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Chelsea vs. Swansea City Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea breaks with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterDecember 26, 2013

Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea claimed a 1-0 win over Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium international showed one of the very moments of class in the game as he picked up a through ball to cut inside and fire low past Gerhard Tremmel in the 29th minute.

However, this was a disappointing Boxing Day clash for both sets of supporters, as Chelsea wasted a number of opportunities and Swansea barely registed any chances.

Swansea defender Ashley Williams found himself twice caught out in the early stages of the game, but provided a good block to deny Branislav Ivanovic in the 11th minute.

Alvaro Vasquez had a half-chance in the 17th minute but dragged his shot wide after good work from Jonjo Shelvey.

Williams again did well to clear off the line from John Obi Mikel in the 21st minute after John Terry's header needed just a touch from his Chelsea teammate.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty I
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It seemed only a matter of time before Chelsea would open the scoring, and they did just that in the 29th minute through Hazard.

A great ball from Ashley Cole allowed the Belgium international to cut inside and fire past Swansea goalkeeper Tremmel, whose sight was obstructed by Williams.

Tremmel was almost caught out moments later when he dallied on the ball from a Williams back-pass but did not see Samuel Eto'o closing in.

The striker blocked the clearance, but Tremmel was able to drop on the ball in the nick of time to deny Eto'o.

The Cameroonian should have added a second for Chelsea two minutes before the interval, but Tremmel saved well down to his left.

Just 15 seconds after the break, Juan Mata produced a great ball for Eto'o to volley home, but Tremmel saved brilliantly to deny the forward.

But the opening stages of the second period threw up few opportunities for either side, even though Swansea were chasing the game.

Jose Mourinho sent Andre Schurrle on for Mata in the 70th minute as he attempted to kill off the game, but there was still a sense of anxiety around Stamford Bridge.

Ramires sent Mourinho into a rage on the sidelines when he delayed an attack and then lost possession with Chelsea three-on-two against the Swans' defence. 

 

Player ratings

Eden Hazard: A

Deserved his 29th-minute opener for a great first-half display. Showed his class as he cut inside full-back before firing past Tremmel.

Constantly looking to threaten Swansea as the match progressed, but could not provide a breakthrough.

 

John Terry: B

Rarely troubled in a first half in which he almost provided an assist for John Obi Mikel.

But gave the ball away on the edge of his area twice in three second-half minutes to blot his copybook.

 

Ashley Williams: B

Did well to block on the line in the first period, but was caught out on occasion by the pace of Chelsea attacks.

 

Post-match reaction 

 

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