chelsea, and credit to them for that.
    • 57' Ramires takes a high ball down superbly before lashing a powerful volley wide of the far post - a decent effort.
    • 56' Vorm turns the ball behind for a corner as the cross comes in from Cole and is deflected off Monk.
    • 55' Dyer is booked for a rather cynical trip on Anelka, who powers down the left and wins the free kick.
    • 54' Chelsea are almost punished for slack marking in the 55th minute as Ashley Williams ghosts into the box unmarked to power a downward header on target, only for Ramires to clear just off the line!
    • 53' Anelka puts Vorm under pressure as a long ball from Mikel almost catches out the Swansea defence.
    • 52' Villas-Boas is out on the touchline barking orders at his side, with Swansea continuing to dominate possession in this second half.
    • 51' Rangel is shrugged off the ball by Terry, and Chelsea can finally alleviate the pressure in their half.
    • 50' Mata floats over a testing delivery which Ramires almost gets on the end of, only for Vorm to gather.
    • 49' Dyer drills a fierce shot from the edge of the Chelsea box, and it takes a vicious deflection off Mikel and dips agonisingly onto the roof of the net!
    • 48' Rangel gets down the right at pace, and Meireles does well to divert the ball behind for a corner with a sliding challenge.
    • 47' Wayne Routledge is introduced as Leon Britton makes way, and Rodgers looks for greater width.
    • 46' The second half is underway, and John Terry is back out on the field despite having struggled through much of the first half with what looked like a hamstring strain.
    • 45+2' The referee's whistle brings an end to a dramatic first half at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea 2-0 up following goals from Torres and Ramires, but a crazy challenge from the Spaniard has seen his afternoon ended abruptly with the hosts down to 10 men. What is your assessment? Let me know!
    • 45+1' Swansea end the half with a fine period of possession in the Chelsea half, and they have the numerical advantage.
    • 45' Two minutes will be added at the end of this first half as Anelka is pushed up front with Mata in just behind.
    • 44' Chelsea continue to harry the Swansea back four as Villas-Boas frantically reshuffles his side.
    • 43' Many of you were predicting hat-tricks for Torres today, and to be fair it looked like that could be on the cards, but that moment of stupidity has cost him.
    • 42' Sinclair flies down the left once more, and despite Swansea being on the back foot, he continues to prove a very potent outlet.
    • 41' Terry, inevitably, continues to berate referee Dean following that red card to Torres, but it was a very rash challenge.
    • 40' RED CARD! Torres flies in recklessly on Gower, and that was two footed and pretty high from the Spaniard! His afternoon is over.
    • 39' Chelsea stroke the ball around patiently in their own half, and the home fans are really enjoying this now.
    • 38' Mata continues to charge around in the Swansea half causing havoc, and he's looking very good.
    • 37' One other aspect to that move I should mention was a deft pass through the legs of Britton by Torres earlier in the move - he's brimming with confidence all of a sudden!
    • 36' GOAL!!!!! RAMIRES MAKES IT TWO!! Cole slides an inviting through ball into Ramires's path, and he keeps his composure to fire a low drive through Vorm's legs to double Chelsea's lead!
    • 35' Vorm lumps a long ball upfield towards Sinclair, but Cech is swiftly out to gather the loose ball.
    • 34' Rangel wins a free kick out on the right for Swansea as Mata is very harshly booked, and that is pretty unreasonable.
    • 33' Chelsea win a free-kick 30 yards out which ends up at the feet of Mikel, but his shot from the edge of the box is poor.
    • 32' Torres is furious with the referee for being penalised after challenging with Monk, and that did look like a free-kick.
    • 31' Mata, who is proving the cutting edge in the final third for Chelsea along with Torres, is ruled offside for another bright run.
    • 30' Torres's celebration is relatively subdued, but he must be hugely relieved - it was a very clinical finish.
    • 29' GOAL!!!!! TORRES SCORES!! Very fine work on the edge of the penalty area from Mata, who dinks over a delightful through ball to Torres, with the forward taking the ball down into his stride superbly then driving a crisp finish into the far corner of the net! There it is...
    • 28' Ivanovic marauds forward from deep, but blasts a wild shot well over the crossbar as he gets a bit too excited!
    • 27' Torres goes down inside the Swansea box as he feels he is tugged back by Garry Monk inside the box as he looked to latch on to Mikel's through ball. The referee is not impressed.
    • 26' Chelsea have won eight and lost none of their last nine Premier League games at Stamford Bridge. Swansea have won just one of their last eight regular league games away from the Liberty Stadium (W1 D1 L6).
