Heartbreak for Saints

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 14 Apr 12.30PM | Attendance: 31,764
Match Report Highlights

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Saints vs CHE As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Southampton fall to cruel defeat at St Mary's
  • Saints let a two-goal lead slip as Blues score three times in quick succession
  • Jan Bednarek scores on his Premier League debut after Dušan Tadić opens the scoring
  • Olivier Giroud on target for the visitors either side of Eden Hazard's equaliser

we controlled 70 minutes of the game but we need to control the full 90. that's the lesson for us - to be focused for the whole game and stay compact. we need to stick together, take the positives from this game and improve what was wrong. i still think we have a big chance to stay up.

jan bednarek
southampton defender
15.06

Our report from St Mary's

For a more in-depth look at how the action unfolded, read our match report on today's game by clicking here.

14.37

FULL TIME: Southampton 2-3 Chelsea

It's a devastating defeat for Saints, who were well on course for a much-needed three points, as goals from Dušan Tadić and Jan Bednarek had Mark Hughes en route to victory in his first home game in charge. Instead, substitute Olivier Giroud halved the deficit, before Eden Hazard equalised and Giroud fired home his second 12 minutes from time. A very tough one to take.

+3’

Yellow Card for Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

It's a cynical tackle from Cahill, who is quite happy to take a booking for a crude foul on Long near the halfway line.

+1’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Jan Bednarek

It's a final throw of the dice for Hughes, who now has Long, Austin and Gabbiadini on the pitch.

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+1’

Five added minutes...

The fourth official's board is greeted by a roar from the Saints fans, who are nearly celebrating seconds later as Sims breaks through, only to be denied by Courtois.

88’

Courtois saves from Højbjerg

With three minutes to go, Bertrand's corner is met by Højbjerg, but his header is too close to Courtois. What can Saints produce in the closing stages? Time is not on our side now...

85’

Chelsea substitution: Victor Moses replaces Eden Hazard

Third and final change for Conte, who introduces Moses with the hope of seeing the game out.

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84’

Southampton substitution: Josh Sims replaces Dušan Tadić

It's a second change for Mark Hughes, as youngster Sims enters the fray.

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83’

Yellow Card for Willian Borges Da Silva (Chelsea)

Willian goes into the book for a foul on Højbjerg.

82’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces James Ward-Prowse

Now Saints desperately need a goal so on comes Austin, who has ten minutes to produce something special.

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81’

Yellow Card for Shane Long (Southampton)

Long lunges in on Pedro and receives a yellow card.

Giroud turns the game on its head

Quite incredible. Suddenly Saints find themselves behind, as they struggle to clear Hazard's cross and the ball drops kindly for Giroud to bury a low shot into the bottom corner that leaves McCarthy no chance.

78’

GOAL

Olivier Giroud (78’) | 2 3

77’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Romeu goes into the book for bringing down Alonso in full flight.

Hazard strikes the equaliser

That's a bitter pill to swallow. From a position of control, Saints have let a two-goal lead slip. Willian's quick feet buys the Brazilian time to produce a low cross, from which Hazard takes a touch and dispatches a clinical finish high into McCarthy's net.

74’

GOAL

Eden Hazard (74’) | 2 2

Giroud halves the deficit

Now Saints face a nervous last 20 minutes. Alonso crosses from the left and substitute Giroud powers a header into the bottom corner - just as he did in an Arsenal shirt at St Mary's back in December. Stand firm, boys.

69’

GOAL

Olivier Giroud (69’) | 2 1

We're midway through the second half...

Saints are three-quarters of the way there. Jan Bednarek's goal has given Mark Hughes's side a two-goal cushion at St Mary's. Still work to be done 💪

65’

Yellow Card for Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Chelsea's go-to man is the first Blues player into Mike Dean's book as the visitors' frustrations increase.

64’

Chelsea substitution: Olivier Giroud replaces Álvaro Morata

It's a straight swap up front as Giroud is summoned from the bench.

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64’

Chelsea substitution: Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma replaces Davide Zappacosta

Antonio Conte wastes no time in making a double change in response to Saints' second goal.

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GOALSCORER 35 Jan Bednarek

BEDNAREK SCORES ON HIS PREMIER LEAGUE DEBUT!

What a moment! Ward-Prowse delivers a deep free kick from the right that finds its way through to Bednarek at the far post, who finishes with a cool sidefoot volley! One to savour for the youngster!

59’

GOOOAL!!!

