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Swansea City 0-0 Chelsea

Swansea City 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea failed to conjure up a winning performance tonight, in a match that will be remembered for an acrimonious off-field incident involving Eden Hazard and a Swansea ballboy.

We started the better of the two sides, with Swansea being content to stand off we recycled possession from deep and looked to find our rhythm early on.

Demba Ba went down in the box after making contact with Ben Davies, but the referee correctly turned down his appeals for a penalty.

Swansea were soon on the break, with a Wayne Routledge shot being deflected by Cesar Azpilicueta to keep the pressure off of Petr Cech in goal.

Routledge again looked dangerous as he threaded through Michu with a deft pass, but Cech conjured up a fantastic save to prevent the Spaniard from putting the tie to bed.

Swansea continued to look the better side, pinging passes around in our final third and probing forward. Jonathan de Guzman saw his effort on goal blocked by Gary Cahill, who threw himself into the path of the shot.

Eden Hazard shot tamely wide in the 19th minute. A drilled cross from Ashley Cole brought about our first corner, but Gary Cahill's header from the resulting set piece was a weak one, and Hazard failed to do anything of note with the rebound.

We slowly began to look more settled after the twenty minute mark, but couldn't find a way through Swansea's solid defence. A long range effort from Ramires was easily dealt with by Swans keeper Gerhard Tremmel.

Mata and Oscar combined inside the box after being played through by Demba Ba, but Oscar failed to prevent the ball from crossing the byline after Mata's silky flick on sent it his way.

Oscar had a golden opportunity in the 30th minute, but failed to control the ball inside the box under tight pressure from Swansea's Ashley Williams.

Ramires was fortunate to escape a booking for a foul on Ki Sung-Yueng in the 37th minute, the Swansea midfielder going down after his ankle was clipped.

Demba Ba had an opportunity late on in the half after a mix up by Swansea's defenders saw the ball fall to him in the box, but he hastily skied his shot over the bar, squandering our best chance of the match so far.

We began the second half without making any changes, and looked to settle into our work. Two goals and a clean sheet in 45 minutes was the order of the day, just to push the tie to extra time.

Swansea, on the other hand, were only a solitary goal away from more or less killing off our chances.

The Swans broke early on down the left flank via de Guzman , but Azpilicueta marshalled him wide and shut down the move.

We were soon on the counter quickly but Ba failed to take another chance, and put a shot well wide of the post.

A corner in the 51st minute served up our next opportunity, but Mata's cross failed to find either Cahill or Ivanovic. Swansea won the ball and broke quickly but failed to make the most of it, and we conceded a throw in.

As the match progressed, Swansea's intent was clear with Tremmel taking an age to commence a goal kick in an effort to eat up the clock.

A head injury for Leon Britton stopped play for a considerable length of time, with the Swansea man having his head bandaged.

Michael Laudrup made a change in the 64th minte, with Nathan Dyer replacing Wayne Routledge.

Benitez soon shuffled our defence, replacing Ivanovic with David Luiz in the 67th minute.

With 20 minutes left on the clock, Swansea managed to break quickly after an Oscar cross was dealt with easily, but their attack came to nothing.

Mata launched a powerful shot at goal in the 72nd minute, forcing Tremmel into a making a great save.

Oscar nearly found Cahill in the box with a floated cross, but Tremmel again closed down our attack and dealt with the aerial threat.

Oscar's night was soon over, as he was replaced by Fernando Torres in the 80th minute.

The end of the match was soured by an off the pitch incident, with a Swansea ballboy being involved in a tussle of sorts with Eden Hazard.

After appearing to deliberately trip over the ballboy smothered the ball, and Hazard quickly grew frustrated as he attempted to bring it back into play.

He launched a firm kick in an attempt to free the ball from under the boy, but the referee spotted the incident and Hazard subsequently received a red card for violent conduct.

Ryan Bertrand replaced Ashley Cole in the 85th minute, but by this stage the match was effectively dead and buried.

As the game petered out, Swansea looked the more threatening side in the 6 minutes of added time.

Cech was forced into a great save late on, as Nathan Dyer surged forward and launched a powerful effort at goal.

Swansea celebrated as the referee blew the final whistle, confirming their advancement into the League Cup final against Bradford City.

Chelsea failed to overcome a dogged Swansea defence who thwarted our every effort. Demba Ba squandered precious chances up front, but the whole team must shoulder the blame for our performance over the course of the two legs.

