Premier League

  • E. Hazard 5’
  • G. Cahill 46’
  • Diego Costa 53’
  • Diego Costa 89’
  • 24’ Oriol Romeu
  • 94’ R. Bertrand
26/04/2017
Premier League
Stamford Bridge
Attendance 41,168

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 0'
      Southampton gave a good account of themselves, but ultimately the hosts proved too good for them. Thanks for joining us and have a great night!
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      FULL-TIME - Chelsea 4-2 Southampton: Conte's men open a seven-point advantage at the summit, piling the pressure on Tottenham ahead of their meeting with Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Costa's second-half double proved decisive, with Hazard and Cahill also finding the back of the net for the Blues.
    • 0'
      HALF-TIME - Chelsea 2-1 Southampton: Hazard gave the Premier League leaders an early lead, but former Chelsea midfielder Romeu cancelled that out midway through the first period. Saints put the hosts under regular pressure until Cahill's header sent the Blues into the interval with an important lead
    • 0'
      Chelsea get the ball rolling at the Bridge!
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      The teams are heading out onto the pitch, so we will be underway in just a few moments!
    • 0'
      Chelsea midfielder Kante has been given a great reception by the home fans while warming up, recognition for being named PFA Players' Player of the Year at the weekend.
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      Southampton have had a decent break since their last outing - a 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester City on April 15. Former Chelsea midfielder Romeu returns from suspension and replaces Hojbjerg in the first XI, and Claude Puel’s other switch sees Boufal start ahead of Redmond.
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      Conte has made four changes from the side that beat Tottenham at the weekend, with Cahill returning to the starting line-up after being treated for kidney stones. The front three has also been completely switched. Hazard and Costa are restored after what was a shock benching at Wembley and are joine
    • 0'
      Southampton substitutes: Mouez Hassen, Martin Caceres, Jordy Clasie, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Nathan Redmond, Jay Rodriguez, Shane Long.
    • 0'
      Southampton (4-2-3-1): Fraser Forster; Cedric, Jack Stephens, Maya Yoshida, Ryan Bertrand; Oriol Romeu, Steven Davis; James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic, Sofiane Boufal; Manolo Gabbiadini.
    • 0'
      Chelsea substitutes: Asmir Begovic, John Terry, Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah, Pedro, Willian, Michy Batshuayi.
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      Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill; Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Alonso; Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa.
    • 0'
      The teams have been confirmed, so let's take a look at how they will be shaping up.
    • 0'
      Europe is out of reach for EFL Cup runners-up Southampton, but securing a top-half finish will be their main priority in the closing weeks of the season. They have cause for optimism too, having won 3-1 on their previous visit to the Bridge.
    • 0'
      Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at the weekend was billed as a match that could have huge ramifications on the title race. The Blues triumphed 4-2 in a pulsating encounter at Wembley, but they will be keen to back it up with a victory tonight and stay comfortably on track for a double.
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to this live coverage of Chelsea versus Southampton at Stamford Bridge! With Tottenham not in action until Wednesday, tonight presents Antonio Conte's side with a chance to open up a seven-point lead at the Premier League summit and edge slightly closer to the title.
    • 2'
      David Luiz clips a nice pass up the middle for Hazard, who lays it off to Fabregas with a single touch before darting towards the box. The Spaniard attempts to dink the ball into his team-mate's path, but Stephens intercepts and Southampton clear.
    • 3'
      What's going on there?! Azpilicueta controls Cedric's cross with his thighs and leaves it for David Luiz to clear from just outside the six-yard box. The Brazilian hesitates, and Gabbiadini attempts to steal in and punish Chelsea but can't beat Courtois.
    • 5'
      G E. Hazard
    • 5'
      Costa showed brilliant movement to exploit the space behind the Southampton defence, as well as composure and patience to tee up Hazard.
    • 5'
      GOOOOOOOAAAL!! CHELSEA LEAD THROUGH HAZARD! Costa makes a run in behind Yoshida and is fed by an excellent pass down the channel from Fabregas as the Blues break. He holds the ball up before rolling it back to Hazard, who sweeps a fine finish across goal and into the bottom-left corner!
    • 5'