Jan Bednarek (59’) | 2 0

57’

McCarthy twice denies Chelsea 

The Blues are applying more pressure now. Hazard works a yard of space in the box to shoot towards the near post from a tight angle, but McCarthy gets down smartly, before Fabregas tees up Willian to strike low from 20 yards. This time the keeper is less convincing, but still pushes the ball to safety with Hazard lurking dangerously.

55’

So close to 2-0!

Chelsea have been in the ascendancy at the start of the second half, but Højbjerg's ball over the top releases Long on the counter. Despite losing his footing, the striker still keeps the chance alive and in the end his miss-hit shot loops into the air and forces a vital tip over the bar from Courtois with his defence stretched.

47’

Morata shoots over

The ball is laid off for Morata, but the striker sends an ambitious first-time shot sailing into the stand behind McCarthy's goal. Chelsea know they must improve in this second half.

46’

We're back under way!

Saints have kicked off and the action resumes at St Mary's. More of the same required! 👊

Relive the first half in pictures! 📸

Enjoy our best images from a great half for Saints, who lead at the interval thanks to Dušan Tadić's opener.

HALF TIME: Southampton 1-0 Chelsea

So far, so good. Saints lead at the interval through Dušan Tadić's 21st minute goal at St Mary's, created by a defence-splitting pass from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and a lung-busting run into the box from Ryan Bertrand against his former club. Chelsea have shown glimpses, but failed to create anything really clear cut. Keep it up, lads! 😇

+1’

Three minutes of added time...

After Saints defend Willian's free kick, Fabregas's shot from distance takes a looping deflection and drops wide. Then Christensen heads off target from a Hazard cross. And breathe...

44’

Long goes down injured...

Mark Hughes isn't happy, as play is allowed to continue while Long is down, and only stops when referee Mike Dean awards the visitors a free kick in dangerous territory. That will have to wait while the striker receives treatment.

42’

Yoshida heads wide

Having survived Chelsea's brief flurry, Saints are ending the first half on top. Ward-Prowse swings in a free kick from deep that Yoshida meets with a stooping header but cannot hit the target.

39’

Courtois denies Ward-Prowse!

Another Saints attack, as this time Ward-Prowse does get the ball and the opportunity to go for goal himself. He forces a save from Courtois down to the keeper's right, before Tadić pounces on the rebound only to be flagged offside. The Chelsea stopper denied him, too.

37’

Long tries his luck from distance

Saints have had to get through Chelsea's best spell of the half, but now launch a counter-attack as Hazard is dispossessed. Long leads the breakaway and uses the run of Ward-Prowse, as space opens up in front of the Irishman to shoot from 30 yards, but it sails harmlessly wide. More positive intent nonetheless.

29’

Crucial touch from McCarthy!

Willian's inswinging corner from the left is surely heading in, either directly or via the onrushing Christensen, but McCarthy gets the slightest touch in front of the Dane to keep Chelsea at bay.

28’

Morata heads over

Just as Saints look in command, Chelsea manufacture their best chance of the game. Kante delivers a deep cross nodded back across goal by Zappacosta and headed over by Morata, as Saints claim a foul that's not given.

26’

Long crosses dangerously

The ever-willing Long drifts out to the left and delivers a wicked cross that swings in towards the Chelsea goal and only just eludes the stretching Cédric. Saints are on top!

GOALSCORER 11 Dušan Tadić

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What a goal! Højbjerg's brilliant pass splits the right side of Chelsea's defence and releases Bertrand, who gallops into the box and holds off Azpilicueta with a barnstorming run, before keeping his composure to cut the ball back for Tadić to finish from six yards!

20’

GOOOAL!!!

Dušan Tadić (20’) | 1 0

18’

Chelsea free kick comes to nothing

Marauding wing-back Alonso is brought down and it's a set-piece from the left delivered by Willian, which skips up off the turf and runs through to the grateful McCarthy.

15’

McCarthy claims easily

It's a first corner of the game for Chelsea, who take it short and work the ball back to Fabregas, but his floated cross is straight into the arms of McCarthy.

10’

Cédric gets in the way

First decent opening for Chelsea, who temporarily find themselves two against two on the attack. Morata feeds Hazard to his left, who tries to cut inside and shoot, but Cédric intervenes with an important block.

7’

Saints on the front foot

It's been a positive start to Mark Hughes's first home game in charge. Bertrand and Tadić have both found promising crossing positions down the left, but just been found wanting with the final ball. No chances at either end as yet.

