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Conte dismissed but Chelsea beat Swansea

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger celebrates scoring his first Premier League goal against Swansea City

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was ordered from the touchline as his side overcame struggling Swansea City at Stamford Bridge thanks to Antonio Rudiger's first Premier League goal.

Conte spent the whole of the second half watching from the stands after disputing referee Neil Swarbrick's decision not to award a corner when the game was goalless.

Chelsea dominated but had to wait until the 55th minute to find the breakthrough, Germany defender Rudiger heading home after N'Golo Kante's shot was deflected into his path.

Swansea did not have a shot on target as they fell to a fifth defeat in six Premier League games.

Chelsea remain third in the table while Swansea stay 19th, three points from safety, after a ninth league defeat in 14 games this season.

Relive the action from Stamford Bridge and the rest of Wednesday's games

Conte loses his cool

It was a difficult night for Chelsea until Rudiger's goal and that manifested itself in Conte's frustration boiling over when he argued with the match officials shortly before the interval.

The Italian was unhappy his side had not been awarded a 43rd-minute corner after a low cross by Pedro deflected off Swansea defender Alfie Mawson and behind.

Swarbrick instead gave a goal kick and that upset the animated Conte, who had seen his side carve out chance after chance without punishing Swansea.

Antonio Conte argues with referee Neil Swarbrick before being sent from the touchline

Chelsea forced seven corners and had six shots on target in the first 45 minutes alone, yet the Swans could head back to the dressing room on level terms.

Conte initially sat in the seats just behind the dug out before disappearing down the tunnel after Swarbrick was unhappy he was so close to the action.

What's next?

Chelsea have a quick turnaround as Newcastle visit Stamford Bridge for a 12:30 GMT kick-off on Saturday - the same day Swansea visit Stoke City (15:00 GMT).

More to follow.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 27Christensen
  • 24Cahill
  • 21ZappacostaSubstituted forMosesat 75'minutes
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 7Kanté
  • 3Alonso
  • 22WillianSubstituted forDrinkwaterat 81'minutes
  • 11PedroSubstituted forE Hazardat 81'minutes
  • 9MorataBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Caballero
  • 6Drinkwater
  • 10E Hazard
  • 14Bakayoko
  • 15Moses
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 44Ampadu

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26Naughton
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 6Mawson
  • 16Olsson
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 51MesaSubstituted forMcBurnieat 65'minutes
  • 14Carroll
  • 35Renato SanchesSubstituted forFerat 45'minutes
  • 2Bony
  • 18J AyewSubstituted forRoutledgeat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Fer
  • 12Dyer
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 15Routledge
  • 17Clucas
  • 22Rangel
  • 62McBurnie
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
41,365

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home21
Away2
Shots on Target
Home10
Away0
Corners
Home15
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 1, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Swansea City 0.

Booking

Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Swansea City).

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Chelsea).

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Wayne Routledge replaces Jordan Ayew.

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Daniel Drinkwater replaces Willian.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Eden Hazard replaces Pedro.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Victor Moses replaces Davide Zappacosta.

Attempt saved. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Willian.

Attempt blocked. Tom Carroll (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Davide Zappacosta.

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Swansea City).

Attempt missed. Leroy Fer (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Oliver McBurnie replaces Roque Mesa.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross.

Hand ball by Martin Olsson (Swansea City).

Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Swansea City).

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

Jordan Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro.

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mike van der Hoorn.

Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Chelsea).

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