Jannik Vestergaard headed in a dramatic injury-time equaliser as Southampton pegged again Chelsea to assert some extent in a Premier League thriller at Stamford Bridge.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s aspect seemed to be heading for defeat however Danish defender Vestergaard was in the appropriate place to flick residence a Theo Walcott shot from the sting of the world.
Chelsea had been in management at 2-0 up by means of two very good Timo Werner targets – the primary courtesy of a chic dummy which bamboozled Jan Bednarek earlier than drilling in, and the second as he lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and nodded residence.
When it regarded just like the hosts had been cruising, Southampton hit again as Danny Ings went spherical keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to complete and Che Adams punished dire Chelsea defending to smash residence an equaliser.
The Blues responded simply 121 seconds later with Werner sliding the ball throughout the field for compatriot Kai Havertz to transform a simple end which gave the impression to be the winner, however Vestergaard’s late effort sealed a draw.
Chelsea’s defensive frailties show pricey
Regardless of a top-four end final season, the issues for Frank Lampard’s aspect had been apparent – weak on the again, they paid a heavy worth for his or her frailties in opposition to Southampton.
Chelsea conceded 54 targets final time period, greater than every other staff that completed within the prime 10, however a heavy spending spree in the summertime invested extra in attacking additions than defensive reinforcements.
The skilled Thiago Silva, introduced in on a free after leaving Paris St-Germain, missed out and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy suffered an harm on worldwide obligation with Senegal.
It meant the error-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga was again in purpose and his contribution for Southampton’s second purpose was removed from spectacular, however he may do nothing about their equaliser.
The house aspect did not capitalise on champions Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Everton earlier on Saturday, with them lacking out on the possibility to go second and as an alternative staying sixth.
However whereas they work on resolving their backline issues, they may don’t have any issues going ahead with the hearth energy they possess.
Prolific striker Werner regarded like heading to champions Liverpool however the switch didn’t materialise and he showcased why Chelsea had been fast to pay £54m for the RB Leipzig man.
Werner, who scored 34 targets final season, was a continuing menace for the Saints backline, his low centre of gravity permitting him to shift left and proper, bringing in regards to the first purpose.
He had his again to purpose a great distance, however his step-over and dart left Bednarek trailing and, regardless of having work to do with three defenders and the goalkeeper in attendance, Werner slipped a cool end into the underside nook.
Werner precipitated issues for a similar defender for the second purpose, holding off the towering Bednarek from Jorginho’s raking move, calmly lofting the ball over the advancing McCarthy and heading in from shut vary.
Chelsea’s harmful trio of attackers mixed for the third as Christian Pulisic discovered Werner’s run into the field and he moved it on for Havertz’s first league purpose.
With Hakim Ziyech making his debut off the bench within the remaining 18 minutes, in addition to the choices of Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi out there to Lampard, Chelsea won’t have issues scoring targets.
It’s on the again the place they continue to be most weak.
Walcott sends reminder of abilities
Southampton began the season poorly with back-to-back defeats however have responded in wonderful vogue by selecting up two victories and a draw.
They had been outplayed for big components by Chelsea’s vibrant offence however Hasenhuttl can be delighted with them sustaining their unbeaten run so late within the day.
The guests punished Chelsea’s particular person errors for his or her first two targets, Adams selecting off Havertz within the remaining third, slotting the ball by means of to accomplice Ings to complete.
And it was Adams’ business which noticed him web, harrying Kurt Zouma right into a backpass which offered Arrizabalaga quick, although the goalkeeper ought to have carried out higher to clear it, permitting the Southampton striker to maintain the ball in play and smash into the online.
In the meantime, Walcott, who was the membership’s youngest first-team participant at 16 years previous, returned to Southampton on mortgage from Everton, 14 years after leaving to hitch Arsenal.
The previous England worldwide light on the Toffees and was nameless for a lot of this contest, however sprang to life within the second half to remind folks what he’s nonetheless able to.
The 31-year-old burst ahead with tempo and laid the ball off for Adams, who drilled extensive and it was his move to Ings which compelled Arrizabalaga into a very good save.
Walcott stayed alert within the 92nd minute, drilling a half-cleared nook again into the hazard zone for Vestergaard to stoop and earn a draw.
- 21ChilwellBooked at 48mins
- 10PulisicSubstituted forJamesat 87′minutes
- 19MountSubstituted forZiyechat 72′minutes
- 11WernerSubstituted forAbrahamat 90′minutes
- 6RomeuBooked at 84minsSubstituted forDialloat 87′minutes
- 11RedmondSubstituted forTellaat 77′minutes
- 10AdamsSubstituted forLengthyat 86′minutes
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Match ends, Chelsea 3, Southampton 3.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Southampton 3.
Try missed. Theo Walcott (Southampton) proper footed shot from exterior the field misses to the left. Assisted by Ibrahima Diallo.
Nook, Southampton. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.
Purpose! Chelsea 3, Southampton 3. Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) header from the centre of the field to the underside left nook. Assisted by Theo Walcott following a set piece scenario.
Try missed. Theo Walcott (Southampton) proper footed shot from the appropriate aspect of the field misses to the left following a set piece scenario.
Foul by Reece James (Chelsea).
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Chelsea. Tammy Abraham replaces Timo Werner.
Foul by Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).
Shane Lengthy (Southampton) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Chelsea. Reece James replaces Christian Pulisic.
Substitution, Southampton. Ibrahima Diallo replaces Oriol Romeu.
Substitution, Southampton. Shane Lengthy replaces Che Adams.
Kai Havertz (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).
Oriol Romeu (Southampton) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).
Try saved. Danny Ings (Southampton) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Theo Walcott.