LIVE: Southampton vs Chelsea

LIVE: Southampton vs Chelsea

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Southampton are next in action against Leeds United on the road on Tuesday. Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League at the Wanda Metropolitano on the same day.

Southampton end a six-game losing streak in the Premier League, drawing 1-1 against Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium. Takumi Minamino put the home side ahead with a clinical finish, but they were pegged back in the second half when Mason Mount scored from the penalty spot. Jannik Vestergaard struck the bar, while Reece James blazed an effort over as neither side could produce the quality to find a winner.



90′ + 4′ Nlundulu replaces Redmond for the dying seconds of the match.

90′ + 3′ Vestergaard rises in the box, but he cannot make solid contact with his header as the Blues clear the danger.

90′ + 3′ Tella has a surge down the left flank and he sends a low cross into the box. Zouma has to stick out a leg and divert it behind for corner.


90′ + 2′ McCarthy tries to take time off the clock at a goal-kick and is booked for time-wasting.

90′ There will be three minutes of added time.

88′ OVER! Mount lines up a strike to nothing from distance, only to smash his strike comfortably over the bar.

88′ Mount once more probes down the left flank and he wins a corner for the visitors. Ziyech whips the set-piece into the box, but the Saints clear their lines.


85′ Ings is withdrawn for Adams in the final third.

84′ OVER! James blazes a great opportunity over the bar. Mount surges down the left flank and clips a perfect cross to the back post. James takes a touch and opens up his body to fire at goal, only to guide his strike over.

83′ Djenepo returns to the field after receiving treatment.

81′ Djenepo is brought down by another tough challenge by Jorginho. He remains on the deck after the incident.

Marcos Alonso

Yellow Card


80′ Alonso is caught out by a piece of skill by Djenepo and brings down the winger. He goes into the book for his challenge.

79′ Rudiger knocks the ball down from the resulting corner towards Azpilicueta, but the Spaniard is well offside as he tries to turn and shoot.

78′ Mount angles a dangerous cross in from the left flank, but Bertrand does just enough to edge out Ziyech at the back post.


76′ Tella replaces the goalscorer Minamino fo the Saints.


76′ Jorginho is on for Kovacic in the Chelsea midfield.


76′ Hudson-Odoi only arrived at half-time and has been withdrawn by Tuchel. Ziyech replaces the winger, who did not look injured.

74′ Hudson-Odoi breaks into the right inside channel again for the visitors, but his cross is repelled behind for a corner by Bednarek.

73′ OFFSIDE! Mount releases Hudson-Odoi down the right flank and gets the pass back from the winger. He curls a dangerous strike towards goal that McCarthy pushes away with a brilliant stop. The offside flag goes up late, but no one on the field knew that.

71′ OFF THE BAR! Chelsea clear the first delivery, but Redmond gathers and sends another cross into the box. Vestergaard stoops to attack the ball and his header takes a deflection and loops towards goal. It cannons off the bar, and although Ings reacts first to the rebound, he scuffs his strike wide of the left post.

70′ Kovacic sends a heavy pass back towards Rudiger and it travels past the German at speed to go behind for a corner.

70′ Ward-Prowse curls his cross into the box from the left corner, but Mendy makes a comfortable claim.

69′ Minamino sends Bertrand down the left flank and he angles his delivery towards Ings, but Zouma clears the danger behind for a corner.

66′ There’s no flow to Southampton’s game at the moment. Hasenhuttl may be considering a change to freshen up his team.

64′ The Saints are attempting to press the visitors high up the field to force mistakes, but the Blues are working their way around it for now.

62′ Mount has scored the fifth penalty goal conceded by Southampton in this season’s Premier League; only in 1993-94 and 2016-17 (both six) have the Saints conceded more goals from the spot in a Premier League season.

60′ Kovacic loses out to Djenepo and it allows Ings to find Ward-Prowse. The midfielder offloads down the right inside channel for Redmond, but Zouma holds firm to block off the forward and guide the ball out for a goal-kick.

