Southampton 2-3 Chelsea: Olivier Giroud double inspires Chelsea comeback

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Chelsea scored three goals in eight minutes, from two goals down, to ensure a stunning fightback to shatter relegation-threatened Southampton at St Mary’s.

Antonio Conte’s side started the game poorly, as Southampton threatened with crosses from the left hand side early on.

The Blues failed to heed their opposition’s early warnings when Ryan Bertrand broke forward on the left in the 21st minute. The former Chelsea man continued his run all the way to the byline before cutting back for Dusan Tadic to tap home, giving his team the lead.

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A response was not forthcoming from the Londoners as their lacklustre performance continued into the second half. Debutant Jan Bednarek volleyed home from an exceptional James Ward-Prowse free kick to double the home side’s advantage.

However, two quick goals from Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard quickly changed the mood in the 70th and 75th minutes.

Giroud’s header from a Marcos Alonso cross and Hazard’s finish from a Willian pull-back changed the momentum of the game entirely, allowing the Frenchman to then slam home the winner with 78 minutes gone.

Chelsea saw out the victory to put a dent in Southampton’s hopes of Premier League survival.

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