Chelsea makes a great comeback to beat Southampton 3-1
Chelsea came from behind to beat Southampton 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, moving back to within four points of Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal in the process.
Jay Rodriguez netted an extremely early opener for the visitors, but headers from central defenders Gary Cahill and John Terry inside seven second-half minutes saw the Blues move ahead.
Demba Ba, a half-time substitute, secured the three points with a very good finish late on.
With just 14 seconds of the clash gone, the Saints took the lead. Michael Essien attempted to play a volleyed pass back to either Terry or Petr Cech but only succeeded in putting Rodriguez through on goal, and the attacker calmly passed the ball past the goalkeeper from 12 yards.
Chelsea were largely quiet for the first twenty minutes, and Southampton came close again when James Ward-Prowse fired a decent free-kick just wide of the near-post. Mauricio Pochettino’s side generally looked solid defensively and comfortable in possession.
The Blues, though, had two good chances to equalise in the minutes prior to the break, but were unable to covert either. Firstly, Boruc saved and held a header by Oscar from an excellent Fernando Torres cross, before the Spanish striker went close with a header of his own, as Boruc parried and Frank Lampard, who had replaced the injured Oscar, was narrowly unable to reach the rebound.
Chelsea finally found an equaliser in the 55th minute, with Gary Cahill firing in from close range after Southampton failed to clear a corner. Boruc was then subbed off for the Saints and replaced by Paulo Gazzaniga after picking up an injury in the build-up.
The turnaround was complete just six minutes later, this time John Terry’s header found the back of the net from a Mata cross, with the attack again starting from a Chelsea corner.
This quickfire double seemed to flatten Southampton, and they were killed off late on as substitute Ba added the third to seal the points in stoppage time.
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