Chelsea Held at Home by Swansea

Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea started its title defence campaign with a 2-2 draw against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.  The Swans held on despite late pressure from the blue army and managed to cause an upset in their first game of the season.  Jose Mourinho’s men looked the sharpest in the early exchanges but failed to trouble Lukasz Fabianski.

In the 18th minute Nemanja Matic tried his luck from distance, but his attempt deflected off Ashley Williams.  Still, the keeper managed to gather.  Shortly after, Oscar beat the shot stopper with a delightful free kick to make it 1-0.  Andre Ayew showed some great skill to feast on a rebound in the 29th minute to level matters.
The Blues had an immediate response to the equaliser when Willian’s cross deflected off Federico Fernandez looping over Fabianski to make it 2-1 to the hosts.  Soon after the restart the visitors were back on level terms.  Thibaut Courtois was sent off for bringing down Bafetimbi Gomis and the Frenchman responded with a beautiful penalty to make it 2-2.
The home side almost got their noses in front in the 66th minute but Branislav Ivanovic nodded over the bar.  Garry Monk’s men came close to scoring in the 73rd minute but Asmir Begovic was alert.  Fabianski was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the dying minutes of the match as Mourinho’s men looked to salvage full points.
The Pole first stopped Eden Hazard in the 75th minute before producing a superb save to deny Diego Costa.  The match ended with the two sides inseparable at two goals apiece, a draw that will feel like a loss to Chelsea.