    • 25' Britton wins the ball back for Swansea once more, and Chelsea are being frustrated at present.
    • 24' Cole picks up possession deep inside the Chelsea half, and sprays a long ball out to Bosingwa, but the move breaks down with Williams challenging.
    • 23' Mata applauds Bosingwa, who attempts a raking long diagonal ball, but slightly over-cooks it.
    • 22' Ramires does superbly to force his way to the byline down the right, beating Taylor, but his deep cross is not anticipated by any of his team-mates.
    • 21' Both managers are writing frantically in their notepads as Torres dallies on the edge of the Swansea penalty area and eventually gives away a free-kick in frustration.
    • 20' Mikel does very well indeed to track back and challenge Gower, winning the ball back for Chelsea.
    • 19' Mikel drops very deep to bring the ball out of defence for Chelsea, and it's pretty slow progress from Chelsea as they build from the back.
    • 18' Villas-Boas suddenly becomes very animated as he patrols the touchline, but the hosts are keeping possession without great alarm right now.
    • 17' Namoali has Tweeted me to predict that "Torres WILL score" - he surely has to find the back of the net today to help alleviate the pressure on him. What do others think?
    • 16' STAT: Chelsea and Swansea have never met in the top flight but their last meeting in Division 2 was a 6-1 victory by the Blues.
    • 15' Meireles blasts a wild volley over the crossbar as the ball drops to him inside the Swansea penalty area, and he really should hit the target!
    • 14' Chelsea stroke the ball around on halfway, before Mata drops inside to link the play to good effect.
    • 13' Bosingwa gets down the right, before Mata takes over and Chelsea gradually settle in this first half.
    • 12' Bosingwa combines with Anelka down the right, but Taylor does superbly to shepherd the ball out of play.
    • 11' Ramires has to make a sliding challenge to halt Dyer out on the left as Swansea continue to keep the ball very effectively in the Chelsea half.
    • 10' Swansea are giving as good as they get in this opening period, and Chelsea are on the back foot.
    • 9' Sinclair again makes progress down the left, before Ivanovic has to head away inside the six-yard box from Dyer's deep cross!
    • 8' Ramires clatters into Britton on halfway, and the Swansea man gets to his feet very gingerly after the clash.
    • 7' Ivanovic makes an impeccable challenge at the back to deny Sinclair, who flies into the box at pace, until the intervention halts his progress!
    • 5' Terry brings the ball out of defence and feeds Mikel, before Sinclair wins back possession for Swansea against his former club.
    • 4' Bosingwa shows his pace with a powerful run down the right, but his cross is very poor and balloons into the top tier of the stand!
    • 3' STAT: Swansea haven’t won away at Chelsea since November 1925, losing six and drawing three of the nine visits since in all competitions.
    • 2' Cole and Terry exchange passes at the back for Chelsea, as the hosts build patiently from the back.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Stamford Bridge, and Raul Meireles is immediately on the ball, making a surging run into the Swansea half.
    • 14:55 The players are out on the pitch, and it's a glorious afternoon in West London as both sets of fans enjoy the fine weather and create a fervent atmosphere. We're all set...
    • 14:50 Right, it's time for you to post your pre-match predictions ahead of this afternoon's clash! What scoreline are you backing today? Who will score the goals, if any? Let me know your thoughts!
    • 14:45 Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, has dismissed speculation linking the club with a move for Sol Campbell. A report in a national newspaper had suggested the Swans would move to bring in the 37-year-old former Arsenal and Tottenham centre-half, who is a free agent, as Rodgers looks to counter a lack of defensive options due to the unavailability of Alan Tate, Steven Caulker, Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche. Full story
    • 14:40 Chelsea striker Didier Drogba felt he was "lucky to still be alive" after a collision in his side's match against Norwich last month left him with concussion and a perforated eardrum. The Ivory Coast international, 33, collided with Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy in the Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge last month and was told by the club's medical staff that he was unconscious for "six to eight minutes" afterwards. Read more
    • 14:35 Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Mata, Meireles, Ramires, Torres, Anelka. Subs: Turnbull, Luiz, Lampard, Drogba, Malouda, McEachran, Kalou /// Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Gower, Allen, Dyer, Lita, Sinclair. Subs: Tremmel, Graham, Dobbie, Routledge, Moore, Bessone, Richards
    • 14:30 As ever, much of the attention will be on Fernando Torres, with the seemingly endless debate as to whether the Spaniard is 'back to form' continuing to rage! What do you think of Torres right now and do you think he should be the focal point of this Chelsea side? Follow me on Twitter and let me know!
