Jan 23 2013 By Dan Levene
A limp and lacklustre Chelsea fizzled out of the League Cup without a fight, but the bigger issue may be what is yet to happen to Eden Hazard.
The Belgian forward was shown a red card for an incident in the 79th minute, where he clashed with a ballboy apparently trying to waste time.
Hazard, presumably trying to kick the ball out from under the youth's body, clearly made connection between his boot and the ballboy's ribs.
The 'assault' is certain to lead to a long ban for the Chelsea man.
The incident overshadowed a game that would have otherwise been completely forgettable from a Chelsea point of view.
Swansea seemed to start with the greater intent: with chances for Wayne Routledge (locked by Cesar Azpilicueta) and Michu (pushed away by Petr Cech) inside the first 10 minutes.
Chelsea looked defensively fragile but at the other end were unable to fight their way a well-organised Swans defence.
At times in the first half, with Swansea having the sharper edge, it looked like it was they who was fighting their way back from a 2-0 deficit.
The second half was no better.
With changes to the shape desperately needed, Rafael Benitez switched his centre halves: David Luiz on for Branislav Ivanovic.
The switch surprisingly failed to work wonders.
Chelsea finally managed a second half shot on target in the 73rd minute: Juan Mata lashing a ball on that was well-saved by Gerhard Tremmel.
A torpid excuse for a cup tie exploded into action in the 79th minute when the Swansea ball-boy behind Tremmel's goal, playing for time, dived on top of a ball that had gone out of play.
Hazard's moment of madness then ensued.
Chelsea have now missed out on five chances of silverware this season. Things seem to be going fro bad to worse.