- English Barclays Premier League
- 16 January 2013, 7:45pm
- Stamford Bridge
- Attendance: 38,484
90 mins:FULL TIME: CHELSEA 2-2 SOUTHAMPTON
89 mins:Torres plays the ball towards the back post, where Cole is lurking, but it just drifts out of play at the final moment.
89 mins:The ball almost falls for Gary Cahill to take the shot on, but Southampton have enough men back to thump the ball clear.
87 mins:Chelsea are really rushing things now, but that's just playing into the Saints' hands.
85 mins:Torres drags his shot wide after working space for himself down the right channel. He should possibly have done better from that position.
84 mins:Southampton seem stuck in two minds at the moment; should they sit back and protect what is a fantastic point for them, or push forward for a shock winner?
83 mins:Luiz is booked for a foul on Ramirez.
82 mins:The corner from Mata is a really poor one, and Southampton can clear.
80 mins:Torres tries to work himself some space to cross the ball and wins a corner. Time is running out here for the Blues...
78 mins:Torres replaces Lampard for Chelsea.
78 mins:It looks like Torres is getting ready to come on for the Blues.
76 mins:Southampton deserve to be level, make no mistake about that. They're on a brilliant run of form here, and they could easily grab a third goal.
74 mins:GOAL: CHELSEA 2-2 SOUTHAMPTON: A great run down the wing from Shaw ends in a neat pass to PUNCHEON, who unleashes a rocket of a shot that slams against the back of the net. Game on!
73 mins:Gaston Ramirez comes on for Guly.
72 mins:Mata is taking a while to get to his feet here, but should be fine to continue. Lampard takes the free kick for the Blues and the ball flashes inches wide of the post.
70 mins:Mata is fouled on the edge of the box by Yoshida and that's a free kick for the Blues in a very dangerous position.
68 mins:Ba meets the ball on the penalty spot with that talented boot of his, but he's stretching too far on the half volley, and his effort flashes over the bar.
66 mins:Richard Chaplow comes on for Davis.
65 mins:Ashley Cole bends the ball into the box, but there's nobody there in a blue shirt, not even the lively Ba, who has been all over the pitch tonight.
63 mins:Shaw knocks the ball inside to Guly, but he holds onto possession for just a few seconds too long, and the attacking play breaks down.
61 mins:Southampton are dictating the pace of the game now, as Oscar is forced to defend after good work from Davis.
59 mins:Chelsea have sprung to life after conceding that goal; it may be just what they needed to force them up a gear in this game.
57 mins:GOAL: CHELSEA 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON: LAMBERT's impact is immediate, the striker getting his head on a peach of a ball from Clyne, who beats Hazard before arrowing a cross into where Lambert is lurking.
56 mins:That substitution has been the highlight of this half; it really has been dull so far.
54 mins:Lambert comes on for Rodriguez.
53 mins:The crowd are trying to get Chelsea going; they want to see more goals, but Rafa Benitez is a man who knows how to set out his side to win a game without playing in an extravagant manner!
51 mins:Jason Puncheon takes Southampton's second corner of the game. Rodriguez jumps but doesn't meet the ball, and Chelsea can clear.
49 mins:Luiz is seeing plenty of the ball at the moment, but Chelsea are in no hurry to find a third goal here.
47 mins:Chelsea have started the half brightly, Luiz almost picking out Ba before the ball runs through to Boruc.
45 mins:The second half is now underway at Stamford Bridge.
45 mins:HALF TIME: CHELSEA 2-0 SOUTHAMPTON
44 mins:GOAL: CHELSEA 2-0 SOUTHAMPTON: HAZARD slots the ball home after an effort from Ramires bounces off the bar!
43 mins:Boruc punches the ball out for a corner after it bounces off Maya Yoshida. That was a real scramble there from the Saints and Boruc did well to clear the danger.
42 mins:Lampard shoots towards goal after a lovely pass from Mata, but the ball flashes narrowly wide of the target.
41 mins:A ball played over the top by Mata almost falls to the feet of Ba, but Boruc is alert, running off his line to clear the danger.
39 mins:One man who has played well tonight for the Saints is Nathaniel Clyne; he's been a defensive rock and an attacking force.
37 mins:Rodriguez brings the ball down brilliantly from a long ball played forward before laying it off to Steven Davis. He hits it first time rather than opting to take a touch, and the ball flashes wide of the post.
36 mins:That's better from Southampton, as Shaw breaks down the wing and crosses into the box. Luiz calmly takes the ball down on his chest and thumps it clear.
34 mins:Southampton are actually still edging the possession stats, but you wouldn't know it from watching this game. The away side are doing nothing of note with their possession.
32 mins:Southampton could do with having Rickie Lambert on the pitch. He may well be brought on for the second half.
30 mins:Guly Do Prado takes a corner for the Saints, but he gets it all wrong, the ball falling to a Chelsea player on the edge of the box.
28 mins:Southampton look slightly shell-shocked here but they just need to settle back down to the rhythm they managed earlier in this half.
