Premier League - Chelsea deflection robs Swansea

Tue, 31 Jan 21:45:00 2012

A deflected goal in injury time robbed Swansea City of a memorable victory at the Liberty Stadium as 10-man Chelsea salvaged a 1-1 Premier League draw.

Swansea 1 Chelsea 1

Swansea dominated the first half and had their reward when Scott Sinclair swivelled to shoot past Petr Cech. But Chelsea came back into it with long spells of possession after the break. And Jose Bosingwa's late deflected effort salvaged an unlikely draw for the visitors after they were reduced to ten men as Ashley Cole saw red for a second bookable offence.

Playing the attractive brand of passing football that has served them so well at home so far this year, it was Swansea who dictated play from the outset and they could easily have gone ahead as early as the seventh minute. Steven Caulker knocked down Gylfi Sigurdsson's free kick and Danny Graham found the ball at his feet yards from Cech's post but Branislav Ivanovic did just enough to make him shoot wide.

Swansea continued to press and hustled Cech into an uncharacteristic mistake shortly after. The Chelsea keeper flew out of the box, missing a tackle on Graham who played in Sigurdsson. His goalbound shot was only cleared back out to Graham, who also saw his shot scrambled off the line by David Luiz.

Chelsea's chances were few and far between. A Daniel Sturridge shot just wide of Michel Vorm's post and an ambitious chip from Juan Mata just about the extent of their first half chances as Fernando Torres again failed to see much of the ball.

Swansea's dominance eventually paid off minutes before the break, Graham knocking the ball down to Sinclair who swivelled to put it in the top corner past Cech's despairing dive.

If it was Swansea who had the better of the first half, Andre Villas-Boas' half-time talk seemed to do the trick for Chelsea who came out looking a different side. The introduction of Michael Essien for the ineffective Oriol Romeu gave Chelsea a more combative edge in midfield and the Ghanaian's first contribution was a shot that fizzed just over Vorm's bar.

A match that had seen four first half bookings and some ugly two-footed challenges go unpunished looked to have turned decisively in Swansea's favour in the 85th minute when Cole received a second yellow card for a lunge on Dyer.

But Chelsea continued to press and Swansea were cruelly denied with barely a minute remaining when Bosingwa's shot deflected off Neil Taylor's thigh and into the net.

Fraser Masefield / Eurosport

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