E Hazard (30),R Barkley (57),Á Morata (90+3)
So'ton vs Chelsea
2:15pm Sunday 7th October
St. Mary's Stadium
SO'TON 0-3 CHELSEA
FT: Impressive yet again from Chelsea. They controlled this game and scored at the right times. Barkley set up one and scored one while Hazard was at his usual high level - he netted as did Morata late on. Southampton always carried a threat but their finishing let him down. Ingsparticularlywasteful. Stay tuned for highlights.
GOAL! SO'TON 0-3 CHELSEA (Morata, 90+3)
That'll do his confidence a world of good - it caps a near perfect away performance for Chelsea.
Hazard wriggles into space and flicks a wonderful ball through. Morata stays cool and lifts the ball over McCarthy. Nice finish.
SO'TON 0-2 CHELSEA
90+2: SHOT! Ings receives the ball inside the area and has space to shoot. He probably takes one touch too many which allows Luiz back in to block his effort away.
89: YELLOW! Naughty from Ings. He slides in late to completely wipe out Kovacic, who takes a hefty blow on the back of shin. Hazard wants further action but it's just a yellow.
87: Chelsea have the ball back now after that mini-wave of pressure.
CHANCE! A corner towards the back post finds Rudiger powering in...but he can't force anything towards goal that is going to test McCarthy.
85: CHANCE! Southampton have created plenty of openings despite not seeing much of the ball. A corner drops to Hoedt at the back post and he takes on the half-volley....skies it into the crowd.
84: SAVE! Kepa called into action once more. Ings finds space about 20 yards out and bends one towards the top corner. Kepa gets across quite comfortably and makes a flying save to help the ball over the crossbar.
81: CHANCE!! Hazard breaks. He waits for Morata to run in behind and threads a ball through. He's only got McCarthy to beat but tries to be too clever and give him eyes. McCarthy reads it and gets a strong hand behind it to push it clear.
79: CROSSBAR!! Out of nothing, Redmond punts an effort from 30 yards that swerves all over the place. Kepa gets a hand to it to deflect it onto the woodwork and over the bar. Top save!
77: Redmond breaks free in midfield to kick-start a counter. Lemina finds himself one-on-one with Alonso but cuts back inside and the opening is lost.
SUB! Gabbiadini is replaced by Long.
75: SUB! Willian is replaced by Pedro. The game has gone very flat.
72: Southampton are struggling to get the ball here. Chelsea - orchestrated by Jorginho - are bossing this game.
69: SUB! Morata replaces Giroud, who has once again failed to trouble the scorers but has played a vital role.
67: CHANCE!! A long ball into the box is half-cleared but only to Hojberg about 15 yards out. He meets it on the run....but Luiz gets out quickly to meet him and bravely blocks the ball away.
64: YELLOW! Frustrations starting to show. Hojbjerg hauls down Giroud from behind. Clear booking.
61: No real response from Southampton. A couple of long balls have sailed straight through to Kepa.
If the score remains the same, Chelsea will be going top of the league - for now.
GOAL! SO'TON 0-2 CHELSEA (Barkley, 57)
This will be hard for Southampton to take. Chelsea double their lead - what a week for Barkley! He's made one and scored one.
A free-kick is chipped towards the back post and Giroud is in acres. He scissor-kicks an effort across goal which leaves the Saints back four out of the game. Barkley reads it and bundles home from close range.
SO'TON 0-1 CHELSEA
56: Southampton are the ones carrying the threat now. Redmond cuts in from the left and looks for Ings at the back stick.....Alonso leaps to head the ball clear.
53: CHANCE!! Chelsea are opened up yet again. Redmond drives down the left and squares a ball to Ings about 18 yards out. His first touch creates space and fires a quick-fire shot that is straight at Kepa. Better.
50: CHANCE!! Again, Southampton open up their opponents despite having hardly any of the ball. Hojbjerg picks out a stunning 40-yard cross towards the back post. Hazard goes to sleep and Bertrand wanders in....he tries a first-time effort from 12 yards but balloons it over the crossbar.
48: SHOT! Chelsea knocking the ball around very stylishly still. Willian moves off the left and curls an effort from 20 yards. McCarthy holds on well.
46: Here we go. One change for Southampton: Bednarek off, Romeu on. Looks like they'll be switching systems.
HT: Chelsea are in full control here. They’ve had 77 per
cent possession, won 10 corners and got the all-important goal through Hazard after
some strong work from Barkley. Saying that, Southampton had a promising five
minute spell and Ings missed a sitter from three yards. See you in 15.
45: One minuted added on. Bertrand beats his man down the left and is pulled back by Giroud. One last chance to load the box. There's confusion about where the free-kick should be taken from and Bertrand gets a booking for his complaints.
The ball comes in...and is headed clear.
43: CHANCE! From corner number 10, the ball drops to Alonso at the back stick. He tries a hooked volley which loops a few yards wide. Southampton could do with half-time here.
42: You can see Mark Hughes berating his players from the touchline. He wants them to get tighter. This is like a practice match at the moment for Chelsea.
39: SHOT! Kante bursts into the box down the right and is pulled back by Bertrand. He decides to stay on his feet. He then rolls a cross in which Hazard attempts a shot from but it's deflected wide for corner number NINE already.
37: SHOT! Redmond has done well pressing the Chelsea midfield and he wins a tackle to set up a break. It's a three-on-three and he finds Gabbiadini. From 30 yards, rather selfishly, tries to take on the shot....it swerves but it's an easy take for Kepa.
35: Southampton are flat. That five-minute spell of pressure was a key moment - you feel they needed to score then as Chelsea are so good at controlling games. Since the goal, they've hardly a kick.
32: Barkley again makes a purposeful forward run into the box. The ball doesn't quite sit for him and Yoshida comes across to make the challenge.
GOAL! SO'TON 0-1 CHELSEA (Hazard, 30)
Chelsea punish that Ings miss....this is all about Barkley.
He wins the ball back in midfield, gets his head up and plays in Hazard who had made a perfect run. He doesn't waste the opening, tucking it away in confident style. His seventh of the season.
SO'TON 0-0 CHELSEA
28: PENALTY APPEAL...NOT GIVEN! Chelsea break away with Hazard. He releases Giroud into the box and Hoedt comes sliding in. Giroud gets there first and nicks the ball away. Giroud then instigates the contact by connecting with Hoedt and hits the deck. Tough one for the referee.
26: WHAT A MISS!!!! So much better from Southampton. Lemina and Hojbjerg are getting into this match. Bertrant flies down the left and sends in a sensational ball....Ings meets the cross from three yards out - at full-stretch - and somehow rockets it over the crossbar. He can't believe it!
24: SHOT! Southampton keep the pressure on. Gabbiadini - playing as a right winger - comes off the wing and fires an effort from 22 yards. Kepa holds on.
23: COUNTER! Redmond gets his team going down the left. He sends Ings into the box and his cross towards the back post almost is finished by Lemina. Alonso did just enough.
22: Ings flicks clear a near-post corner but Luiz boots down the right and his cross is scrambled behind. Corner number six is half-cleared but Chelsea recycle and come again. Southampton have had 15 per cent of the ball.
20: Chelsea are causing panic for the Saints back-line in the final third. Willian nearly gets half-a-yard to shoot but finds Hazard. His cross is headed away by Bednarek. Another corner coming in - their fifth already.
18: SHOT! Super move. Willian plays some slick passing through midfield. The ball gets set back to Barkley on his right-foot from 25 yards. He's capable....but he curls it miles over the bar.
16: So far Chelsea have passed the ball brilliantly. Southampton can't get near them. They've enjoyed 84 per cent of the ball. One-way traffic.
13: Southampton nick the ball from Kante and try to break with Redmond - he has Bertrand on the overlap but his ball is poor. Chelsea start to build again.
11: Constant pressure here on Southampton - this could be a long afternoon for them. Willian sprints down the left and wins Chelsea's third corner. Barkley flicks it on but Lemina thrashes it clear. Chelsea regain the ball and come again....
9: CHANCE! Here he is. Hazard is found in space by Willian and he motors at the centre-backs. He gets into the box but Bednarek gets a decisive block in. Willian picks up the loose ball about 15 yards out and his effort takes a wicked nick off Yoshida and loops just over the bar, flicking the crossbar.
7: Jorginho is fascinating to watch. He's constantly ordering his team-mates all over the pitch. It's like having a player-manager on the pitch.
CORNER! Chelsea enjoy some good territory and win a corner down the left. Luiz goes up at the back stick but McCarthy tips the ball away.
4: Better from Saints. Gabbiadini links with his midfield and almost gets in behind. Luiz makes an important headed clearance. The Saints striker looks up for this.
2: Chelsea go long from kick-off and set up camp in Southampton territory. Hazard half-volleys a cross into the middle which is gathered by McCarthy.
1: KICK-OFF! Here we go. Chelsea in their white away kit get the game going. Saints in their traditional colours.
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