Chelsea 2-0 Swansea
Chelsea kept up the hunt for Champions League qualification with victory over Swansea City on Sunday.
Oscar opened the scoring with a low cross-shot after being picked out by substitute Frank Lampard.
Lampard then struck his 201st Chelsea goal, one off the club record, from the penalty spot after Juan Mata was sent tumbling by Leon Britton.
Swansea had little to show for their afternoon, although Angel Rangel's shot did need a smart save from Petr Cech.
Much of the pre-match talk had surrounded referee Mark Clattenburg, making his first return to Stamford Bridge since being embroiled in a racism row involving Chelsea players John Mikel Obi and Ramires last October.
The official was subsequently cleared by the Football Association and Chelsea had promised that Clattenburg was welcome back in west London, with pre-match niceties impeccably observed.
Of more pressing concern to Blues manager Rafael Benitez was securing a Champions League place.
Chelsea's win took them back into third but the Blues are in a tight battle with Arsenal and Tottenham for two qualification places, while Everton are also still in contention.
Chelsea will qualify for Europe if they win the Europa League - and they have a one-goal advantage after a 2-1 semi-final first-leg win at Basel - but the push in the league for a more coveted Champions League place must continue, especially with Manchester United and Spurs their next opponents.
Also on the line was gaining a measure of revenge on Swansea, who Chelsea had not beaten in three previous meetings this season.
Gary Cahill returned in defence for Chelsea after a six-week lay-off and the home side's midfield bossed the early proceedings, with Mata impressing.
The first effort on goal came from Eden Hazard as he stung the hands of Michel Vorm from distance.
The Swansea goalkeeper was again called into action when he pushed away a left-footed drive from Demba Ba, cup-tied in Europe but back in place of Fernando Torres.
But the Swans, looking to end a run of five matches without a win, responded well and it needed an acrobatic intervention from Ashley Cole to prevent Michu nodding Wayne Routledge's cross into the net.
Chelsea lost Ramires to injury after 24 minutes but replacement Lampard soon brought another diving save from Vorm and Hazard headed over from the subsequent corner.
But Chelsea made the pressure count with two goals in quick succession just before half-time.
First Oscar controlled Lampard's toe-poked pass before sending the ball fizzing low across Vorm into the far corner.
Then Britton clumsily clipped Mata from behind to concede a penalty and Lampard scored his 201st Chelsea goal. That took the 34-year-old one behind Bobby Tambling's club record and equalled Andy Cole's mark of scoring against 38 different teams in the Premier League.
Tambling, who played for Chelsea from 1958-70, was present and the former England forward was welcomed onto the pitch at half-time to a standing ovation.
Cech had largely been a spectator in the Chelsea goal but was down smartly to push the ball round the post as Rangel shot from an acute angle. Swansea were at least heartened by the sight of Neil Taylor coming off the bench for the final 10 minutes, his first taste of action since breaking his ankle in September.
Vorm remained the busier goalkeeper and did well to keep out Ba, while Mata sent the ball just wide of the far post twice.
Another goal for Lampard to equal the record would have capped the afternoon for Chelsea, but they will settle for three points and refocus on what are likely to be sterner tests in the coming weeks.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez:
"We played good football, we had enough chances to score the third. The idea was to score an early goal, we didn't manage that, but we did eventually score and then pushed for the second and got that before half-time.
"Frank Lampard is a great player. I'm really pleased he's scored another goal and hopefully he can score five between now and the end of the season and he'll be much happier and we will be the same.
"He's a great professional, he's always really focused. He would like to play more games, but he understands the main thing is the team and to qualify for the Champions League."
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup:
"I didn't think we suffered for the first 40 minutes. Five crazy minutes, two goals, changed the game completely.
"We've not had a very poor game since the cup. We've had moments where we've not played well, but even today, you can't say we played poorly after 60 minutes.
"We just had those crazy five minutes."
- 01 Cech
- 03 Cole
- 04 Luiz
- 24 Cahill
- 26 Terry
- 28 Azpilicueta Booked
- 07 Ramires (Lampard - 24' )
- 10 Mata
- 11 Oscar
- 17 Hazard
- 29 Ba
- 22 Turnbull
- 02 Ivanovic
- 34 Bertrand
- 08 Lampard
- 12 Mikel
- 30 Benayoun
- 09 Torres
- 01 Vorm
- 04 Chico
- 06 Williams Booked
- 22 Rangel
- 33 Davies Booked (Taylor - 81' )
- 07 Britton Booked (Shechter - 69' )
- 09 Michu
- 11 Pablo
- 15 Routledge (Dyer - 66' )
- 20 De Guzman
- 24 Ki Sung-Yeung
- 25 Tremmel
- 03 Taylor
- 16 Monk
- 21 Tiendalli
- 12 Dyer
- 17 Shechter
- 19 Moore
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +2:53
Demba Ba takes a shot.90:00 +2:09
Shot by Juan Mata from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.90:00 +1:28
Angel Rangel takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.90:00 +0:26
David Luiz crosses the ball, Michel Vorm makes a save.89:28
Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.86:16
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in.85:37
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emboaba Oscar by Chico. Free kick taken by Juan Mata.84:48
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Hernandez by David Luiz. Michel Vorm takes the free kick.84:04
The referee blows for offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.82:30
Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.80:13
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jonathan de Guzman.80:13 Substitution
Substitution Ben Davies leaves the field to be replaced by Neil Taylor.80:13
Itay Shechter takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.79:35
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emboaba Oscar on Jonathan de Guzman. Chico takes the direct free kick.77:15
The referee blows for offside against Juan Mata. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.76:00
Emboaba Oscar takes a shot. Blocked by Chico.74:10
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Luiz by Miguel Michu. David Luiz takes the direct free kick.72:39
Effort from inside the area by Juan Mata misses to the left of the goal.71:30
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Williams on Demba Ba. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
Juan Mata restarts play with the free kick.69:05 Booking
Booking The referee shows Ben Davies a yellow card.68:37 Substitution
Substitution Itay Shechter joins the action as a substitute, replacing Leon Britton.68:37
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emboaba Oscar by Ben Davies.65:47 Substitution
Substitution Nathan Dyer comes on in place of Wayne Routledge.65:28
Emboaba Oscar sends in a cross.64:57
Demba Ba takes a shot. Chico gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata.63:56
Juan Mata produces a cross.63:27
Corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line.63:17
Centre by Juan Mata, clearance by Chico.62:31
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chico on Eden Hazard. Eden Hazard takes the direct free kick.60:57
Miguel Michu takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.58:17
Demba Ba takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a brilliant save.55:46
Pablo Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman.54:37
Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.54:37 Booking
Booking Cesar Azpilicueta goes into the book.54:27
Cesar Azpilicueta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies.52:08
Demba Ba takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.51:01
Centre by Angel Rangel.49:16
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in.47:45
Shot from deep inside the area by Pablo Hernandez clears the bar.45:43
The ball is crossed by Juan Mata, save by Michel Vorm.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:00 +4:11 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.45:00 +3:14
Demba Ba challenges Chico unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.45:00 +1:27
The assist for the goal came from Juan Mata.45:00 +1:27 Goal scored
Goal! - Frank Lampard - Chelsea 2 - 0 Swansea Penalty taken right-footed by Frank Lampard and scored. Chelsea 2-0 Swansea.45:00 +0:58 Booking
Booking Leon Britton is given a yellow card.45:00 +0:43
Foul by Leon Britton on Juan Mata, Penalty awarded.45:00 +0:14
Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Sung-Yeung Ki.44:54
Eden Hazard sends in a cross, clearance made by Ashley Williams.44:32
The ball is crossed by Emboaba Oscar, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.44:10
Eden Hazard produces a cross.42:54
Frank Lampard provided the assist for the goal.42:54 Goal scored
Goal! - Emboaba Oscar - Chelsea 1 - 0 Swansea A goal is scored by Emboaba Oscar from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Swansea.39:41
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm. Corner taken right-footed by Eden Hazard, Close range header by Gary Cahill goes over the crossbar.38:19
Demba Ba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.36:55
Emboaba Oscar produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by David Luiz misses to the right of the goal.36:55 Booking
Booking Ashley Williams is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.36:47
Ashley Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Emboaba Oscar.35:40
Shot by Miguel Michu from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.34:52
Frank Lampard takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.33:59
David Luiz takes a shot. Ben Davies gets a block in.32:42
Angel Rangel challenges Eden Hazard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Eden Hazard.32:22
Centre by Wayne Routledge.30:49
The ball is sent over by Frank Lampard.29:25
Ben Davies sends in a cross, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.28:33
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Eden Hazard.28:04
A cross is delivered by David Luiz, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.27:14
Demba Ba takes a shot. Ben Davies gets a block in. Emboaba Oscar takes a shot. Chico gets a block in.27:05
The ball is crossed by Eden Hazard.25:41
Free kick awarded for a foul by Demba Ba on Chico. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.25:16
Pablo Hernandez has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.24:34
Juan Mata is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Davies.23:06 Substitution
Substitution Nascimento Ramires leaves the field to be replaced by Frank Lampard.21:26
Emboaba Oscar challenges Pablo Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman, save by Petr Cech.20:41
Wayne Routledge sends in a cross, clearance by Ashley Cole.18:59
The ball is delivered by Angel Rangel, Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonathan de Guzman, clearance by David Luiz.18:21
Foul by Eden Hazard on Pablo Hernandez, free kick awarded. Pablo Hernandez restarts play with the free kick.17:36
Chico takes a shot. Blocked by David Luiz. Foul by Jonathan de Guzman on Demba Ba, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Luiz.17:23
The ball is crossed by Angel Rangel, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.16:37
Pablo Hernandez takes a shot. Blocked by Nascimento Ramires.16:06
Nascimento Ramires challenges Miguel Michu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.15:32
Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.13:36
A cross is delivered by Angel Rangel, Jonathan de Guzman takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.11:54
Demba Ba fouled by Leon Britton, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Juan Mata from the free kick.10:37
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan de Guzman by David Luiz. Free kick taken by Ben Davies.5:46
Eden Hazard takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.0:00
The match gets underway.
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