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23:55 21st June 2012

Swans 1 Chelsea 1


Pablo Hernandez's strike in the 88th minute claimed a share of the spoils as the Swans held Champions League holders Chelsea at the Liberty.
After a goal-less first half, it was the visitors who edged ahead as Gary Cahill's flick on from a corner was nodded in via the post by Victor Moses.
But it was left to Spanish international Hernandez to deny Roberto Di Matteo's side, the winger coolly curling a 20-yard effort past Petr Cech late on to score his second goal in his last two outings at the Liberty.
Sub Danny Graham went close to pinching victory soon after latching onto a through ball only to be denied, but a point apiece was a fair result.

The Swans made three changes to the starting line-up that won at Liverpool in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
Angel Rangel and Ben Davies were restored as full-backs with Jazz Richards and Dwight Tiendalli missing out despite impressing at Anfield, while Wayne Routledge came in for Nathan Dyer - who scored at Liverpool - on the wing.
Chelsea were without David Luiz and Juan Mata along with John Terry and Frank Lampard, though Ashley Cole was back in Roberto Di Matteo's starting XI while Branislav Ivanovic returned from suspension.

Swans: Gerhard Tremmel, Angel Rangel, Garry Monk (capt), Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Leon Britton (Danny Graham, 65), Ki Sung-Yueng, Jonathan de Guzman, Wayne Routledge (Nathan Dyer, 65), Pablo Hernandez, Michu (Itay Shechter, 79).
Subs: David Cornell, Alan Tate, Dwight Tiendalli, Kemy Agustien.

Chelsea: Petr Cech (capt), Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Oriol Romeu (Ramires, ht), Fernando Torres, Oscar (Ryan Bertrand, 79, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses (Daniel Sturridge, 73), Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta.
Subs: Ross Turnbull, Paulo Ferreira, Marko Marin, Lucas Piazon.

Both teams made lively starts, with the Swans carving out the first opportunity within four minutes as Rangel got onto the end of Pablo Hernandez's pass but the right-back's cutback cross was cleared.
Chelsea responded via Fernando Torres, who got onto the end of a corner but thanks to Leon Britton, the Swans avoided the scare with the midfielder clearing off the line.
Back came the Swans, with Hernandez getting forward down the right and his cross was met by Michu, who connected at full stretch but his volley was way off target.
Eden Hazard then blasted over after the Swans defence failed to clear as the clock ticked past the 20-minute mark.
Chelsea came again, Victor Moses latching onto a loose ball and crossing to Torres, but his header was weak and straight at Gerhard Tremmel.
Immediately the Swans pushed on, Hernandez finding Jonathan de Guzman, whose cross was only half-cleared and Wayne Routledge teed up Ki Sung-Yueng, but John Obi Mikel dived in to courageously block his effort.
Ashley Williams then did well to track back and block Torres when the Spaniard was found in space during a swift counter, but that was the last action of a good first half for the Swans.

Half-time: Swans 0 Chelsea 0

Roberto Di Matteo made a change at the break with Ramires replacing Oriol Romeu, with the visitors creating the first opportunity of the half as Hazard's low shot was well-saved by the diving Tremmel before Moses nodded over Torres's cross.
The Swans responded with Ki finding Michu, who was stopped in his tracks by Cahill, but when Routledge shifted the loose to Hernandez, Ashley Cole had to be quick to clear for a corner.
Tremmel then had to be at his best to keep Hazard's free-kick out for a corner, but the visitors got their goal seconds later.
Cahill flicked on and Moses nodded into the net via the far post on 61 minutes.
Michael Laudrup then made a double change as Danny Graham and Nathan Dyer replaced Leon Britton and Routledge.
Petr Cech collected de Guzman's effort following neat work from Angel Rangel and Dyer, before Laudrup made another change for the last ten minutes as Itay Shechter replaced Michu.
And it paid off as Shechter paid a part in the equaliser. Hernandez cut inside and after found Shechter. The Israeli international was tackled by Cahill, but the loose fell to Hernandez, who, from 20 yards out, curled his effort past Cech and into the corner after 88 minutes.
It gave the hosts a massive boost for the remaining few minutes, and sub Graham went close to grabbing the winner as he latched onto a through ball, only for Cahill to block it out for a corner.
Then came four minutes of added on time, but neither side found the winner as they took a deserved share of the spoils.