Southampton entered the fixture knowing that 3 points would be crucial in their fight for Premier League survival. Chelsea were looking to put an end to their poor away form, following three consectuive away losses.
Southampton opened the scoring in the 21st minute. A brilliant run from former blue Ryan Bertrand and a pinpoint cutback allowed Dusan Tadic to slot home from just outiside the six yard box.
A big talking point during the fixture was Marcos Alonso’s challenge on Shane Long, the Spaniard with a shocking challenge that should have seen him sent off, but referee Mike Dean did not even award a foul.
Southampton doubled their lead in the 60th minute after a whipped delivery into the box by James Ward Prowse, debutant Jan Bednarek guiding his left footed volley into the bottom corner.
After conceding the second goal Conte decided to replace Alvaro Morata with Olivier Giroud,which proved to be the real game changer in the fixture.
Chelsea cut the deficit down to one goal in the 70th minute, a bullet header from Giroud, after a great cross from Chelsea left back Marcos Alonso. Minutes later, Willian beat Cedric with a bit of skill on the edge of the box before firing a ball across the area, Hazard controlling the ball excellently before smashing home to give Chelsea the equaliser.
The comeback was completed by Olivier Giroud in the 78th minute. A scramble in the penalty area led to the ball landing at Girouds feet where he excellently dispatched a half volley into the bottom corner! What a turn around, Giroud being a huge influence on the end result!
Does Giroud deserve to start against Burnley on Thursday based on this recent perfomance, or is he better coming off the bench?
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