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As it happened: Swansea v Chelsea, Premier League

Swansea took on Chelsea, as Jose Mourinho’s men sought to maintain their title bid.

Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Swansea 0-1 Chelsea 

Hull 5-3 Sheffield United (FA Cup) 

15.47 – Hello, and welcome to our second liveblog of today, follow the Liverpool-City game earlier.

Here are the teams:

SWANSEA: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, Shelvey, Dyer, Hernandez, Routledge, Bony.

CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Salah, Willian, Schurrle; Ba.

16.01Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Swansea City v Chelsea - Liberty Stadium

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Fans arrive at the Liberty Stadium.

16.08 – A minute’s silence has just been immaculately observed and we’re just about ready to go.

16.09 – We’re underway…

16.11 – Swansea have started well.

Nathan Dyer makes a break down the right, but his cross is well cut out by the Chelsea defence.

16.15 – Let-off for Swansea, as Salah has just missed an excellent chance.

Ivanovic finds him with a cross, but he places his attempt narrowly wide.

16.19 – Chelsea have started this game somewhat nervously.

Shelvey gets in behind the defence, but his cross eludes Bony.

16.22 – Cech makes an excellent save, after Rangel’s long ball is headed on by Bony.

Swansea are controlling this game so far — it looks set to be a tough afternoon for Chelsea.

16.24RED CARD FOR CHICO FLORES!

16.27 – Big blow for Swansea, as Chico Flores receives his second red card in the space of a month.

It’s a second yellow for a cynical foul on Willian, and is probably deserved.

16.28GOAL FOR SHEFFIELD UNITED!

16.30Sheffield United 1-0 Hull: The underdogs have taken the lead following an opportunistic finish by Jose Baxter from a cross John Brayford cross (18 mins).

The upset is on at Wembley!

16.35 – Shelvey has committed another needlessly rash foul on Azpilicueta.

Swansea have to be careful they don’t let their emotions get the better of them here.

16.37 – Here’s a look at that red card incident.


16.39 – Having watched the thrilling spectacle of Liverpool-Man City, I can safely say this does not quite live up to that game.

The tempo has been fairly slow, with few chances created by either side.

16.42 – Dyer finds himself in another good position but his attempted cross is poor.

Swansea certainly haven’t given up as a result of that early Flores red card, but their end product needs to improve immeasurably.

16.46 – Chelsea continue to probe and Ba drives the ball across the box, but no one gets a touch.

Shortly thereafter, John Terry goes down in the box after Demba Ba’s flick on, but the referee ignores the subsequent Chelsea protests.

16.49 – Here’s a look at the Sheffield United goal.

@diotifaboca

16.50GOAL FOR HULL!

16.51GOAL FOR SHEFFIELD UNITED!

16.55Sheffield United 2-1 Hull: Phew! Firstly Sagbo gets on the end of a well-executed cross (42 mins).

Just over a minute later, Stefan Scougall converts Jamie Murphy’s cross to restore Hull’s advantage (44 mins).

16.55HALF-TIME: SHEFFIELD UNITED 2-1 HULL

16.56 – Salah has just snatched wildly at a good chance to complete a frustrating half for Chelsea.

16.56HALF-TIME: SWANSEA 0-0 CHELSEA

17.11 – Double change at half-time for Chelsea — Eto’o and Oscar have replaced Schürrle and Ramires.

Looks like Jose Mourinho’s men are going 4-4-2.

17.13 – The second half has begun…

17.15GOAL FOR HULL!

17.16Hull 2-2 Sheffield United: Matty Fryatt has levelled the game up again, scoring from close range following a corner (47 mins).

17.20GOAL FOR HULL!

17.21Hull 3-2 Sheffield United: Meyler plays Huddlestone through, and the English midfielder finishes consummately.

Superb start to the second half for Steve Bruce’s men.

17.23 – Chelsea are getting closer. Both Willian and Ba have gone close with headers in recent minutes.

Jose Mourinho’s changes appear to have had an effect.

17.25 – Ashley Williams fails to deal with a cross.

The ball then falls to Eto’o, but he drags his shot wide. Chelsea’s strikers haven’t exactly silenced their critics today (as of yet, anyway).

17.26 – Routledge makes a brilliant solo run forward.

John Terry gets a great block to divert the winger’s shot away from goal.

17.30 – The pressure on the Swansea goal has intensified considerably since half-time.

It’s difficult to see how the hosts can hold out for another half hour.

17.32GOAL FOR HULL!

17.35Hull 4-2 Sheffield United: Stephen Quinn heads home a cross to score against his former club (65 mins).

The Irish midfielder has only just come on as a substitute.

17.35GOAL FOR CHELSEA!

17.37Chelsea 1-0 Swansea: Demba Ba evades the challenge of Williams and strikes the ball home with a powerful finish (67 mins).

It’s Ba’s second crucial goal in the space of a week.

17.39 – Michel Vorm perhaps could have done more to stop Ba’s effort.

He should never have let the ball slip under his body.

17.43 – It’s gone quiet since Ba’s goal.

Chelsea seem content to casually play the ball across the back, with a tired-looking Swansea side failing to pose much of a threat going forward.

17.44 – Here’s a look at Ba’s goal.

h/t @WeAreChelseaFC

17.47 – Ba has now gone off and is replaced by John Obi Mikel.

Chelsea are obviously looking to tighten up by reverting back to a five-man midfield.

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Chelsea’s Demba Ba scores his team’s opening goal.

17.54 – Good solo run from Salah, but his shot hits off the defender and goes out for a corner.

The former Basle player’s finishing has been woeful today.

17.55 – Nice pic of Stephen Quinn after he scores Hull’s fourth goal.

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17.57 – Cech is forced to make a good save, as Bony appears to get the feintest of touches on a dangerous inswinging cross.

Chelsea are looking a little nervy in these dying minutes.

Four minutes of added time will be played.

17.58GOAL FOR SHEFFIELD UNITED!

17.58GOAL FOR HULL!

18.00Hull 5-3 Sheffield United: David Meyler wraps up the win, after Jamie Murphy’s goal gives the Blades late hope (90 mins).

18.01FULL-TIME: HULL 5-3 SHEFFIELD UNITED

Steve Bruce’s side will play Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

18.01FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 1-0 SWANSEA

18.04 – Right, that’s it from me.

Thanks for reading and commenting. We’ll have more reaction to follow from both games.

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