- Chelsea leave it late to win against Southampton at St. Mary’s.
- A brace from Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard rescue the Blues.
- WATCH: Giroud scores stunning goal to complete comeback.
Chelsea defeated Southampton at St. Mary’s to secure their fourth Premier League win of the calendar year in dramatic fashion.
Narrowly after the 20 minute mark, Dusan Tadic gave Southampton the lead. After some dreadful defending from the Premier League champions, Tadic scored his first goal since Boxing Day. Here‘s his goal.
Jan Bednarek doubled Southampton’s lead in the second-half. Bednarek was making his first ever Premier League appearance in the game, and marked it with his first Premier League goal with a volley from close-range. Click here to see that one.
Olivier Giroud, who was renown for being an effective impact substitute during his time at Arsenal, pulled one back for Chelsea. Giroud scored a perfectly placed header to half the deficit on the 70 minute mark. Click here to see Giroud’s second goal for Chelsea.
Less than five minutes later, Chelsea were level. Eden Hazard found himself with a yard of space in the penalty area and made no mistake, firing into the back of the net with his left foot. Here‘s Hazard’s goal.
Giroud completed the turnaround for the Blues with an emphatic half-volley. The ball bounced around in the penalty area before landing at the Frenchman’s feet. He found the back of the net in superb fashion, it’s well worth a watch – click here.
That proved to be enough to save Chelsea, and perhaps Antonio Conte’s job. It ought to give us some encouragement ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against the same opposition.
Here’s our player ratings.
Courtois 5, Azpilicueta 7, Christensen 5, Cahill 2, Zappacosta 3, Fabregas 6, Kante 7, Alonso 5, Willian 6, Hazard 7, Morata, 4. (SUBS: Pedro 5, Giroud 10, Moses 5).