Courtois sent off as Chelsea settles for 2-2 draw with Swansea to start EPL title defense



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LONDON — Ten-man Chelsea had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Swansea after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was sent off in the first match of the team's Premier League title defense at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

In a hectic spell midway through the first half, Oscar put the hosts ahead in the 23rd minute, Andre Ayew leveled in the 29th and Chelsea's lead was restored after an own goal by Swansea defender Federico Fernandez.

Everything changed within 10 minutes of the restart, when Courtois was dismissed for felling Bafetimbi Gomis as the France striker burst into the area on the break.

Reserve keeper Asmir Begovic came on for Oscar but could not prevent Gomis slotting home the spotkick.

Gomis later had a goal disallowed for offside as Swansea pressed for a winner.

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