    • 14:25 AVB has said: "I am surprised that people have criticised us being for being naive and stupid at Old Trafford. What happened at Old Trafford was a negative result but you have to be fair and say that we were the best team. We were not the most efficient team but we were the best team. So I thought that was unfair, because we played with essence of football. It's strange that people who know about football don't know how to position themselves on what is best for football and best for fans."
    • 14:20 Brendan Rodgers has said: "We need to respect the opponent, they have world class players. But we went to Arsenal last week and nearly got a result, and they are playing with a similar style to us. And for an hour against Manchester City we did very well against one of the top sides in Europe. We are learning all the time and we know you have to be collectively right, we are not naive enough to think we can open everything up like we do at home."
    • 14:15 TEAM NEWS: Chelsea could change all 10 outfield players for the game against Swansea. A youthful Blues side were taken to penalties in their midweek Carling Cup third-round win over Fulham and manager Andre Villas-Boas is considering whether to rest everyone who started bar goalkeeper Petr Cech, who has recovered from the head knock suffered on Wednesday. Alex is suspended and Daniel Sturridge out with a knee problem, while Michael Essien is still recovering from a long-term knee injury.
    • 14:10 Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has no fresh injury concerns ahead of his team's trip to Stamford Bridge. Striker Danny Graham is set to be available after missing the 3-0 win over West Brom with a back complaint but may have to settle for a bench spot after Leroy Lita's goalscoring exploits against the Baggies. Left-back Neil Taylor has recovered from the blow to the head he suffered in a challenge with Peter Odemwingie.
    • 14:05 Andre Villas-Boas has launched a stinging attack on TV pundit Alan Hansen, accusing the former Liverpool defender of taking "pleasure" in criticising his side. "It's just an unwillingness to make a correct comment on the game by having pleasure in criticising others," he said. "People like that go against their own principles. They don't know what to say and they basically just live by lowering others, which I find quite extraordinary." Here's what AVB said in full!
    • 14:00 Andre Villas-Boas's Chelsea look to hit back after their defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford as they host newly promoted Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' GOAL!!!!! DROGBA SCORES A FOURTH! The Ivorian takes a slick pass from Malouda before swivelling and shooting crisply beyond Vorm to add a flourish to the final moments of this match!
    • 86' GOAL!!!!! WILLIAMS GRABS ONE BACK! The Swansea defender capitalises on slack marking from Chelsea to ghost in at the back post and head home from Mark Gower's cross - Chelsea had been warned!
    • 77' GOAL!!!!! RAMIRES MAKES IT THREE!! It's the least the Brazilian deserves as he takes a pinpoint delivery from Bosingwa in his stride and slides a precise and clinical finish beyond Vorm!
    • 61' Anelka hits the bar! What a strike from the Frenchman, who unleashes a rasping drive from range, with the ball thundering off the bar with Vorm comprehensively beaten.
    • 54' Chelsea are almost punished for slack marking in the 55th minute as Ashley Williams ghosts into the box unmarked to power a downward header on target, only for Ramires to clear just off the line!
    • 49' Dyer drills a fierce shot from the edge of the Chelsea box, and it takes a vicious deflection off Mikel and dips agonisingly onto the roof of the net!
    • 40' RED CARD! Torres flies in recklessly on Gower, and that was two footed and pretty high from the Spaniard! His afternoon is over.
    • 36' GOAL!!!!! RAMIRES MAKES IT TWO!! Cole slides an inviting through ball into Ramires's path, and he keeps his composure to fire a low drive through Vorm's legs to double Chelsea's lead!
    • 29' GOAL!!!!! TORRES SCORES!! Very fine work on the edge of the penalty area from Mata, who dinks over a delightful through ball to Torres, with the forward taking the ball down into his stride superbly then driving a crisp finish into the far corner of the net! There it is...
    • 27' Torres goes down inside the Swansea box as he feels he is tugged back by Garry Monk inside the box as he looked to latch on to Mikel's through ball. The referee is not impressed.
    • 15' Meireles blasts a wild volley over the crossbar as the ball drops to him inside the Swansea penalty area, and he really should hit the target!
    • 7' Ivanovic makes an impeccable challenge at the back to deny Sinclair, who flies into the box at pace, until the intervention halts his progress!
    • 14:35 Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Mata, Meireles, Ramires, Torres, Anelka. Subs: Turnbull, Luiz, Lampard, Drogba, Malouda, McEachran, Kalou /// Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Gower, Allen, Dyer, Lita, Sinclair. Subs: Tremmel, Graham, Dobbie, Routledge, Moore, Bessone, Richards

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