Breaking:-Chelsea 0-2 Southampton: Tired Blues suffer 3rd defeat in last 4 home EPL games
Chelsea lost consecutive home league games for the first time since 2011 as Southampton earned a key win in their fight against relegation at Stamford Bridge.
The home side never got going during the opening 45 minutes and Michael Obafemi’s superbly taken strike from 18 yards gave Saints a deserved lead.
The introduction of Mason Mount for defender Kurt Zouma at the break threatened to inject energy into Frank Lampard’s side but only a vital Fikayo Tomori intervention prevented the away side a second.
Here is the match report.
2019/2020 Premier League
0 – 2
Tomori’s header too straight
SAVE! Hudson-Odoi floats a dangerous cross to the back post where Tomori and Rudiger are lurking. Tomori rises to head at goal, but his effort is tame and straight at McCarthy.
GOAL! Chelsea 0-1 Southampton (Obafemi)
The Saints take the lead on the road courtesy of a fine goal from Obafemi. Hojbjerg releases the run of the forward in the final third. There is plenty of work for Obafemi to do and he sprints away from Tomori before cutting inside on his left foot. Zouma affords him space and time to pick his spot and he lets fly with a fine strike that soars into the top-left corner.
Azpilicueta’s shot stopped by McCarthy
McCarthy has to act for the first time in the game to divert a deflection from Armstrong away from goal. Azpilicueta tries to steer Willian’s corner towards goal with an outstretched boot, it strikes Armstrong and heads towards the right corner of the net. McCarthy sees it and pushes it away from goal.
Hudson-Odoi’s long shot over the bar
Willian works the ball to Hudson-Odoi from a short corner and he goes for a curling strike from the left side of the box that just sails over the crossbar, although McCarthy may have saved it anyway.
Kepa makes decent save to stop Redmond
Redmond and Armstrong combine with a neat one-two to cut open the Blues at the back. Redmond is through on goal, but he sees his low strike well saved by Kepa before Azpilicueta heads behind for a corner.
GOAL! Chelsea 0-2 Southampton (Redmond)
The Saints notch a second goal with a sublime team move. It builds down the right as Cedric works the ball to Armstrong. He takes a neat touch to beat one challenge and then spots Redmond in space in the left inside channel. His lofted pass takes a deflection, but still finds his team-mate. Redmond sticks out his right boot to clip the ball over Kepa and into the back of the net.
Pulisic’s shot stopped by McCarthy
Pulisic twists and turns and he squeezes out a strike on his left foot that takes a deflection and trickles behind for a corner.