Moses not left out as Giroud inspires Chelsea's comback win at Southampton

Annette Crawford
April 16, 2018

And he put the visitors in front when he pounced on a loose ball inside the area to drive into the bottom corner.

John Moss pointed to the spot after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Hugo Lloris but the challenge appeared to come outside the box, with Ilkay Gundogan making no mistake from 12 yards. However, they now enjoy a six-point cushion over Southampton thanks to a thrilling 3-2 win over Brighton at Selhurst Park with Wilfried Zaha scoring twice.

The victory rounded off a fine week for Liverpool, which sealed a Champions League semifinal against Roma by beating Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate. It was the Frenchman who did just that, meeting a perfectly weighted Alonso cross with his head and steering it past Alex McCarthy inside his near post to grab his first league goal for his new side.

It was only after Giroud's introduction in the 61st minute that Chelsea took charge, as the France worldwide scored twice either side of an emphatic Eden Hazard finish to wrap up an unlikely victory and leave Southampton languishing in the bottom three.

"I am at the best club in England in recent years because Chelsea have won more trophies than anyone else".

"Except for the 10 minutes when we conceded three goals, we played a very good game".

"I really wanted the team to bounce back in the second half and obviously at the beginning it was not what we expected, but in football you always have the chance to step up and bounce back".

The Blues traveled to St Mary's on the back of three successive away defeats in the Premier League and a home draw with West Ham the week before and in danger of finishing outside the top four for the second time in three seasons. Southampton failed to clear their lines as the Blues delivered cross after cross.

Chelsea scored three goals in eight minutes, including two from substitute Olivier Giroud, in a stirring second-half comeback from 2-0 down to beat relegation-threatened Southampton 3-2 in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud proved to be the catalyst for a remarkable fightback as the Blues came from behind to see off Southampton on a scoreline of 3-2 leaving Mark Hughes' side in deep relegation trouble. Huddersfield and Crystal Palace took full advantage with vital wins over Watford and Brighton to leave Southampton five points off safety.

Burnley's run to the Europa League continued with a 2-1 win over Leicester, with Chris Wood scoring early on against his former club, turning home the rebound after Ashley Barnes' initial shot had been saved. But Southampton felt that Alonso should have been sent off in the first half for raking his studs down Shane Long's calf. Chelsea have one back!

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