Premier League

Southampton 1-2 Chelsea

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Branislav Ivanovic heads in Chelsea's winner at Southampton
Branislav Ivanovic heads in Chelsea's winner at Southampton

Chelsea moved up to 11th after coming back from a goal down to beat Southampton with a late Branislav Ivanovic header.

Shane Long headed high for the home side but atoned when he pounced on a Baba Rahman blunder before clipping a shot over keeper Thibaut Courtois.

Diego Costa volleyed wide for Chelsea but the visitors equalised when a Cesc Fabregas cross crept in.

Chelsea finished strongly and Ivanovic headed in from a Willian corner.

Follow reaction to Saturday's games here

Hiddink comes out on top against Koeman

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink managed Southampton counterpart Ronald Koeman when the pair won the European Cup with PSV Eindhoven in 1988.

They later fell out over Hiddink's appointment as Netherlands manager in 2014, although both have said there were no hard feelings.

They shared a handshake and a few words before their teams competed in a fascinating match.

Southampton were initially on top but Chelsea showed they had the greater stamina and capitalised on the home side dropping back too much after the break.

Hiddink will not only be pleased with his side's desire and commitment but the fact they recovered from conceding against a team who had not let in a goal in six games.

The Blues remain unbeaten in the Dutchman's 11 league games since he took over from Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea's first goal came from a move down the left involving Kenedy (16), Fabregas (4), Eden Hazard (10) and Diego Costa (19)
Chelsea's first goal came from a move down the left involving Kenedy (16), Fabregas (4), Eden Hazard (10) and Diego Costa (19)

Do Southampton have cause for complaint?

Southampton had been unbeaten in six league games, including five wins, before this match.

Keeper Fraser Forster set a top-flight league record of going 667 minutes without being beaten when the clock reached 34 minutes at St Mary's and, when he did eventually let a goal in, it was in bizarre circumstances.

The assistant was flagging for a foul by Chelsea's Kenedy on Cedric Soares but referee Martin Atkinson overruled and Fabregas sent in a low curling cross, which Forster misjudged as it went across him and in at the far post.

"I don't understand that. The linesman is the closest to the situation. If it is a fault by Kenedy then you have to listen to the linesman. That's why you have linesmen - to help you," Koeman said.

When asked about his view, Hiddink said: "There are many duels and referees in England usually let a lot of duels go."

Koeman questions refereeing decisions

Man of the match - Branislav Ivanovic

Branislav Ivanovic
Branislav Ivanovic not only got the winner but did his bit in defence when called upon

Manager reaction:

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: "I think it was a deserved win for us. They haven't conceded in the last six, seven games so it was successful for us.

"We had a setback when we went 1-0 down - it was a present from our defence - but we did very well in the second half. We were well organised and then got the goals."

On replacing Baba Rahman, whose mistake led to Southampton's goal, at half-time: "I don't want to make a fake injury. I took him off because of the error. He has to cope with that. He was very down in the locker room about his mistake, but we have to make decisions like we did."

Hiddink encouraged by Blues display

The stats you need to know

  • Shane Long has scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since he did so for Hull City in February 2014.
  • Southampton have led in 10 Premier League home games this season, the joint-most along with Chelsea.
  • Fraser Forster conceded his first goal in 708 minutes of Premier League action.
  • Cesc Fabregas scored just his third goal in his 40th appearance this season and his first away from Stamford Bridge since scoring at QPR in April 2015.
  • Reigning champions Chelsea have won back-to-back games for the first time this season and the first time since May 2015.

What next?

Chelsea face another away trip as they travel to Norwich for a top-flight game on Tuesday (19:45 GMT), while Southampton are at Bournemouth the same evening.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 44Forster
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 17van Dijk
  • 6José Fonte
  • 21BertrandBooked at 64mins
  • 4ClasieBooked at 65mins
  • 14Romeu
  • 7LongSubstituted forPellèat 69'minutes
  • 8DavisBooked at 19mins
  • 33TargettSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 89'minutes
  • 28AustinSubstituted forManéat 79'minutes


  • 3Yoshida
  • 10Mané
  • 11Tadic
  • 15Martina
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 19Pellè
  • 22Stekelenburg


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 24Cahill
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 6BabaSubstituted forKenedyat 45'minutes
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 12Mikel
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forMaticat 90+3'minutes
  • 22Willian
  • 17PedroSubstituted forOscarat 7'minutes
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 63mins


  • 1Begovic
  • 8Oscar
  • 14Traore
  • 16Kenedy
  • 18Remy
  • 21Matic
  • 36Loftus-Cheek
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamChelsea
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 1, Chelsea 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Chelsea 2.

  3. Post update

    Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

  5. Post update

    Offside, Southampton. Cédric Soares tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic replaces Eden Hazard.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Matt Targett.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Southampton 1, Chelsea 2. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Oriol Romeu.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kenedy (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sadio Mané with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Costa.

  14. Post update

    Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Matt Targett (Southampton).

  16. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Kenedy tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Oscar.

  20. Post update

    Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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5West Ham271110641311043
6Man Utd2611873324941
13West Brom2798102734-735
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