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Chelsea 3 Saints 1
Updated 6:10pm Sunday 1st December 2013 in Sport
This live event has finished
- Chelsea storm back after half-time to defeat Saints
- Gary Cahill, John Terry and Demba Ba with hosts' goals
- Jay Rodriguez had put Saints in front after 13 seconds
- Artur Boruc and Morgan Schneiderlin both went off injured
Full-time at Stamford Bridge, and it is back-to-back defeats in the Premier League for the first time this season for Saints. Mauricio Pochettino's side are seventh in the table after 13 games of the campaign. Thanks for joining us today. We will have a report and reaction for you on the website soon. And we will be back on Wednesday night, with a blog from St Mary's, as Saints take on Aston Villa.
CHELSEA 3 SAINTS 1
CHELSEA 3 SAINTS 1 (Demba Ba 90)
That should finish the game off. Ramires curls in a cross from the right, and Ba slides in to poke the ball past Paulo Gazzaniga at the near post.
CHANCE (88 mins): Dani Osvaldo tries a side-footed half-volley from 20 yards, but the ball loops wide of goal.
Dani Osvaldo booked for a tackle on Juan Mata (85 mins).
CHELSEA SUB (84 mins): Fernando Torres is replaced by John Obi Mikel.
CHANCE (72 mins): After Jay Rodriguez is booked for dissent, Demba Ba misses a great chance to make it 3-1 for Chelsea. The striker latches onto a long ball, produces a superb touch to put him through, but drags his left-foot shot wide of the far post.
SAINTS SUB (67 mins): Morgan Schneiderlin, who appeared to pick up a groin injury, is replaced by Rickie Lambert.
SAINTS SUB (63 mins): James Ward-Prowse comes off and is replaced by Steven Davis.
CHELSEA 2 SAINTS 1 (John Terry 62)
Juan Mata swings in a cross from the left and John Terry glances a superb header across goal and into the far corner to put the home side in front.
SAINTS SUB (58 mins): Artur Boruc is forced off after injuring his hand during Chelsea's equaliser. He is replaced by Paulo Gazzaniga.
CHELSEA 1 SAINTS 1 (Gary Cahill 55)
Artur Boruc pushes a Frank Lampard free-kick over, but from the resulting free-kick Demba Ba deflects a Branislav Ivanovic header against the post, and the ball drops kindly for Gary Cahill to head in the rebound.
The second half is underway. One sub for Chelsea at the break, with Demba Ba replacing Michael Essien.
Chelsea 0 Saints 1
CHANCE (44 mins): Artur Boruc makes a stunning one-handed save to keep out Fernando Torres' header from Juan Mata's cross. Luke Shaw then hooks clear from inside the six-yard box.
CHANCE (41 mins): Chelsea's best chance of the half arrives as Fernando Torres digs out a cross from the right. However, Oscar's header from six yards out doesn't have enough power on it to beat Boruc. Oscar, who required treatment for a knock shortly beforehand, is then substituted for Frank Lampard.
CHANCE (40 mins): Adam Lallana cuts past Ramires just outside the area, but drags his right-foot shot tamely wide from a central position.
They've kept him quiet so far
Michael Essien booked for a clear dive in midfield (33 mins).
CHANCE (25 mins): Ramires fouls Dejan Lovren about 25 yards out, but James Ward-Prowse's free-kick is off target.
CHANCE (20 mins): Oscar fires in a swerving shot from just outside the area, which Artur Boruc is able to parry.
Jay Rodriguez scores the opener after just 13 seconds
CHANCE (10 mins): A superb change of pace from Fernando Torres sees him split Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin in midfield. He then knocks the ball past Dejan Lovren and looks set to go clear through on goal, only for Jose Fonte to make a crucial tackle.
CHELSEA 0 SAINTS 1 (Jay Rodriguez 1)
What a start! An absolute gift for Saints, who take the lead after 13 seconds. Michael Essien's slack backpass falls into the path of Rodriguez and he slots past Petr Cech for 1-0.
Referee Michael Oliver gets the match underway.
The teams are out here at Stamford Bridge. Just a few minutes until kick-off now. Stay with us throughout the game for updates.
The Saints and Chelsea teams head down the tunnel at the same time after completing their respective warm-ups.
Meanwhile there was a huge cheer that rung around Stamford Bridge - it came as a result of fans in the concourses seeing Hull go 3-1 up against Liverpool
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has had some kind words to say about Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino in his programme notes:
Today we face Southampton, who I am happy to say are managed by my friend Mauricio - a manager that I know well from my Spanish times, a person who I have always had a good relationship and, of course, I am happy with his good work in English football. From the first moment, I told him: "You are going to love it there," and we can all see how comfortable he is working in a club that trusts him and gives him stability, as well as the conditions in which to work and succeed. I praise Southampton Football Club, their board, Mauricio and, of course, their fans and players. Today we will have a difficult match, but for sure Southampton will have one of their most difficult matches of the season.Jose Mourinho
That's two changes to the Saints side that lost 2-0 to Arsenal.
Rickie Lambert is dropped to the bench to be replaced by Dani Osvaldo while Dejan Lovren is fit again and takes his place in the centre of defence with Jos Hooiveld missing out.
Jack Cork is on the bench in place of Harrison Reed.
CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Essien, Ramires; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.
Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Willian, Ba.
SAINTS: Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Wanyama, Schnedierlin; Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Rodriguez; Osvaldo.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Chambers, Cork, S Davis, Lambert.
Referee: Michael Oliver.
SAINTS SQUAD NEWS: Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino will welcome back Jack Cork and Gaston Ramirez as he takes his side to Chelsea. Cork missed the defeat at Arsenal with an ankle injury but is now fully fit whilst Ramirez is back in contention after also missing the 2-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium after a late return from international duty. Pochettino confirmed it is unlikely either Harrison Reed or Sam Gallagher will retain their places in the squad, with Guly do Prado a long-term absentee after undergoing knee surgery.
CHELSEA SQUAD NEWS: Striker Samuel Eto'o is to miss the clash with Saints and is expected to be out for two weeks with a groin injury. The Cameroon forward sustained the grade one tear in Tuesday night's Champions League loss at Basle and was replaced by Fernando Torres, who made his return from an adductor injury and could start at Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho rotates his options for the first of nine December matches. The Saints clash could come too soon for defender David Luiz despite his return to training from a knee injury, while midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is out with a knee injury, is a long-term absentee.
Hello and welcome to this afternoon's blog from Stamford Bridge, where Saints are taking on Chelsea this afternoon. Mauricio Pochettino's side start the day in seventh place, but will be looking to jump up a few positions in the table. They will have their work cut out against a Chelsea side that have never lost a home game in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho.
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