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Writer:Lofty 1905
Date:Wednesday January 23 2013
Time: 10:29PM


Worried about the Hazard incident - maybe he was trying to kick the ball, but will the authorities see it that way ?
23/01/2013 22:35:00
of course they wont they are all anti chelsea
23/01/2013 22:38:00
I feel so sorry for Hazard Its so unfair, he kicked the ball not that freaking looser PIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
23/01/2013 22:41:00
The media are gonna cruxify us over this . Dont think ill go near any news sites for the next few days ..... just what we dont need right now
23/01/2013 22:42:00
The lack of imagination in the final third and midfield in general was shocking. Not a great day.
23/01/2013 22:45:00
I saw nothing wrong with what hazard did cos i have seen bigger teams come to stamford bridge to play and lose and on no occassion have i seen our ball boys trying to be a looser like this kid.
23/01/2013 22:46:00
I saw nothing wrong with what hazard did cos i have seen bigger teams come to stamford bridge to play and lose and on no occassion have i seen our ball boys trying to be a looser like this kid.
23/01/2013 22:47:00
I saw nothing wrong with what hazard did cos i have seen bigger teams come to stamford bridge to play and lose and on no occassion have i seen our ball boys trying to be a looser like this kid.
23/01/2013 22:47:00
Chelsea fc should appeal, cause tis is so unfair
23/01/2013 22:48:00
I don't for a second believe that Hazard meant to hurt him, but there's no way to spin it otherwise: kicking in the direction of a ball boy is a stupid thing to do. You're just begging for trouble. As for the performance, well, we're not performing. Point fingers in any direction you like, but this is getting pretty serious.
23/01/2013 22:52:00
we desperately need one or two more out and out wingers........ why these things always happen when MOSES is not on the pitch ??....... WE NEED WINGERS !
The Persian
23/01/2013 22:53:00
Let's not kid ourselves...Hazard was wrong but the ball boy was wrong as well...hazard shouldn't react in that manner as a professional. In the heat of the moment I understand he got frustrated,let's not forget Hazard is a young lad as well. He made a mistake am sure he regrets,but the ball boy did a good job stirring his emotions. Just found out the lad was 17 years old as well.
23/01/2013 22:54:00
At this point, I am not even sure if mourinho can solve this problems, because we keep pointing at different angles as the source of the problem, today it is luiz, tommorow it will be mikel, next it would be the pivot, then we'll blame lamps and fault torres then fault mata and finally rafa benitez, where the problem is from is what we should find and plug it, anytime mata doesn't play we don't do anything, I am now wondering when chelsea became a one man team.
23/01/2013 22:57:00
The Hazard incident taking shine of our pathetic performance today. I feel for the traveling Chelsea fans,who got nothing whatsoever to cheer about. Lack of desire,Character,poor winning mentality,low enthusiasm. Red card or no red card,we were poor with 11 men on the pitch. Rafa's subs were pathetic, Luiz for Iva,Bertrand for Ashley...Really?
23/01/2013 22:59:00
@nely, are u sure he is only 17? Or just twitter feeds? As you said above, hazard shouldn't have done what he did, I know it was out of frustration, but if that kid is a 12 - 13 year old kid, then we'll be stigmatised all thru the season and hazard will be booed in all away grounds, can someone so young handle it?
23/01/2013 23:00:00
Hazard shouldn't have tried to kick the ball out of the boy, he had the right to do it but it wasn't the best idea..... It's a case of stimulus and response, the best thing to do at that moment is calm down....I won't blame him too much though, everyone of us have a tendency to react wrongly to stimulus... The FA will deal with that, the main problem is the fact that our Hazard-Oscar-Mata combo finds it difficult to create space.... Those always demanding for MAZACAR combo can at least see today that it makes us a bit choked up, this combo is what got RDM the sack... This is why I honestly hope we can get a new winger as we need width badly more than anything else.... Marin, to me is not ready yet for the rigors of EPL....
23/01/2013 23:01:00
Police now involved... the courts will find him not guilty, the FA will do the opposite. Sound familiar?
23/01/2013 23:02:00
We need to back Hazard here, as a club we need to come together, he didnt go and kick him in the face, he kicked the ball, rafa must go, no motivation, no ideas, no hope
23/01/2013 23:02:00
The moment I saw the replay I knew Hazard was in for it. What will the papers say? "Violent Conduct. Oh the poor traumatized child"... The runt was being cheeky but Hazard should have known better. The ref did us a favor by immediately "dispensing justice" else it could very well have turned into the circus the media love making out of CFC. Not to mention the lengthy ban Hazard would have served.
23/01/2013 23:03:00
It was a very disappointing performance from chelsea. Both the players and the coach deserves some stick. There was no urgency, zeal and determination from our players and rafa was clueless on what to do to change the game. Swansea didnt even have to work hard to keep our attack quiet. Its now certainly obvious that we must find an alternative to mata. When he is off his game, the whole team will be off and our top 4 aspiration would be in real danger if this trend continues. I am more disappointed in the performance than in the result. I pity those fans who had to travel all the way to swansea in that bitter winter to watch such a flat and disappointing display.
Chelz Akamz
23/01/2013 23:03:00
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