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Chelsea were hoping that a win at Swansea would help them re-energize their league campaign which after a super start, was rocked by a controversial defeat to Manchester United last week. The Swans, however, proved to be a tough nut to crack as Pablo Hernandezâ€™s late goal cancelled out a Victor Moses opener, earning Chelsea a mere point in the 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
The first half was a quiet affair with both sides failing to produce any wonders. However, the second half saw both sides attack their opponentsâ€™ goal with great resolve and Chelsea found the net first as Gary Cahill directed Oscarâ€™s corner towards Victor Moses, whose smart touch saw the ball sail past the Swansea defence into the goal. The Blues were confident of their victory until a late effort from Hernandez leveled the score. Swanseaâ€™s attackers strung together a series of passes that saw Itay Shechter in the box with the ball at his feet. The Israeli controlled it well before feeding Hernandez, whose curling effort from the edge of the box flew past Cech in the 87th minute.
The Blues fell to second place for the first time in weeks, one point behind Manchester United who comfortably downed Arsenal at Old Trafford. The Blues will now look to revive their stuttering Champions League campaign as they host Shakhtar on Wednesday night. The Ukrainians had dominated Chelsea, defeating them 2-1 in their last meeting and given Chelseaâ€™s dismal form, the Blues will face a tough task at Stamford Bridge in mid-week.
Gerhard Tremmel: 7/10
The stand-in stopper was impressive as he dealt confidently with Chelsea long range shots all evening.
Angel Rangel: 6/10
The right-back pushed forward effectively although he was a little slower to return to his defensive role.
Garry Monk: 6/10
The central defender performed well to break-up Chelseaâ€™s attacks on several occasions.
Ashley Williams: 8/10
The centre-back cleaned up after Monk, picking up Hazard and Torres who occasionally got behind the defence.
Ben Davies: 7/10
The youngster displayed great promise in attack and stood up well to Chelseaâ€™s wingers, keeping attacks from the wings to a minimum.
Leon Britton: 7/10
The Englishman combined well with De Guzman in midfield as the duo orchestrated Swanseaâ€™s attacks on the evening.
Ki Sung-Yueng: 7/10
Swanseaâ€™s summer acquisition played a major role in mounting the Swansâ€™ attacks. The Korean also made some crucial tackles.
Jonathan de Guzman: 8/10
The Dutchman was Swanseaâ€™s best attacking player on the night as he made several cutting runs into Chelseaâ€™s box.
Wayne Routledge: 5/10
The midfielder was slow against the Blues and wasted a couple of opportunities to take a shot. He was replaced with Nathan Dyer after 65 minutes.
Pablo Hernandez: 8/10
The Spaniard impressed in his forward role and fed Michu well as Swansea persisted for a goal. His late goal was a beautiful curling shot that salvaged a point for the Welsh club.
Swanseaâ€™s top scorer was nowhere near his usual best, misfiring through the evening before Laudrup took him off to bring on Itay Shechter late in the game.
Danny Graham: 5/10
The striker did not contribute significantly to attack and was often slow to get past Chelseaâ€™s defence.
Nathan Dyer: 6/10
The winger was a little more careful on the ball than Routledge but failed to find the final passes in the quest for a goal.
Itay Shechter: 7/10
The Israeli was impressive in supporting Swanseaâ€™s attack and played an integral role in assisting Hernandez for the goal.
Petr Cech: 6/10
The Blues stopper displayed good form but generally had little to do as his defence dealt with Swanseaâ€™s determined attack.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 6/10
The young right-back displayed his defensive prowess while also contributing fairly well to attacks down the right wing.
Branislav Ivanovic: 7/10
The Serbian justified his desire to play at centre-back with a strong performance although he failed to step in and block Hernandezâ€™s shot that cost the Blues two points.
Gary Cahill: 7/10
The English defender managed the defence well in Terryâ€™s absence, not allowing Michu or Hernandez a clear shot on goal for most of the evening. He was a handful in the opposing box too, and was Chelsea's biggest threat on set-plays.
Ashley Cole: 6/10
The left-back was defensively strong although he rarely ventured forward to help with attacks.
Oriol Romeu: 4/10
The young midfielder was slow on the ball and was easily outrun by the Swansea attack, forcing Di Matteo to take him off in favour of Ramires at half-time.
John Obi Mikel: 6/10
The midfielder kept possession well, although his passes failed to generate much threat for the Swansea defence.
Victor Moses: 8/10
The Nigerian star outpaced Torres on many occasions and always threatened to score, deservedly getting the goal with a calculated header in the second half.
Chelseaâ€™s summer signing from Brazil directed Chelseaâ€™s attacks and himself attempted to get his side a goal with long range efforts.
Eden Hazard: 7/10
The Belgian looked like Chelseaâ€™s strongest attacker in the absence of Juan Mata, often testing with his attempts to cut through Swanseaâ€™s defence.
Fernando Torres: 4/10
The Spaniard put in a disappointing performance yet again, with Williams and Monk comfortably controlling him all evening.
The Brazilian teamed up well with Mikel to stabilize the midfield in an attempt to penetrate better through Swanseaâ€™s resolute defence.
Daniel Sturridge: 4/10
The forward came on with 20 minutes on the clock but failed to impress, getting dispossessed rather cheaply by Swansea's defenders.
Ryan Bertrand: 5/10
The left-back replaced Oscar for the last 10 minutes as Di Matteo unsuccessfully tried to keep their one-goal lead into the final whistle.
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