Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

  • Chelsea edged out Swansea City at Stamford Bridge to keep pace with the Manchester clubs.
  • Antonio Rudiger's second half header proved to be the difference for the Blues.
  • Antonio Conte was sent to the stands in the first half and could face a touchline ban after gesticulating towards referee Neil Swarbrick.
  • Chelsea: Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.
  • Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Mawson, Ki, Olsson, Carroll, van der Hoorn, Bony, Sanches, Roque, Ayew.
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Full-time: Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

Antonio Rudiger's second half header proves to be the difference at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea edge past a resilient Swansea, who had Lukasz Fabianski to thank for keeping them in the contest.

Antonio Conte, who was sent to the stands for his protests over a corner Chelsea didn't receive, will be happy with the three points and perhaps the performance, with key players rested.

That's it for IB Times UK's coverage this evening. Enjoy your evening.


Cahill makes an incredible intervention to clear Olsson's cross as Chelsea begin to live dangerously. Morata is then cautioned for kicking the ball away as the clock ticks down.


Four minutes of stoppage time left to play in west London. Still 1-0 to Chelsea.


Big chance for Swansea!

Routledge darts forward and plays a great cross in for Bony, who just cannot connect. A bit of a let-off for Chelsea.


Not much in the way of attacking play to report on as head into the final knockings at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea still one-up, and they look comfortable now.


Could prove to be a huge goal for Chelsea.

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Swansea make a final change with Routledge coming on for Ayew.


Hazard's first involvement is almost decisive as he latches onto a pass and pulls it back for Morata, who just fails to convert and kill the game. Swansea live on.


Chelsea make a double change: Pedro and Willian are off, Hazard and Drinkwater on.


Bournemouth have halved the deficit at the Vitality Stadium! Joshua King's prods home from close range to set up a grandstand finish.


Can the Swans break through?


Victor Moses is now on for Zappacosta. Just over quarter of an hour left at Stamford Bridge, Swansea have been coming into it as an attacking force in the last few minutes.


Fabianski on hand again to deny Alonso after good work from Willian. Alonso had a couple of chances but couldn't find his way past the Swansea stopper.


Swansea win a corner that Morata does well to head away and then clear completely. Victor Moses is set to come on for the hosts with 20 minutes remaining.

Ayew then tries his luck for the Swans but his cross-shot is claimed by Courtois.


Burnley are now two goals to the good away at Bournemouth. Robbie Brady with the Clarets' second of the evening.


Willian is the next Chelsea player to test Fabianski; the Brazilian's drive parried by Fabianski, who thanks his defenders for alleviating the danger.


Rudiger's a happy chap.


Morata darts away from Mawson but can't get his effort on target. The Englishman did well to heap pressure on the former Real Madrid man.

Second substitution for Swansea; Mcburnie on, Mesa off.


Fabregas lofts in a free-kick which is met by Morata. The Spaniard heads goalbound, but is thwarted by Fabianski, who saves excellently.


Rudiger drives from his own box, exchanges passes with Willian and wins a throw out of Olsson. Tremendous athleticism from the German, but Chelsea can't profit from his work.


Alonso should make it two! He seems to take a while to set himself before shooting at Van der Hoorn's feet.

Chelsea come again through Zappacosta, whose cross is headed behind for another corner.


Chelsea play the corner short to Kante, whose shot deflects off Bony and into the path of Rudiger, who manages to head home. 1-0 to the hosts, much to their relief.


GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City (Rudiger)


Willian sprays a ball to Alonso, who gives to back to the Brazilian. He crosses low to Pedro, whose shot balloons over. Frustration grows for the champions.