Chelsea, Swansea draw

September 12, 2016
Chelsea's Eden Hazard (centre) and Swansea City's Kyle Naughton (right) battle for the ball during their teams' English Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, yesterday. (AP Photo)


Two goals, a yellow card, accused of diving, and repeatedly kicked, shoved and goaded.

Just a typical all-action match for Diego Costa.

The Spain striker capped a bustling display by scoring from an 81st-minute overhead kick to earn Chelsea a 2-2 draw at Swansea in the English Premier League yesterday.

Costa, who also put Chelsea ahead at Liberty Stadium, is looking back to his best this season with four goals from four games. He is proving a nightmare to handle for defenders as Swansea centre backs Jordi Amat and Federico Fernandez would attest.

They constantly fouled the hot-headed Costa, who stood up to the physical challenge and gave it back in return, and Amat in particular was fortunate not to get sent off for repeat fouling in a niggly but enthralling game.

"From the first to the 94th minute, he took a lot of kicks," Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. "It's incredible the defender finished the match."

Costa's acrobatics salvaged a point for Chelsea after two defensive blunders in a three-minute span almost gifted Swansea a victory.

Gylfi Sigurdsson converted a 59th-minute penalty down the middle after being tripped by Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in a rare attack by the home side. Then Leroy Fer dispossessed Gary Cahill, perhaps illegally after appearing to kick the Chelsea defender's heels from behind, and poked a shot through the legs of Courtois that squirmed over the line.

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