59′ BLOCK! Alonso lines up the free-kick, but he can only smash his strike straight into the wall. He then gives away a free-kick for a high boot.

57′ Mount charges forward after receiving an offload from Kovacic. He skips past the challenge of Vestergaard, but is brought down by Ward-Prowse. Chelsea are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position.

56′ Ings runs at the Chelsea defence and offloads towards the run of Redmond, but he misplaces his pass by a fraction and it travels towards Mendy.


54′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! MOUNT CONVERTS THE SPOT KICK!!! 1-1!!!! Chelsea are back on level terms as Mount dispatches his strike into the bottom-right corner, sending McCarthy the wrong way. The Blues have their equaliser and will be pushing to forge ahead.

53′ PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Ings brings down Mount in the box with a poor challenge and the referee does not hesitate in pointing to the spot.

51′ Werner advances down the left and runs at Vestergaard in the inside channel, but he can only scoop his strike into the side-netting.

50′ Werner has space down the left flank and works a cross into the middle. Salisu reads the danger and clears with authority for the home side.

48′ Alonso breaks down the left flank and cuts a cross back to Werner, but the German fails to control the delivery. However, the Spaniard is flagged offside after the fact.

C. Hudson-Odoi

T. Abraham


46′ Abraham is withdrawn at the break for the visitors and is replaced by Hudson-Odoi. Werner will shift into the center of the attack.

46′ We’re back underway at St Mary’s Stadium.

Chelsea paid the price for their lack of clinical edge in the final third. The Blues worked the ball well in the Southampton half, but failed to trouble Alex McCarthy. Thomas Tuchel’s men can take hope from the fact that Wolves beat the Saints from an identical position last week, but Chelsea have to produce the quality in the second period.

Southampton take a 1-0 lead into the break in their Premier League clash against Chelsea. The Blues dominated possession, but the Saints produced the breakthrough courtesy of Takumi Minamino. Nathan Redmond played the Japanese through on goal and he provided a clinical finish. Ralph Hasenhuttl and his team are half way towards a vital result.


45′ + 2′ Werner charges down the left flank and works an offload towards Abraham. The forward does down under pressure from Salisu, but the referee waves play on.

45′ There will be three minutes of added time.

43′ VAR has a look at the challenge from Kante on Djenepo, but there’s no action taken against the Chelsea midfielder. However, it’s another sore one for the Southampton man.

42′ Kante has acres of space to roam in the Southampton half. However, he takes a poor touch and slides into Djenepo. The Saints wing-back is down on the field again.

41′ Southampton have been fairly solid at the back in the first half and are putting pressure on the Blues in possession to break them down. Tuchel and his team have had no answers so far.

39′ SAVE! Alonso clips the free-kick into the box for Zouma to attack with a powerful header. McCarthy has to react at his near post to beat the ball behind for a corner.

37′ Romeu clips Werner on the charge and gives away a free-kick in the final third. Werner in turn catches Djenepo on the way down, but the decision of the referee remains unchanged.

35′ The visitors need to respond to going behind. Southampton did take the lead against Wolves last week and fell to a 2-1 defeat, so there’s more than hope for the Blues.

34′ Minamino has scored three goals in his last five Premier League appearances, having scored none in his first 17 in the competition beforehand. He now has more Premier League goals in three games for Southampton (2) than in 19 for Liverpool (1).


33′ Redmond looks up and spots Minamino in space. He threads a perfect pass for Minamino to collect and score.


33′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! MINAMINO PRODUCES A CLINICAL FINISH!!! 1-0 SOUTHAMPTON!!!! The Saints take the lead against the run of play as Minamino finds the net. Redmond threads the needle to release the run of the winger between Azpilicueta and Zouma. He fakes a shot to fool Mendy and Azpilicueta on the slide. He then holds his composure to strike his effort with the outside of his boot past the Chelsea keeper into the net.

33′ Kante floats a ball over the top after dispossessing Minamino, but his delivery just evades Werner and travels to McCarthy.

