Chelsea sink Swansea courtesy of Hazard strike

Chelsea went second in the league on Boxing Day after beating Swansea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard’s fortuitous first-half strike seperated the two sides in a game that the Blues controlled throughout.

With Liverpool and Man City playing in the day’s late kick-off, the result was enough to send Jose Mourinho’s men one place off the top of Premier League pile.

Ashley Cole was recalled to the Chelsea starting lineup after missing out against Arsenal for attending the Gunners’ Christmas do. Jose Mourinho also gave Samuel Eto’o a start at the expense of Fernando Torres.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup opted for a host of changes, however it was stand-in goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel whose inclusion proved decisive. After a low-key start, Hazard gave the hosts the lead on 28 minutes after the German goalkeeper could only fumble the Belgian’s shot into the net.

Álvaro Vázquez had a golden opportunity to draw the Swans level though he blazed over from six yards out, while Eto’o fluffed a couple of very decent chances moments before the interval.

The half-time sit down seemed to have little effect on Eto’o as he was at it again immediately after play resumed; drilling straight at Tremmel from inside the six yard box.

The rest of the second half petered out with little incident, with Mourinho’s side denied top spot following Arsenal’s comeback at West Ham.


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