Saints beaten by Chelsea

St Mary's Stadium | Sun 30 Oct 4.00PM
Match Report Highlights

Saints v CHE Match Centre

Saints v CHE As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Eden Hazard gave Chelsea an early lead
  • Diego Costa's second-half strike doubled the Blues' advantage
  • Sofiane Boufal on for Saints as a sub
  • Sam McQueen and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also introduced

FULL TIME: Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

A tough afternoon for Saints, who lose for the first time in six Premier League matches.

87’

Chelsea substitution: Michy Batshuayi replaces Diego Da Silva Costa

The Blues make their final substitution of the afternoon.

86’

Chelsea substitution: Branislav Ivanovic replaces Victor Moses

Chelsea make another change,a s the clock runs down.

84’

Austin's effort ruled out

Saints have the ball in the net, as Charlie Austin controls and fires past Thibaut Courtois, but it's chalked off for offside.

83’

Forster to the rescue again

Victor Moses sends in a fierce left-footed strike from the edge of the box, but Fraser Forster is able to parry it away.

77’

Southampton substitution: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces Dušan Tadić

It's a final change of the day for Southampton.

77’

Southampton substitution: Sam McQueen replaces Ryan Bertrand

Saints make their second change of the afternoon.

76’

Chelsea substitution: Willian Borges Da Silva replaces Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma

Chelsea make their first change of the afternoon.

76’

Off the bar!

Cuco Martina's cross from deep is met by Steven Davis, but his looping header, which took a slight deflection, hits the top of the crossbar and goes behind.

72’

Forster keeps out Hazard again

Chelsea's Belgian star continues to be a huge threat, cutting onto his right foot again in the area, but Fraser Forster makes another good stop, low to his left, to deny him.

Saints facing a battle

It's been a tough afternoon so far for Southampton. Can they get a goal that would bring them back into this match?

68’

Austin threatens to reduce the deficit

Charlie Austin rises to meet Ryan Bertrand's left-wing cross, but he can only direct his header a yard or two over the bar.

60’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Jordy Clasie

Boufal enters the fray. Can he bring Saints back into this one?

Costa's thunderbolt doubles Chelsea's lead

Diego Costa cuts onto his right foot 20 yards out and unleashes a sensational strike that rockets into the far corner, giving Fraser Forster no chance.

55’

Goal

Diego Da Silva Costa (55’) | Southampton 0 2 Chelsea

49’

Fonte saves a certain goal

José Fonte slides in to somehow divert Marcos Alonso's low ball across the face of goal wide, just before Eden Hazard can complete a simple tap-in.

46’

Second half is under way!

We're back in action, with no changes from either side.

First-half action

View some of the best images from the opening 45 minutes at St Mary's.

HALF-TIME: Southampton 0-1 Chelsea

Eden Hazard's early goal is enough to separate the sides at St Mary's.

Romeu up against his former club

Oriol Romeu is an action today against the side Southampton signed the midfielder from.

41’

Forster denies Costa

Diego Costa breaks away down the inside-right and races into the area, but Fraser Forster makes an excellent save to keep out his low shot.

38’

Hazard close to a second

Eden Hazard cuts onto his right foot just outside the area and sends in a well-struck shot, but Fraser Forster is able to get down to make the save.

28’

Tadić draws save from Courtois

Saints win a free-kick 25 yards out, with Dušan Tadić sending in a low, skidding shot, but Thibaut Courtois gets down well to push it round the post.

Chelsea celebrate Hazard's opener

The visitors wheel away in celebration after Eden Hazard's early strike.

13’

Austin off-target

Charlie Austin meets Steven Davis's in-swinging free-kick from deep, but he gets his angles wrong and heads wide of goal.

Hazard fires Chelsea in front

Eden Hazard gets some space in the area, cuts back onto his left foot and beats Fraser Forster at the near post.

5’

Goal

Eden Hazard (5’) | Southampton 0 1 Chelsea

5’

Romeu fires in a shot from distance

Oriol Romeu hits a fierce left-footed shot from 25 yards, but his effort flies over.

2’

KICK-OFF

We're under way at St Mary's!

it's going to be a very tough game, because chelsea are full of confidence as well, but a win here would be massive for us.

José fonte
southampton captain
15.39

Bertrand's back!

Ryan Bertrand returns to the Saints team today, following a four-week injury absence, as he replaces Sam McQueen in the starting line-up.

15.30

it's a good game for us against an impressive team. they have great players and a great team. but we have possibilities to play a good game and get a good result.

claude puel
southampton manager
15.29

Chelsea side announced

Starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill (C), Moses, Kante, Matić, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begović, Ivanović, Terry, Chalobah, Oscar, Willian, Batshuayi.

15.06

Southampton team confirmed

Starting XI: Forster, Martina, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, Clasie, Davis, Redmond, Tadić, Austin.

Subs: Taylor, Yoshida, McQueen, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Olomola, Boufal.

15.03

Martina previews Chelsea showdown

Get the thoughts of Southampton defender Cuco Martina ahead of the clash with the Blues.

14.29

All smiles on arrival

The Saints players were in high spirits as they arrived at St Mary's today.

14.11

Saints players arrive for Chelsea clash

Watch as the Southampton players made their way into St Mary's for this afternoon's game.

13.24

Special Halloween magazine on sale today!

You may have already seen the cover of our special Halloween edition of Saints, featuring a spooky Oriol Romeu. Order a copy at saints magazines.co.uk if you can't make the game!

13.11

Puel's pre-match interview

Get the thoughts of Saints boss Claude Puel ahead of the showdown with Chelsea.

13.07

Matchday!

Saints are back in Premier League action today, as they host fellow in-form side Chelsea. We'll be with you throughout the day with build-up, team news, match updates and reaction.

13.03

Saints v CHE Line Ups

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
Sam McQueen (78′)
15
Cuco Martina
17
Virgil van Dijk
6
José Fonte (C)
11
Dusan Tadic
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (78′)
14
Oriol Romeu
4
Jordy Clasie
Sofiane Boufal (61′)
8
Steven Davis
10
Charlie Austin
22
Nathan Redmond
3
Maya Yoshida
16
James Ward-Prowse
19
Sofiane Boufal
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
38
Sam McQueen
28
Stuart Taylor
32
Olufela Olomola

Chelsea

13
Thibaut Courtois (GK)
30
David Luiz
28
César Azpilicueta
24
Gary Cahill (C)
15
Victor Moses
Branislav Ivanovic (87′)
21
Nemanja Matic
3
Marcos Alonso
7
N'Golo Kanté
10
Eden Hazard
11
Pedro
Willian (78′)
19
Diego Costa
Michy Batshuayi (89′)
1
Asmir Begovic
2
Branislav Ivanovic
22
Willian
8
Oscar
29
Nathaniel Chalobah
23
Michy Batshuayi
26
John Terry

Saints v CHE Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Chelsea
  • Possession (%)
    55
    45
  • Shots
    10
    13
  • Shots on target
    1
    7
  • Corners
    7
    3
  • Passes Complete
    408
    325

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Chances Created
3
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Passes Completed
57
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Tackles
6
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
4
José Fonte
José Fonte
Saves
5
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster