asmirvsswanseaDespite playing most of the second half with 10 men, Chelsea battled to a 2-2 draw against Swansea at Stamford Bridge in the season opener. Thibaut Courtois´ dismissal also meant that Asmir Begovic made his competetive debut for Cheslea.

The Blues took the lead after 22 minutes through Oscar´s bending free kick, but Swansea levelled just six minutes later, when Andre Ayew scored. Chelsea was back in the lead in the next play, this time Willian´s deflected cross ending up behind Fabianski´s back.

However, the red card, awarded after 52 minutes, was crucial. Jose Mourinho had to remove Oscar to make way for Asmir Begovic, who could´t do anything to save Gomis´ equaliser from the penalty, but had, as ChelseaFC.com put it, outstanding performance.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas (Zouma 76); Willian (Falcao 84), Oscar (Begovic 54), Hazard; Diego Costa.

Unused subs: Mikel, Ramires, Moses, Remy.

Goals Oscar 22, Fernandez OG 29
Booked Terry 53
Sent off Courtois 52

Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (c), Taylor; Ki (Cork 41), Shelvey; Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero (Routledge 71); Gomis (Eder 79).

Unused subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Tabanou.

Goals Ayew 28, Gomis (pen) 54

Booked Shelvey 18, Cork 45+2, Williams 90+3

Referee Michael Oliver

Attendance 41,232