      Southampton are awarded a free-kick in a central position 30 yards from goal after Kante sends Boufal tumbling with a sloppy challenge. Ward-Prowse rolls it back to Tadic who floats a great ball to Stephens at the back-post. The centre-back connects with a tame volley that bounces straight into Cour
    • 7'
      It did not take Chelsea long to punish Southampton after Stephens failed to make the most of their set-piece. The goal has come early enough for the visitors to retain their gameplan and hope to find a route back into the match, though.
    • 9'
      Costa chases down a looping pass over the top but Forster comes off his line and stops the Spain international from latching onto it.
    • 10'
      STAT: Hazard has now scored 15 Premier League goals this season, his best return in the competition since joining Chelsea in 2012.
    • 12'
      Moses pushes forward for the first time this evening and rolls a lovely pass behind the defence for Costa, but the striker cannot get away from his marker and his shot is deflected behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.
    • 14'
      Southampton are starting to apply a bit of pressure on Chelsea, and they've not let them settle on possession inside their own half for the last few minutes. A cross from Boufal on the left is headed away by Cahill, before Tadic commits a foul that gives the Blues some relief.
    • 16'
      Cedric and Tadic combine down the right, but Hazard is tracking back and manages to gain possession for his side. The Belgian's effort earns him hearty applause from the stands.
    • 17'
      This is a decent spell for Southampton. They're moving the ball about nicely and working it into the box, although they're yet to test Courtois.
    • 18'
      HIGH AND WIDE! After Hazard cedes possession with a chance for Chelsea to break, a stray pass from Romeu affords them another opportunity. Costa cushions Fabregas' pass into the path of Hazard, who curls a shot way off target - it may have taken a little bobble before he connected.
    • 19'
      Matic gets on the ball for the first time around 25 yards from goal and the crowd shout 'shoot'! You can't blame them given his sensational strike against Tottenham at the weekend.
    • 21'
      Chelsea have put an end to the positive spell Southampton enjoyed and they are beginning to link up nicely inside the final third. The last touch seems to be missing at the moment, with Costa thwarted by Yoshida as he looks to spin in the box.
    • 23'
      Tadic does well to hold up the ball on the right before rolling it back to Boufal on the right-hand corner of the box. He attempts to guide a cross into the centre but David Luiz is there to head it away. Moses goes in hard on Bertrand after Southampton regain possession and move it out to the left,
    • 24'
      G Oriol Romeu
    • 24'
      GOOOOOAAAL! ROMEU RETURNS TO HAUNT CHELSEA! The free-kick is only half cleared and Davis sees his follow-up shot deflects behind for a corner. The delivery is flicked on by a touch from Azpilicueta at the near post and he inadvertently finds Gabbiadini. The Italian drills the ball back into the midd
    • 26'
      STAT: Chelsea have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League matches.
    • 28'
      Fabregas fires a powerful pass into the feet of Matic on the edge of the area but the Serbian is unable to control it, with the attempted clearance hitting him before going out for a goal-kick.
    • 30'
      Cedric and Boufal combine brilliantly down the right, but the eventual cross into the box is headed away by Moses. The wing-back looks to follow the ball and start a break, though Bertrand has other ideas and sends him to ground.
    • 32'
      Momentum really has swung back and forth in this first half. Southampton are in the ascendancy once again and Cedric floats a lovely left-footed cross to Gabbiadini at the back post. His knock-down is dealt with comfortably by the Chelsea defence, though.
    • 33'
      Ward-Prowse whips in a free-kick from a narrow angle which Courtois dives off his line to punch clear. Chelsea attempt a rapid counter-attack but Forster boots clear before Hazard can gain control of possession.
    • 35'
      The ball falls back to Matic, who bends a lovely shot just wide of the upright! A great spell for Chelsea there, but they've failed to make it count.
    • 35'
      MESMERISING FROM KANTE! A fantastic run down the right from the France international sees him get to the byline and pull the ball back into the middle. It's only cleared as far as Alonso, who drills it into Costa. The striker's touch loops up and he goes down under pressure from Stephens, who is not
    • 37'
      Costa controls a high ball excellently, with Hazard arriving onto it and shooting first time. He doesn't catch it sweetly, though, scuffing a shot straight at Forster.
    • 39'
      Southampton continue to pepper the Chelsea box with crosses. They're yet to get a positive touch on the end of one of them yet, but the pressure is certainly growing on the hosts.
