Swansea 2-2 Chelsea: Costa heroics saves Conte’s blushes


Two Diego Costa goals ensured Chelsea preserved their unbeaten start to the season as they were held to a 2-2 draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

The Blues however lost their 100% wining start to the season, as the Swans almost came from behind to snatch an unlikely win, with goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Leroy Fer seemed to be cruising them to a victory, before Costa earned a point for the Blues.

First Half

Chelsea began by showing intent as they won their first corner-kick of the match as early as the 6th minute, after Willian had dribbled to the edge of the penalty area, unleashing a brilliant shot to the top right corner, which was saved by Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Swansea tried to gain some momentum in the early stages, but it was Chelsea who held sway, as they tried to control the game with the Swans also giving it a go.

It wouldn’t take long before the Blues would find the back of the net, and what a stunning strike it was in the 18th minute, Diego Costa latching on to a through ball from Oscar before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area.

The seemed to have propelled the Swans, but it was Chelsea who went into the break with the lead as it seemed they would continue their 100% winning start to the season.

Second Half

The Blues almost started the second period like they did the first, Eden Hazard picked the ball inside the box and fired a beautiful first-time shot, but it went just a few inches wide of the left post, what a goal that would have been.

As much as Chelsea still enjoyed superior possession in, Swansea were showing glimpses of what they could do with occasional flashes of brilliance.

Those flashes of brilliance would however turn into something more tangible in the 59th minute, Gylfi Sigurdsson making no mistake from the penalty spot to level the score. Thibaut Courtois had brought down an opponent inside his area and the referee wasted no time in pointing to the penalty spot, while also issuing the Chelsea ‘keeper a yellow card.

Less than three later, a grave error from Chelsea gifted Leroy Fer a chance, and the Dutchman slotted in from close range as the Swans lead 2-1 coming from a goal down.

Chelsea however remained unrelenting as they pushed for an equalizer and it came in the 81st minute, Diego Costa again, this time latching on to a rebound to score with an overhead kick to make it 2-2.

The Spain striker then went close shortly after, but Fabianski pulled off a world class save to deny him the chance to score a hat-trick.

The draw means Chelsea’s 100% winning start to the season is ended, but they remain unbeaten however.

Swansea XI: Fabianski; Kingsley, Amat, Fernandez; Naughton, Cork, Fer, Ki, Taylor; Sigurdsson; Llorente

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Kante; Oscar, Willian, Matic, Hazard; Costa