31′ Kovacic wins the ball in the middle of the park from Redmond and feeds Werner down the left flank. The German sends a first-time cross towards Abraham, but Bednarek reads the danger and clears ahead of the forward.

29′ Rudiger collects and lines up a blast from distance, only to fire his effort straight into the arms of McCarthy.

28′ McCarthy is put under pressure at the back by Abraham, forcing him into an early clearance that he sends straight into touch away from Minamino.

25′ Southampton are yet to have a touch in Chelsea’s box, or a shot. Although Chelsea themselves have only had one shot so far.

24′ Alonso has a busy half of action as the Spaniard turns his ankle in the Southampton box under no contact from Bednarek. He appears to be okay to continue.

23′ Alonso continues to be in the action as he hangs a cross to the back post following a short corner, but McCarthy rises to pluck it out of the air.

22′ Zouma sends Alonso down the left flank with a searching long ball, but Djenepo gets back to divert his attempted cross behind for a corner.

21′ Mount bundles his way past Salisu amid a strong challenge and offloads to Alonso in space on the left. The wing-back places a low cross into the middle, but Werner fails to take the cross in stride.

19′ The Saints are starting to get a feel for the game. They’ve altered their system since the start, shifting to a 3-4-3 formation to match Chelsea.

17′ Werner has time to offload to Alonso in space down the left inside channel, but the German overhits his pass out for a goal-kick.

15′ Bertrand puts the squeeze on Mount down the Chelsea right flank. He tries win a free-kick, but the Saints only a receive a throw-in.

13′ There’s no way out for Southampton at the moment. Their defending well enough, but the home side have not been able to advance into the Chelsea half.

11′ Mount collects in a good position in front of goal 20 yards out, but he sends his offload to the wrong side of James. The Blues recycle possession, but Kante sees his cross claimed by McCarthy.

10′ Chelsea have enjoyed the better of the possession in the early stages and their confidence on the ball is evident.

8′ Werner tries to break past Salisu down the left flank, but the defender holds firm to win possession.

6′ CHANCE! James has acres of room down the right flank and he floats a cross towards Alonso in the left inside channel. The Spaniard lines up a strike on the volley, but he slices his effort wide of the right post.

3′ James sends a ball forward aiming for the run of Werner, but the ball skips off the surface and into the hands of McCarthy.

1′ We’re underway at St Mary’s Stadium.

Southampton have lost their last five home league games against Chelsea, their longest losing run against a specific opponent in their league history.

Chelsea have made four changes to their side from their win over Newcastle United. Mendy replaces Kepa between the posts, while Zouma gets the nod to start in the back three in place of Christensen. James and Kante also return to the side as Hudson-Odoi and Jorginho join Kepa and Christensen on the bench.

Southampton have made two changes from their defeat to Wolves last time out. Both are enforced as Kyle Walker-Peters and Stuart Armstrong are missing due to injury. Salisu, who replaced Walker-Peters last week, comes into the starting line-up at right-back. Djenepo gets the call to start on the right wing in place of Armstrong.

CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Billy Gilmour, Emerson.

CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner.

SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: Jack Stephens, Che Adams, Nathan Tella, Kayne Ramsey, Daniel N’Lundulu, Fraser Forster, Will Ferry, Alexandre Jankewitz, Kgagelo Chauke.

SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Alex McCarthy, Mohammed Salisu, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand; Moussa Djenepo, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Takumi Minamino; Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond.

Chelsea are back in form after reeling off five wins in a row under Tuchel. The Blues have surged back into contention for a Champions League place, although they cannot afford to rest on their laurels. They beat Newcastle United 2-0 last time out to move into fourth place in the table and have a real opportunity to press home their form against the struggling Saints.

The Saints are under pressure after losing their sixth-straight Premier League game on the bounce last time out against Wolves. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are under litle threat of relegation, but he will be determined to guide his side out of their dire run sooner rather than later. However, Southampton face a challenge to rectify matters amid an improving Chelsea side under Thomas Tuchel.

Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium.

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