    • 40'
      YC N. Kante
    • 40'
      David Luiz is penalised for a foul on Boufal 20 yards out, presenting Southampton with a great chance. Referee Lee Mason was playing the advantage, and he goes back to book Kante for a late sliding tackle on Ward-Prowse.
    • 42'
      Ward-Prowse goes for goal directly from the free-kick but his effort hits the wall before going behind for a corner. Tadic takes it and the ball bounces down off the back of Alonso, who only seems interested in holding his marker. Boufal thumps a powerful shot from an acute angle and only finds the
    • 43'
      WHAT A CHANCE! A rapid Chelsea break releases Hazard on the left-hand side of the box and he checks inside with a brilliant touch. He looks sure to curl an effort towards the bottom-right corner but instead plays the ball across the box for Fabregas, and the Southampton defence manage to nick it awa
    • 45'
      We are back underway for the second half!
    • 45'
      Kante wins the ball inside his own half and surges forward, drawing a foul from Tadic. Fabregas takes it quickly and eventually receives it back, bending a floater towards the back post. Alonso puts it into the middle with a scissor kick, although there is no blue shirt on the end of it.
    • 46'
      G G. Cahill
    • 46'
      Alonso's height has made him a real threat in the box this evening, and his header into the danger area proves crucial.
    • 46'
      GOOOOOOAAAAL!! CAHILL RETURNS WITH A HUGE GOAL! The corner is headed out by Romeu but Kante recovers and delivers a lovely ball to the right-hand side of the box. Alonso nods it into the middle and Cahill gets in ahead of an attempted bicycle kick from Costa, powering a header beyond Forster!
    • 47'
      There is the half-time whistle!
    • 48'
      Gabbiadini attempts to get the better of David Luiz down the left but is forced wide before the Brazilian pokes the ball out of play for a throw-in. Chelsea cannot afford to allow Southampton as much possession inside their half as they did in the opening period.
    • 49'
      YC Cesc Fábregas
    • 49'
      Fabregas slides in along the ground and Romeu manages to step between him and the ball, drawing a foul for which the Chelsea midfielder is booked.
    • 50'
      Gabbiadini slides a pass through the legs of David Luiz to feed Tadic on the right-hand side of the box. He cuts back and tries to tee up Boufal for a shot, though his ball doesn't get to him.
    • 52'
      Yoshida is penalised for sticking a leg through the back of Costa as he tries to control a pass from Alonso, offering Chelsea a decent opportunity from the left wing.
    • 53'
      G Diego Costa
    • 53'
      GOOOOOAAAL!! COSTA ENDS HIS DROUGHT! Fabregas and Hazard work a short corner neatly, with the former clipping a delightful cross to Costa. The striker outwrestles Bertrand to get his head on the ball, guiding it past Forster for a two-goal cushion.
    • 53'
      Fabregas has been the creative heartbeat of this Chelsea side tonight, and he's produced a delightful assist for Costa.
    • 53'
      Fabregas' delivery doesn't beat Ward-Prowse, but Chelsea keep the pressure on and Moses earns a corner when the ball ricochets off Davis.
    • 55'
      After failing to score in his last five outings in the competition, Costa now has his 50th Premier League goal.
    • 57'
      GREAT HIT! Tadic works some space for a shot outside the area on the right-hand side and he bends a dangerous cross-goal shot towards the opposite corner. Courtois gets down and stretches out an arm to push it around the post!
    • 59'
      Hazard breaks down the left and switches the play to Moses, making a late run on the opposite flank. He guides a pass into the box for Costa, who dummies it for Hazard, though the Belgian's touch is too heavy.
    • 60'
      YC Oriol Romeu
    • 60'
      Romeu goes into the book for a lunge on Fabregas near the half-way line. He can't have any complaints about that.
    • 62'
      Cedric guides in a dangerous cross from the right which forces Courtois to dive out and smother. Gabbiadini was lurking at the back post, so it's just as well he did intervene.
    • 63'
      Alonso makes a supporting run for Hazard and receives a cutback 20 yards out, drilling a powerful shot at goal that is held by Forster.
    • 65'
      Costa attempts to dribble beyond Stephens in the box but is shepherded away from the ball and ends up dropping to ground. Nothing is given by the referee, and Costa is quickly back to his feet to continue.
    • 67'
      Boufal gets caught in possession while trying a few too many tricks, and he is penalised for a tackle on Redmond. He looks to be struggling and may well be heading off imminently.
    • 68'
      SI N. Redmond SO S. Boufal
    • 68'
      Indeed, Boufal has been taken off with Redmond sent on to provide some fresh legs for Southampton.
    • 69'