26 mins:Oscar provided the assist for that goal, but Lampard battled away brilliantly on the right wing to regain possession.
24 mins:GOAL: CHELSEA 1-0 SOUTHAMPTON: BA opens the scoring with a magnificent finish! The ball is dropping down in the box but Ba pounces before it hits the ground, spins, and shoots past Artur Boruc.
23 mins:Azpilicueta plays a nice little one-two with Oscar, but Luke Shaw does well to stand his ground before hacking the ball clear.
21 mins:Chelsea are keeping the ball well, but mainly in their own half. Rafa Benitez might well expect more urgency from his players as this game progresses.
19 mins:Ba handles the ball and gives away a free kick. He's looking very lively tonight and just seems to offer more options up top than Fernando Torres.
17 mins:Looking quickly at the stats for this fixture, Southampton's last victory over Chelsea came in 2002, when they beat the Blues 4-2 at Stamford Bridge. It would be a shock if they left West London with all three points tonight, but they're not doing too badly so far.
15 mins:The spring in Southampton's step has faded just a touch over the last three or four minutes. Chelsea are starting to hit their stride.
13 mins:Cesar Azpilicueta spins a shot over the bar after lovely build-up play from Ba and Eden Hazard.
12 mins:The ball is knocked up towards Rodriguez, but the Chelsea midfield keeps its shape well to regain possession.
10 mins:Juan Mata sends a dangerous delivery into the box where Lampard is lurking, but the ball has slightly too much pace on it and runs out of play.
8 mins:It's refreshing to see a side come to Stamford Bridge and choose to attack rather than sit deep, but that sort of approach could well benefit the Blues as this game goes on and Southampton tire.
6 mins:David Luiz tries to tap the ball through to Demba Ba, but Southampton have just about enough men back to clear the danger.
4 mins:Chelsea's first real attack of the game ends in a shot from Oscar. The ball flashes wide of the post but that was a decent effort from the youngster.
3 mins:Southampton have started very brightly here; you can tell they're out to unsettle the Blues in these early stages.
1 mins:Frank Lampard, rather uncharacteristically, gives the ball away in a dangerous position and a rather wild effort from Jay Rodriguez clears the bar.
Tonight's match referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle and we're off.
Don't shout it too loudly around Stamford Bridge, a place where drama and instability on and off the pitch traditionally dominate, but Chelsea are starting to settle down under interim manager Rafa Benitez. With five wins from their last six league games, tonight's clash against Southampton offers a further opportunity to pile the pressure on the shoulders of the two Manchester clubs. Southampton, for their part, are on a decent run of form themselves, and won't just roll over here for the European Champions.
- English Barclays Premier League
- 16 January 2013, 7:45pm
- Stamford Bridge
- Attendance: 38,484
Chelsea dropped more points in the Premier League title race after failing to win for a third consecutive game at Stamford Bridge as they were held to a dramatic 2-2 draw by Southampton.
Demba Ba scored his first Premier League goal for the club on home soil and his third in 11 days against their opponents before Eden Hazard put the Blues in a comfortable lead before the break with his second goal in as many matches.
But Saints fought back in the second half as Rickie Lambert struck two minutes and 47 seconds after coming on as a substitute before Jason Puncheon grabbed an unlikely point with a wonderful equaliser to push Saints three clear of the drop zone.
Chelsea took an early grip on the game but Ashley Cole only managed a soft header back across goal in the early stages.
They did break the deadlock after 25 minutes though and, almost inevitably, Frank Lampard played a key role and Ba, who had marked his Chelsea debut with two goals in the FA Cup tie, finished.
The Chelsea captain beat Luke Shaw as he jinked his way into the box before laying the ball back for Azpilicueta to curl the cross in. Oscar and Jos Hooiveld both went for the header and the ball deflected up for the Senegalese striker, who executed an acrobatic volley to beat Artur Boruc.
And when Southampton made a hash of clearing their lines, Chelsea pounced for the second. Ramires rifled a shot off the post but Eden Hazard followed up to drill a left-footed shot from the edge of the box past Boruc.
The onus was on the visitors and manager Nigel Adkins threw on Lambert for Rodriguez after 55 minutes. Three minutes later he had scored.
Nathaniel Clyne escaped the attentions of Hazard down the right and swung in a deep cross for Lambert, who found space between three Chelsea defenders to head past Petr Cech for his 10th league goal of the season. No Englishman has scored more.
Chelsea suddenly looked a bit nervous at the back. The Blues had chances to wrap up the game but Ba rifled a spectacular volley over the top and Lampard curled a free-kick wide.
And then, with 15 minutes remaining, Southampton equalised. Youngster Luke Shaw charged 50 yards down the left and pulled the cross back for Puncheon, who teed the ball up with his first touch and powered a volley past Cech with his second.
Chelsea sent Torres on for Lampard to a chorus of boos. The Spaniard rifled one good chance wide and then lofted a cross straight behind for a goal-kick.
Since their 8-0 rout of Aston Villa on December 23rd, Chelsea have lost at home to QPR and Swansea and now drawn with the relegation-battling Saints.