0’

And we're off!

Chelsea have kicked off and we're under way at St Mary's! Come on you Saints! 🔴⚪️

Here come the teams!

The players are in the tunnel and we're ready to go at St Mary's! Bring on the kick-off!

12.28

Warm-ups complete ✅

Less than 15 minutes to go! Nervous, Saints fans? 🤞

12.17
Southampton FC

B A C K H O M E 👊 #saintsfc

12.05

Half an hour to go! ⏳

We're continuing our countdown to kick-off as both teams go through their warm-up routines on the pitch here at St Mary's. Kick-off is in 30 minutes!

12.00

More of the same today, please!

Enjoy this collection of Saints goals against Chelsea... more to come this afternoon? 💭

11.53

Time to shine!

It's a first ever Premier League start for Jan Bednarek! The Polish defender replaces the suspended Jack Stephens in Mark Hughes's only change after Saints put in a spirited display at Arsenal last time out. Mario Lemina returns to the squad and is among the substitutes.

11.36

Chelsea team confirmed

Starting XI: Courtois, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Morata.

Subs: Caballero, Moses, Emerson, Bakayoko, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud.

11.33

Southampton team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cédric, Bednarek, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Højbjerg, Tadić, Long.

Subs: Forster, McQueen, Lemina, Sims, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Austin.

11.30

The players are here!

We're counting down to kick-off and the Saints squad have arrived to finalise their matchday preparations at St Mary's.

11.24

Watch Saints prepare for Chelsea

Catch the best bits from training at Staplewood, where Southampton have been putting in the hard yards all week in preparation for today's game against the reigning Premier League champions.

11.02

i'm sure through my experience, when i was a player here in similar circumstances in difficult times, the key thing from my point of view was the memory of how everybody pulled together and really drove us to where we needed to be, and i'm sure that will happen again.

mark hughes
southampton manager
10.38

One hour until team news ⏰

Who would you like to see come into the Southampton starting XI today? With Jack Stephens ruled out through suspension, there will be at least one alteration to Mark Hughes's line-up... find out at 11.30am BST.

10.31
Southampton FC

The faithful. #saintsfc

09.58

We're looking to get a little bit of momentum. we needed to get a good performance against arsenal, which i think we got, and confidence has not been diminished. it's a busy week - one that will test us - but we're all ready for the challenge.

mark hughes
southampton manager
09.24

Hughes previews Chelsea test

We caught up with Mark Hughes at Staplewood, as the Southampton manager looks ahead to his first home game in charge up against one of his former clubs...

09.22

Remember him?

To mark Saints' clash with Chelsea, we've delved through the archives to find the best bits from a selection of players who have played for both clubs. How many can you remember?

09.20

Welcome to Matchday Live!

We're back at St Mary's! After six weeks on the road, Southampton return to home soil for the visit of Chelsea in the Premier League. It's an early start, which means victory would lift Mark Hughes's side out of the bottom three and heap pressure on their rivals. As always, we'll have the build-up, team news, live match updates and free commentary, so stick with us! Kick-off is at 12.30pm BST.

09.17

Saints vs CHE Line Ups

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
6
Wesley Hoedt
35
Jan Bednarek
Manolo Gabbiadini (92′)
3
Maya Yoshida
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
2
Cédric Soares
14
Oriol Romeu
7
Shane Long
11
Dusan Tadic
Josh Sims (83′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
Charlie Austin (79′)
19
Sofiane Boufal
18
Mario Lemina
38
Sam McQueen
39
Josh Sims
44
Fraser Forster
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
10
Charlie Austin

Chelsea

13
Thibaut Courtois (GK)
28
César Azpilicueta
27
Andreas Christensen
24
Gary Cahill (C)
3
Marcos Alonso
21
Davide Zappacosta
Pedro (61′)
7
N'Golo Kanté
4
Cesc Fàbregas
10
Eden Hazard
Victor Moses (86′)
22
Willian
9
Álvaro Morata
Olivier Giroud (61′)
18
Olivier Giroud
15
Victor Moses
11
Pedro
8
Ross Barkley
33
Emerson
14
Tiemoué Bakayoko
1
Willy Caballero

Saints vs CHE Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Chelsea
  • Possession (%)
    42
    58
  • Shots
    10
    17
  • Shots on target
    7
    5
  • Corners
    4
    7
  • Passes Complete
    277
    420

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Shots On Target
2
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Chances Created
3
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Passes Completed
44
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
3
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Clearances
11
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy