Chelsea obtained a very important victory today at St. Mary’s stadium.
The Blues were able to beat Southampton with a winner scored by captain Branislav Ivanovic at 90′.
Southampton led the game until minute 75′ with Shane Long scoring in the end of the first half, then Cesc Fabregas equalised with fifteen minutes to go and, at the end, Ivanovic scored the winner at the last minute.
The game didn’t start well for Chelsea, that lost Pedro after only 5′ for an hamstring injury.
The Spaniard was replaced by Oscar and the match went on with Southampton going close to score at minute 17 with Charlie Austin after Oriol Romeu stole the ball to a careless Willian.
The English striker missed the goal for inches at minute 33′ after his shot was slightly wide.
Anyway S’oton didn’t have to wait too much for glory, as Shane Long took advantage of a Baba awful mistake at minute 42: he tries to head a pass across for a team-mate, but winded up playing Long through on goal, who could beat Courtois with a composed chip at the far post.
The first part of the game ended with Chelsea having not shot once at goal and the Saints leading 1-0 with merit.
The left-back was promptly substituted by Kenedy in the beginning of the second half.
Southampton seemed in control of the game but five minutes into the second half Eden Hazard almost scored with a shot that was not even half meter over the bar.
After three minutes is Diego Costa to miss the goal in the same way after a brilliant playing by Willian and Hazard, who assisted the striker.
Chelsea seem more determined in this second half and the game became a little nervous, with three yellow cards in a couple of minutes ( Diego Costa 63′, Bertrand 64′ and Clasie 65′) and Ivanovic risking a penalty on Charlie Austin at minute 71′.
At minute 75′ Chelsea equalise with a bizarre goal: Cesc Fabregas put a cross into the box from the left and the ball bounces just in front of Foster, that is surprised and don’t have the time to intervene.
Southampton now want to try to win the game and conceed dangerous spaces to Chelsea and at the end the Blues get their reward when Branislav Ivanovic, the captain, scores with a super header on a corner one minute before 90′.
It’s one of the most important goals of the season that give Hiddink‘s boys a crucial win: now Chelsea are 11th in the table, just five point behind the Europa League zone.
Southampton – Forster, Soares, V.Dijk, Fonte, Targett ( Ward-Prowse 89′), Bertrand, Romeu, Clasie, Davies, Austin ( Manè 79′) , Long ( Pellè 69′)
Unused Subs – Stekelenburg, Martina, Tadic, Yoshida.
Manager – Ronald Koeman
Chelsea – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba ( Kenedy 46′) , Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard ( Matic 90′) , Pedro ( Oscar 7′), Costa.
Unused Subs – Begovic,, Remy, Loftus-Cheek, Traore.
Manager – Guus Hiddink
Scorers: Shane Long 42′, Cesc Fabregas 75′, Branislav Ivanovic 89′
Yellow Cards: Davis 19′, Diego Costa 63′, Bertrand 64′, Clasie 65′
Referee – Martin Atkinson
Venue – St. Mary’s Stadium