11 years ago to this day Garry Monk made his debut for the Swans when they were at the bottom of the Football League. Today they nearly recorded a famous victory over Premier League champions Chelsea but will have to be content with a nonetheless impressive away draw at Stamford Bridge.
The changing point in the game was Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois getting sent-off and Bafetimbi Gomis scored the resulting penalty to equal the score early in the second-half. Courtois will now miss the next match against Manchester City at the Etihad next week Sunday.
The Blues took an undeserved lead through Oscar but minutes later were pegged level by Andre Ayew scoring on his competitive debut. Jose Mourinho's men regained the lead within one minute as Federico Fernandez scored an own-goal to go into the break leading 2-1.
The draw means Chelsea's poor form from pre-season continues. Combined with not winning a single game of four friendlies and the loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield, the South London club are now winless in six games and despite Mourinho's protestations pre-season does not matter, it appears to be affecting them competitively.
Oscar's goal in the 23rd-minute was rather fortuitous as it came from an in-direct free-kick which travelled through the box without contact thus fooling former Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski who reacted too late.
Swansea, who were the only team to score two or more times at Stamford Bridge last season, equally scored a scrappy goal. Ghanaian international Ayew scored a tap-in after a scrummage in the box in the 29th-minute.
After the restart the Swans were the much livelier of the two sides and moments before Gomis levelled the scores teammate Jonjo Shelvey hit the near post directly from a corner.
The former Liverpool man was instrumental in Gomis' goal in the 52nd-minute. His pass split the Chelsea defence as Brazilian Willian was too slow to set the offside trap and the Frenchman was in on goal before being tripped by Thibaut Courtois who was the last man.
Oscar was sacrificed for new signing Asmir Begovic but the former Stoke City goalkeeper could not keep out Gomis' penalty.