Chelsea extend lead at the top with 5-0 win away at Swansea
Match report and highlights: Swansea 0-5 Chelsea
Diego Costa and Oscar scored twice as Chelsea beat Swansea at the Liberty Stadium with a massive 5-0 scoreline. Andre Schurrle rounded off the scoring with the only goal of the second half. The league leaders are now five points ahead of title rivals Manchester City, who host Arsenal tomorrow.
Jose Mourinho is facing a Football Association charge for claiming that there is a ‘campaign to influence referees’ against his team. But, his team showed no signs of any distress as they raced to a 4-0 lead in 36 minutes.
The scoring was opened by Oscar in the very first minute and that was just a sign to come for Swansea, who played their first match after selling star striker Wilfried Bony to Manchester City. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s shot almost got Swansea level as he hit the post, but Costa got in the act with a double, scoring his first on the 20th minute and fifteen minutes later scoring his 17th goal of the season.
Oscar wasn’t left far behind as he got his second goal two minutes later. The referee blew the whistle for the half-time a little later to give Swansea a much-needed break from a barrage of Chelsea attacks.
The second half was a disappointment as concerned with goals as Swansea tightened up at the back, but they could not deny Andre Schurrle coming off the bench to score the final goal of the match.
Swansea will be looking for inspiration elsewhere as they cut a sorry figure up front without the presence of former striker Bony throughout the match.
Swansea 0-1 Chelsea: Oscar (1’)
Oscar shocked Swansea early in the game, scoring after just 49 seconds. He hit a 20-yard shot past the hapless Lukasz Fabianski to shock the fans at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea 0-2 Chelsea: Diego Costa (20’)
Diego Costa completed a brilliant team goal after he was set up by Cesc Fabregas. The Chelsea midfielders moved the ball on the edge of the box with precision before releasing Costa, who hit a right-footed shot to extend Chelsea’s advantage.
Swansea 0-3 Chelsea: Diego Costa (34’)
A mistake by Federico Fernandez put Costa through on goal. After being pressed by Oscar, the defender blindly passed the ball back to his goalkeeper, but Costa intercepted the pass and scored his second goal of the night.
Swansea 0-4 Chelsea: Oscar (36’)
The Brazilian once again scored from outside the box after Costa’s perfect pass let him hit a side-footed shot first time in the back of the net. Fabianski couldn’t have done anything to stop that.
Swansea 0-5 Chelsea: Andre Schurrle (80’)
The only goal of the second half was scored by the German, Schurrle. Branislav Ivanovic’s adventurous run into the box was found by Eden Hazard and his pass found Schurrle a yard away from goal as he tapped the ball into the open net.