Chelsea comeback from 2-goal deficit to beat Southampton

14 April, 2018, 20:19 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Eden Hazard Chelsea West Ham Premier League

Ryan Bertrand's bursting run down the left-hand side from the half way line exposed C├ęsar Azpilicueta who was out-paced and out-muscled in the penalty box, allowing Tadic to be teed up for a simple finish on the six-yard line.

But Giroud showed what he is capable of with a courageous near post header from Alonso's pinpoint cross to get Chelsea back in the game with his first league goal for the club and spark an incredible fightback 20 minutes from time.

"After the first half I was very disappointed, but I'm the first to take responsibility, because I'm the coach of this team".

Meanwhile, Southampton manager Mark Hughes was unhappy that Marcos Alonso had escaped a red card after a high boot caught Shane Long on the back of his calf at the end of the first half.

Giroud and Pedro came on right after Chelsea went 2-0 down which was the start of Chelsea's comeback.

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As a panicked Southampton reeled, Giroud pounced again to complete the fightback, chesting down Alonso's header and finding the bottom corner.

With a top four finish looking increasingly unlikely, Conte will be looking forward to seeing his team finish the season properly and look to get three points against a team fighting to survive in the Premier League.

Despite Chelsea appearing to be out of the contest, an eight minute blitz of quality turned the games on its head, as the Blues clinched victory from the jaws of defeat following an inspired substitute appearance from Giroud. One of them should have.

It was only after Giroud's introduction in the 61st minute that Chelsea took charge, as the France worldwide scored twice either side of an emphatic Eden Hazard finish to wrap up an unlikely victory to leave Southampton in the bottom three.

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