Saints beaten at the Bridge

Stamford Bridge | Tue 25 Apr 7.45PM | Attendance: 41,168
Match Report

CHE v Saints Match Centre

CHE v Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Ryan Bertrand pulls one back for Saints in the dying minutes
  • Diego Costa nets a second-half brace to extend Chelsea's lead
  • Gary Cahill heads in minutes before half time
  • Oriol Romeu cancels out Eden Hazard's early strike

It's all over at the Bridge...

Despite Saints' best efforts and a late header from Ryan Bertrand, league leaders Chelsea march to a 4-2 victory at Stamford Bridge.

21.38
GOALSCORER 21 Ryan Bertrand

Berty gets one back

Cedrić's left-footed cross from the right is well headed in by Ryan Bertrand. 

+3’

GOOOAL!!!

Ryan Bertrand (+3’) | Chelsea 4 2 Southampton

+1’

Chelsea substitution: Willian Borges Da Silva replaces Eden Hazard

A final change for the hosts, as Willian replaces Eden Hazard.

Costa adds another

Smart link-up play in the area results in Diego Costa breaking through and rifling a low strike past Fraser Forster.

88’

Goal

Diego Da Silva Costa (88’) | Chelsea 4 1 Southampton

86’

Southampton substitution: Jay Rodriguez replaces Manolo Gabbiadini

Claude Puel makes a change as well, as Jay Rodriguez comes on for Manolo Gabbiadini.

85’

Chelsea substitution: John Terry replaces Victor Moses

Huge cheers inside Stamford Bridge as John Terry comes on in favour of Victor Moses.

82’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces James Ward-Prowse

James Ward-Prowse makes way for Shane Long.

81’

Fine stop from Forster

Chelsea break and Eden Hazard plays in N'Golo Kante who tries to dink Fraser Forster, but is denied by a the strong right hand of the Southampton goalkeeper.

76’

Chelsea substitution: Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma replaces Cesc Fàbregas

Antonio Conte introduces Pedro for the final 15 minutes of the match.

73’

Yellow Card for Dušan Tadić (Southampton)

Dušan Tadić shows his frustration and is booked for dissent. 

Photo by Naomi Baker

Keep going, lads 👊

Southampton are battling hard to find a way back into the game here at Stamford Bridge.

67’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Sofiane Boufal

First change of the evening here for Claude Puel, as Nathan Redmond replaces Soifane Boufal.

60’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Oriol Romeu picks up a booking for a mistimed tackle on Cesc Fàbregas.

57’

Tadić from distance!

Dušan Tadić cuts in from the right and drives a low left-footed effort at goal but it is deflected behind.

Costa makes it three

A short corner sees Cesc Fabregas chip a cross towards the back post which Diego Costa heads in from close range.

53’

Goal

Diego Da Silva Costa (53’) | Chelsea 3 1 Southampton

49’

Yellow Card for Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea)

Another booking for Chelsea - this time Cesc Fábregas puts in a late challenge on Oriol Romeu.

HT

Late header sends Saints in behind

Southampton go in one behind at the break, as Gary Cahill's header put Chelsea back in front after Oriol Romeu cancelled out Eden Hazard's early opener. 

Cahill powers in

Gary Cahill arrives late in the penalty area and heads a powerful effort into Fraser Forster's corner. Harsh on Saints.

45’

Goal

Gary Cahill (45’) | Chelsea 2 1 Southampton

40’

Yellow Card for N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea)

N'Golo Kanté is booked for a late tackle on James Ward-Prowse.

Celebrations all round 😇

The players enjoyed that equaliser as much as the travelling faithful did at Stamford Bridge.

35’

Kante bursts forward

N'Golo Kante bursts down the right flank but his initial cross is headed clear by Jack Stephens and then Saints stand firm to see off the subsequent pressure.

31’

Berty with the header...

Cedrić swings a deep cross towards the back post which Ryan Bertrand heads back towards Manolo Gabbiadini... but it's blocked at the crucial moment!

GOALSCORER 14 Oriol Romeu

Guess who's back? 😎

Manolo Gabbiadini cuts James Ward-Prowse's corner back across goal and Oriol Romeu taps into an empty net - we're level! 

24’

GOOOAL!!!

Oriol Romeu (24’) | Chelsea 1 1 Southampton

18’

Hazard chance to make it two

Diego Costa slips in Eden Hazard with a deft touch but the Belgian blasts his effort high and wide over Fraser Forster's goal.

Photo by Matt Watson

Looking for an opening 👀

Oriol Romeu brings the ball forward during the early exchanges against his former club.

13’

Saints regaining composure 

An extended period of possession here for Saints as they look to find a way back into this encounter.

Chelsea take the lead

Diego Costa lays the ball back for Eden Hazard who fires low into Fraser Forster's far post.

6’

Goal

Eden Hazard (6’) | Chelsea 1 0 Southampton

3’

Gabbiadini reacts quickest

Manolo Gabbiadini looks to toe-poke a loose ball inside the penalty area towards goal, but is denied by Thibaut Courtois who pounces on it.

0’

We're off!

Come on Saints! 😇

They are on their way....

It's a great atmosphere here at Stamford Bridge as the players make their way out of the tunnel!

19.42

Warm-up time 💪

The Southampton squad get ready for action at Stamford Bridge.

19.33
Photo by Naomi Baker

Pre-match stroll 😇

Claude Puel takes a walk across the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

19.23

We want to win. We know it will be difficult but we want to take points, as we do from every game.

Dušan TADIĆ
Southampton player
19.08
Photo by Naomi Baker

He's back! 👌

Who else is happy to see this man return for Saints? 

18.51

And the hosts...

Starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Fabregas, Diego Costa, Hazard.

18.48
Photo by Matt Watson

Here's how Saints line up...

Starting XI: Forster, Cedrić, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Boufal, Gabbiadini. 

18.47

What's the manager had to say? 🤔

Southampton manager Claude Puel gave us his thoughts ahead of tonight's trip to Stamford Bridge.

17.35

we know this team. it is a great team with a fantastic manager, but it's important to stay with a good focus about our game.

Claude puel
Southampton manager
16.58

CHE v Saints Line Ups

Chelsea

13
Thibaut Courtois (GK)
30
David Luiz
28
César Azpilicueta
24
Gary Cahill (C)
15
Victor Moses
John Terry (86′)
21
Nemanja Matic
3
Marcos Alonso
7
N'Golo Kanté
10
Eden Hazard
Willian (90′)
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Pedro (77′)
19
Diego Costa
22
Willian
11
Pedro
29
Nathaniel Chalobah
23
Michy Batshuayi
26
John Terry
6
Nathan Aké
1
Asmir Begovic

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
2
Cédric Soares
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand
11
Dusan Tadic
14
Oriol Romeu
16
James Ward-Prowse
Shane Long (82′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
19
Sofiane Boufal
Nathan Redmond (68′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
Jay Rodriguez (86′)
22
Nathan Redmond
4
Jordy Clasie
40
Mouez Hassen
7
Shane Long
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
12
Martín Cáceres
9
Jay Rodriguez

CHE v Saints Match Stats

Chelsea

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    48
    52
  • Shots
    17
    12
  • Shots on target
    7
    4
  • Corners
    6
    7
  • Passes Complete
    388
    427

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Shots On Target
1
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Chances Created
2
Cédric
Cédric
Passes Completed
67
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
4
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Clearances
5
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Saves
3
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster