Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Southampton 2-3 Chelsea: Saints stunned as Olivier Giroud inspires Chelsea comeback

An energised and driven Saints side made a lacklustre Chelsea pay the price in the opening half as Dušan Tadic converted easily, before Jan Bednarek marked his first league start with a stunning half volley finish in the second term.

The week of epic comebacks continues with Chelsea being the latest to join the list. 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.

Chelsea have just the FA Cup - where they face today's league opponents Southampton in the semis next Sunday - left to salvage something from their season.

A massive weekend of sport ahead and that is certainly the case in the Premier League with a big lunchtime clash on the agenda between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's.

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Christensen has suffered with injury and fatigue in recent weeks but Antonio Conte has opted to include the Dane in his starting lineup at the expense of Antonio Rudiger.

While Southampton were intense on the ball, Chelsea closed the half lucky to still have ten men on the field.

Meanwhile, Southampton manager Mark Hughes was unhappy that Marcos Alonso had escaped a red card after a high boot caught Shane Long on the back of his calf at the end of the first half. "We must be happy we scored three times".

Dusan Tadic opened the scoring for the hosts, before Jan Bednarek scored on his Premier League debut to double Southampton's advantage.

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Southampton had no answer to Giroud's aerial dominance and, once the fear created from his first goal pinned them in their own penalty area, they were doomed.

Giroud completed the turnaround with his second, and Chelsea's third, in the space of eight minutes as the Blues finally showed some of the fighting spirit that they had been sorely lacking in recent weeks.

Less than five minutes later, Chelsea were level.

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