Swansea vs. Chelsea: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Ryan DavenportContributor IJanuary 23, 2013

SWANSEA, WALES - JANUARY 23:  Pablo Hernandez of Swansea City is blocked by Ashley Cole of Chelsea during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final Second Leg match between Swansea City and Chelsea at Liberty Stadium on January 23, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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For the second match in a row, Chelsea put forth a disappointing effort against Swansea City, but unlike last time, this result eliminated the Blues from 2012-13 Capital One Cup play.

Yes, Chelsea's performance was an improvement from the first leg of the semifinal clash, but the hole the Blues had dug themselves before the opening kickoff of Wednesday's match proved to be too great to overcome. 

Rafael Benitez's side certainly had more chances than the opposition, but they couldn't find the back of the net in a 0-0 draw in order to make up for the 2-0 deficit on aggregate they faced entering the match, and as a result, the Blues' tournament run is over.

Ultimately, Chelsea's 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge may have spelled the end to their Capital One Cup, but Swansea City, who sits a full 12 points back of the Blues in the league table, is obviously a beatable opponent.

On the whole, the Blues held an overwhelming 37-10 shot advantage over Swansea City, but the lack of execution on the offensive end was the difference in the end, and that's why the underdog Swans are advancing to the tournament final to take on Bradford City.

Obviously, the Swans are excited about their upset of one of the Premier League's finest. 

 

Eden Hazard, Chelsea: F

Per Fox Sports:

Chelsea star Eden Hazard was ejected for kicking at a ball boy who didn't return the ball to him quickly enough as the Blues were eliminated from the English League Cup with a 0-0 tie at Swansea in the semifinals on Wednesday night.

Simply put, the Belgian midfielder could not have picked a worse time to lose his cool, as Hazard was sent off in the 80th minute, leaving the Blues with 10 men for the remainder of the match.

Sure, one can say that Chelsea wouldn't have rebounded either way, but Hazard all but erased any possibility of a comeback.

 

Gerhard Tremmel, Swansea City: A

For the second Capital One Cup match in a row, Tremmel shut down one of the Premier League's most high-powered squads and kept a clean sheet against the Blues.

He faced 13 shots on goal in the two legs combined, but he stood tall and played a leading role in the Swans' victory over the Blues.

Tremmel's tournament has been impressive to say the least, as he's led the club to wins over a number of impressive squads, but none more so than the Blues.

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