Southampton-Chelsea,1st Ld-Writethru

Jose Verdugo
Abril 16, 2018

He barely managed to get a pass off to his right in the Chelsea box, finding Dusan Tadic for the game's first score.

Both sides have six games left to play - including the Blues' clash with Southampton - and Chelsea are now ten points adrift of their London rivals, who face the Premier League champions-elect Manchester City at Wembley in Saturday's late kick-off.

The Blues' pressure was relentless at this stage and it wasn't long before the sides were level.

BC-SOC-Southampton-Chelsea, 1st Ld-Writethru, 355Giroud leads Chelsea fightback in 3-2 win at SouthamptonAP Photo LLT813, LLT814, LLT811Eds: Updates with detail, quotes. I did not tell him that we are going to score, but I believed the first goal that we score maybe puts Southampton in a bad position and we succeeded to make it, and it is very nice for the team'. He then pulled the ball back to the waiting Tadic, who accepted the gift and rolled it into the back of the net. This is the best possible way for a player to show that he is a fantastic professional.

That lead did not last long, with Glenn Murray scoring from point-blank range against his former club to get Brighton back into the contest.

However, that was simply not to be, as super-sub Olivier Giroud came on in the 61 minute and scored a handsome goal in the 70 minute, before Hazard was able to equalize in the 75.

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The second half was less entertaining with no goals added, but the result was enough to take Palace six points clear of the bottom three.

Huddersfield rose to 14th thanks to an injury-time goal by Tom Ince while Jordan Ayew returned from a three-match ban to earn Swansea a draw against Everton.

After a boring 90 minutes against an out-of-form Hornets side, Ince hit the deciding effort to take David Wagner's side seven points clear of third-bottom Southampton.

Southampton then made it 2-0 on the hour-mark to leave Chelsea FC apparently heading towards another defeat, but goals from substitute Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard ended up claiming a 3-2 win for Conte's men. "There were three officials within five to 10 yards so how each of them missed it is a mystery to me".

The first half was a horror show from the Londoners, the second-half showed what they could do, when they put their collective minds to it.

The Blues face Burnley FC at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday at Turf Moor in Burnley, England. Early goals from Cris Wood and Kevin Long gave the Clarets a two-goal lead at half time.

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