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Swansea v Chelsea - Story of the match

Published 11/09/2016

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois fouls Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson for a penalty in the 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois fouls Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson for a penalty in the 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

Diego Costa struck twice as Chelsea preserved their unbeaten Premier League record in a 2-2 draw at Swansea.

Costa fired Chelsea into an 18th-minute lead during a first half the visitors controlled from start to finish, only for Swansea to turn the game on its head by Gylfi Sigurdsson and Leroy Fer scoring within three second-half minutes.

Chelsea surged forward in search of an equaliser and were rewarded when Costa claimed his fourth goal of the season with an acrobatic scissor-kick nine minutes from time.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"No in-between with Diego Costa. He's either brilliant or bonkers." - Match of the Day host Gary Lineker (‏@GaryLineker)

STAR MAN

Diego Costa.

Simply impossible to keep the Chelsea striker out of the action. Struck with a calm side-foot finish to put Chelsea ahead and should have had another before the break. Booked for a careless tackle in the first half and might have been punished when he appeared to dive to win a free-kick in the second half. Made the most of his good fortune with a stunning equaliser, his overhead-kick salvaging a point for Chelsea.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Thibaut Courtois' rush of blood unsettled Chelsea and gave Swansea a route back into a match they did not seem capable of finding on their own. Courtois was sent off against Swansea last season for bringing down Bafetimbi Gomis and the striker scored from the spot. The new rules saved Courtois a red card this time, but he could not keep out Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty and it ultimately cost Chelsea in the end.

DATA POINT

It was 861 days since David Luiz last pulled on a Chelsea shirt, in a goalless home draw against Norwich in May 2014. Some £74million has been spent by Paris St Germain and Chelsea on the colourful Brazilian in the intervening period. The 29-year-old took his place on the Chelsea bench after his shock return to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day, but in the end he did not get manage to get on the pitch for a second Blues debut.

RATINGS

Swansea

Lukasz Fabianski 8

Kyle Naughton 6

Federico Fernandez 6

Jordi Amat 6

Stephen Kingsley 6

Neil Taylor 6

Jack Cork 7

Leroy Fer 7

Ki Sung-yueng 6

Gylfi Sigurdsson 7

Fernando Llorente 6

Substitutes

Modou Barrow (for Taylor) 7

Angel Rangel (for Sigurdsson) 6

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois 5

Branislav Ivanovic 6

Gary Cahill 6

John Terry 7

Cesar Azpilicueta 6

N'Golo Kante 6

Nemanja Matic 6

Willian 7

Oscar 7

Eden Hazard 7

Diego Costa 8

Substitutes

Cesc Fabregas (for Matic) 6

Victor Moses (for Willian) 6

Michy Batshuayi: (for Oscar) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Southampton v Swansea (Premier League, September 18)

Chelsea v Liverpool (Premier League, September 16)

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