Chelsea 3 vs 1 Swansea Football Highlights
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Fabregas scored the first goal on 19 minutes in his first league start since Dec 31 against Stoke, taking a ball played behind him by Pedro into his stride and poking it past Fabianski and into the corner with his second touch. As they had many times, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard had split Swansea open and there were times when they could not get out their own half.
At one point Kyle Naughton simply wrapped an arm around Hazard and dragged him to a standstill, barely glancing upwards at the yellow card dealt to him. There was a further chance for Fabregas and Pedro cut in brilliantly from the left side and went past Federico Fernandez and Jack Cork before he was finally stopped.
But Llorente struck with just seconds of the half to play and Conte’s tea came back out still requiring more goals. On their way out they passed Lampard, a man with 211 goals to his name for Chelsea, more than any other in their history, who finally got his chance to take the mic and say a few words to the home fans on the Stamford Bridge pitch.
Fabregas struck the bar on 51 minutes and while Chelsea still looked the most likely winners they did not dominate quite as completely as before the break. Cesar Azpilicueta should have been penalised when he lost track of a bouncing ball at the feet of Sigurdsson and the ball struck the right arm of the defender in his own area.
On that occasion Swarbrick denied the away side the penalty. Chelsea were probably due a stroke of luck and there was more of that for the goal that Pedro scored on 72 minutes. He took the pass from Fabregas and ran at an angle from right to left striking a left-footed shot that should have been saved easily by Fabianski but went straight through the goalkeeper.
The assists for Fabregas took him to a career 102 in the Premier League, second on the all-time list in joint position with Lampard, with whom he had a few bad-tempered battles over the years. Hazard made the third for Costa, forcing Naughton backwards in his own area with the full-back afraid to make a challenge, before the Belgian slipped past him and cut the ball back.
Chelsea go 11 points clear at the top and were in total control of that game Swansea remains four points above the relegation places.
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