      Ward-Prowse pings a free-kick from deep into the box that is nodded behind for a corner by David Luiz - he didn't seem to know who was around him there. The corner runs all the way through to Gabbiadini at the back post once again, though he is unable to produce anything from the tight angle this ti
    • 71'
      Costa and Hazard combine brilliantly, somehow working the ball between them despite being surrounded by red and white shirts. It is Costa who gets the final touch, which looks like heavy control rather than a shot which Forster smothers.
    • 72'
      Southampton aren't going away here. Tadic cuts the ball back for Davis from the left wing and the midfielder is unable to find room for a shot.
    • 73'
      YC D. Tadic
    • 73'
      Tadic is carded for a show of dissent, slamming the ball into the ground in anger at referee Mason's decision.
    • 74'
      Some silky football from Chelsea around the opposition box fails to come to anything positive, with Costa's touch slightly getting away from him. Matic makes a run to the byline and drills the ball straight into Forster's hands.
    • 77'
      SI Pedro SO Cesc Fábregas
    • 77'
      That's the end to a brilliant performance from Fabregas, who receives a standing ovation as he goes off to be replaced by Pedro.
    • 78'
      Gabbiadini attempts to bring down Redmond's cross from the left with a brilliant first touch on the spin, but he only sends the ball into the arms of Courtois. If he'd got on the end of that it would've been very special.
    • 80'
      KANTE!! A corner falls kindly for Davis 20 yards out, and his powerful effort is deflected wide by Cahill. Chelsea make a swift break after Courtois punches the next delivery clear, with Hazard sliding the Frenchman in on the right. He tries to dink a shot over the onrushing Forster, who gets enough
    • 82'
      SI S. Long SO James Ward-Prowse
    • 82'
      Long enters the fray at the expense of Ward-Prowse. The rapid Southampton striker will try to exploit the tiring legs in Chelsea's defence.
    • 84'
      Chelsea are keeping the ball inside Southampton's half now, making it difficult for the visitors to launch a late push to reduce the deficit. Conte's side clearly feel confident the job is done now.
    • 85'
      JUST WIDE! Pedro cuts in from the left and ignores the overlapping Kante to instead go for goal, firing outside of Forster's right-hand post.
    • 86'
      SI John Terry SO V. Moses
    • 86'
      SI J. Rodriguez SO M. Gabbiadini
    • 86'
      Puel has also made a switch, sending Rodriguez on in place of Gabbiadini.
    • 86'
      It's a first Premier League appearance since September for Chelsea captain Terry, replacing Moses. Azpilicueta has moved to right wing-back.
    • 87'
      Kante comes in from the right and passes to Matic, who takes a touch before drilling from just inside 25 yards. His shot takes a deflection and skids wide of the post, not quite matching his epic goal at Wembley!
    • 88'
      Redmond's long ball releases Long down the left, but his cross is cut out by Terry, who receives a big cheer from the Chelsea fans.
    • 89'
      G Diego Costa
    • 89'
      Pedro has been lively since coming on, and he's played his role in a move that typifies Chelsea at their fluid best this season.
    • 89'
      GOOOOOOAAAAL!! COSTA AT THE DOUBLE! That is a truly brilliant goal. Costa kick-starts a move from the left, playing a one-two with Hazard before doing exactly the same with Pedro. He takes a touch with either foot before firing inside the upright to wrap up the three points!
    • 90'
      SI Willian SO E. Hazard
    • 90'
      We are going to have a minimum of four minutes added time.
    • 90'
      That will be Hazard's final involvement, as he makes way for Willian.
    • 93'
      Another interception from Terry receives a huge cheer, while Conte applauds the crowd for their support across the night.
    • 94'
      G R. Bertrand
    • 94'
      GOOOOAAAL!! BERTRAND CUTS THE DEFICIT! A lovely in-swinging cross from the right by Rodriguez is met by Bertrand, who rises high to glance a header home that makes him the second former Chelsea player to score against the Blues tonight.
    • 94'
      That was a delightful delivery from Cedric, who has proved a danger when attacking.
    • 95'
      There is the final whistle! Chelsea take another step towards the Premier League title!
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Defender
    spain
    Marcos Alonso
    3
    Defender
    brazil
    David Luiz
    30
    Attacker
    spain
    Pedro
    11
    77'Substituted
    Attacker
    brazil
    Willian
    22
    90'Substituted
    Defender
    japan
    Maya Yoshida
    3
    Midfielder
    spain
    Oriol Romeu
    14

    SUBSTITUTES

    Midfielder
    england
    James Ward-Prowse
    16
    82'Substituted

    MANAGERS

    italy
    Maurizio Sarri
    austria
    Ralph Hasenhüttl

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 13 9
    Yellow Cards 2 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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